It is that time of year again. I have started to gather information about the roads and access. I have received a few emails already, when I get more info I will let people know.
Here is a map of the area, with some help, gates and access points. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lPDdtD98ftKk2IQKlDowLKZfB6E&usp=sharing
The black roads are the roads that are open. People every year get routed onto Skyline drive and drop down Bacon Rind. (Light Blue roads) That is not the way unless you have a 4x4 and high clearance, and experience in that sort of thing. The road appears good, and gets worse as you go along, then people get fooled into thinking, well it is only a another mile, and have problems.
The main trail is the Green Road from the south, and the Purple from the north (know as the Miller Flat Road). Usually the south is dryer and lower elevation and and the gates go closer when they are open. From the north the gates are a distance away.
The snow melts fast there. You may have 8 inches one day, and have it gone the next. I have a few calls on when they expect the road to fully open, and it may be now, but do not count on it. They do not want people tearing up the road if it is muddy, so they leave it dry. In most days a car can make it to the campground The hill at the campground, just after the turnoff, is the only bad spot on the road. Four wheel drive vehicles are not normally needed anywhere along the road when it is open, unless you leave the main road.
Miller Flat (the Green and Purple roads on my map) normally fully opens the week before Memorial day. I would guess that is the case, or earlier this year. Stay tuned for more info when I get it. I have contacted a recent finder to see what was open/closed and problems he may have had.
For those coming, welcome, be careful, and have fun. It is a fantastic area. Remember the cache is at 9000 feet. So plan the time. There is no cellphone service, so you will be out of contact if there are problems. Expecially if you hike in. Few people will make the hike.