Thursday, April 19, 2007

Goldmyer Hot Springs Access Conditions, April 17th, 2007

From: Beth at Goldmyer Hot Springs

As of April 17, 2007: It's officially spring! That means snowmelt in the mountains, and changeable road and river conditions depending on temperature and rainfall. For example: If we get real heavy rainfall in a relatively short period of time, especially if it's also warmish, then the rivers will rise alot and quickly. Alternately, for example: If we have a stretch of cool and dryish conditions, then the river will be more moderate in depth and the road fairly dry. Currently we seem to be in a coolish-dryish weather pattern, and the river is ranging in the lower to mid thigh deep range to wade thru.

High clearance vehicles can drive all the way to the river ford. The Goldmyer property is clear of snow. High clearance vehicles will most likely still be stopped by snow about 1/2 mile before the upper footbridge trailhead. There's about 3 feet of snow at the trailhead (3000 ft. elevation). Snowshoes are probably still a good thing to have (for about 1-ish mile of the hike) if you're using the footbridge access because the snow is soft and you'd probably 'post-hole' down into the snow without snowshoes.

Footbridge construction (Forest Service project) is underway at the river ford. Park up top and walk down to the river. Completion is expected sometime early summer.

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