Current Condition Update
Boulder Lake on May 16, 2008. View looking southwest, standing on the ridge between Boulder and Burnt Lake drainages.
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
May 20, 2008
With the big Memorial Day weekend coming up, we know a lot of people are anxious to get outdoors and enjoy the spring weather.
Most of the roads at lower elevations are dry and firm. Shady spots may still be a bit soft, especially with elevation gain. Snowline is at about 8,000 feet.
Green River Lakes road is NOT open yet (as of Tuesday, May 20). Access there is about five miles in on the gravel road. We’ve heard reports of people getting stuck trying to get in there this week. We encourage people to wait and let the road dry up before trying to go beyond the dry portions of the road so they don’t create deep ruts in the soft road surface.
New Fork Lake road is open up to the trailhead and RVs can get in. The Forest Service is working on getting water on in their campgrounds, but we’re still getting some freezing temperatures, so campers are advised to bring their own water for their needs in case the campground they pick still doesn’t have water on yet.
Roads into Fremont, Soda, Willow, Half Moon, Meadow, Burnt and Boulder Lakes are open and dry.
Big Sandy road is open to the summer homes, but still snowed in beyond that.
The upper ends of the lakes still have a skiff of ice on them, but the lower ends are ice free for boating. Most boat ramps are dry and accessible.
Leaves are just beginning to come out on shrubs. Mosquitoes and biting bugs aren’t out yet. Roads into high elevation trailheads (Green River Lakes, Elkhart, Big Sandy) are still snowed in, accessible only by over-snow vehicles or skis. Temperatures have reached as high as the 80s during the day. Night-time temperatures are still chilly. Ticks should make an appearance anytime.
If anyone has current updates for additional areas, we’d appreciate an e-mail with a status report so we can pass it on, email@example.com.
Photos by Dawn Ballou and Dave Bell. Unless otherwise indicated, photos were taken on Friday, May 16.