March 13, 2015
(all links have been updated, if one isnt working please let me know)
Currently all local forests are in winter closure mode. Open trails, such as mormon immigrant, are labeled on the individual forest OHV use maps. Below is some detail on the individual forests and their planned opening dates. Note that a forest order may be used to extend a seasonal closure if there is still snow on the ground.
El Dorado National Forest - (closest to us, includes our trail). Seasonal closure is in effect until at least March 31st. Details on main routes can be found at the link below. FS updates occasionally. EDNF also has a twitter that is regularly updated with info on Mormon Immigrant Trail. Note that some of the storm damage from last winter still has not been repaired.
Tahoe National Forest - (north of EDNF, includes fordyce and signal peak). Seasonal closure in effect until at least March 31st. Details on main routes can be found at the link below. Highway 80 section is probably most relevant. This FS office is terrible at updating their site. When in doubt, use the info on the maps about closures.
Rubicon Trail - (the trails is a county road so it is subject to a totally different management structure). The trail is open most of the year but does close during work, events, and big storms. The link below is the county conditions report that is the best way to know if it is open. Though the trail doesnt close over winter, it is impassible for most rigs until about may due to snow. A winter crossing (when there is snow) requires big tires, lots of digging, lots of winching, ~250ft of winch line extensions, tons of extra fuel, etc. The pirate4x4 link is the best place for up to date trail info.
Tahoe Basin Management Unit - (all areas near tahoe, ellis peak, blackwood canyon, genoa peak ) Seasonal closure in effect. Re-opening date vary trail to trail. Most open on either May 15 or June 1. The link below lists the closure dates for campgrounds and halfway down the page trails and roads are listed. There is no good place to get info on conditions since this FS office just closes everything seasonally.
Stanislaus National Forest - (south of EDNF, slickrock trail and southern end of deer valley trail) Seasonal Closure in effect. Trails re-open on April 15. Below is a link to the conditions and access to various campgrounds and sites within the forest. This office is terrible about updating conditions but doesnt like to extend closures so if the map indicates somehting is open, it likely is.
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