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May 21, 2017 Vesper road access
« on: 05/21/17, 08:54 PM »

I went up and poked around on my road bike. Road sign is gone eastbound on Mountain Loop Highway. Washout at 1.1 mile passable with car/4x4 as are some rutted area beyond; no snow at all.  3 cars in lot. Spectacular views nearing the parking lot. Bridge 1/4 of a mile in on the hiking trail to Headlee Pass was too much for me in my bike shoe cleats; decent hiking boots/poles recommended.  Rushing creek, weird old canted logs, no fall zone type of thing.  Overall more melted out than I expected.  NB the road is snow free to Barlow and below to Darrington on the gravel part of Loop but not officially open yet; Monte Cristo road also appeared to be snow-free.
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Re: May 21, 2o17 Vesper road access
« Reply #1 on: 05/21/17, 09:08 PM »

Thank you for the timely info!
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May 12, 2018 Mt Loop and Vesper road access
« Reply #2 on: 05/12/18, 05:32 PM »

Did the bike loop thing.  About 17 miles from Darrington: Road closed sign and serious gate. Looked fine however, so I continued and shortly saw a sign that said Barlow Pass 7 miles. Nice and traffic-free.  There was one tree across the road that would block basically all cars and trucks. The last 1/4 mile was snow on the road, requiring walking. Then, Barlow Pass and another gate. I did not go down the Sunrise Mine road; I think they took the signs for the road down. The last roadside snow remnants were down @ Big Four parking level.  Definitely doable by motorcycle or bike and should open soon for cars.
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