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Title: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on March 22, 2017, 11:15:28 AM
Hello Fellow Creekers,

I've been going fishing to RCL for over 25 years, but in all these years I've never had the opportunity to see the lake frozen. A couple of weeks ago I decided to do an over nighter just to photograph the lake.

I arrived at Tom's Place at 5AM but to my greatest disappointed, I had no idea that the 9 mile road was not plowed. I attempted to hike the 9 mile journey up in the snow and despite the extreme difficulty, I managed to make it up to Snow Park (I believe 6 miles in). However I had to quit when I was no longer able to move past that point because I was falling waist deep in the snow.  :( So reluctantly I hiked back down the 6 miles.  :cold:

So my question is, does anyone know when they will clear the road all the way up to the lake? I'd really, really (really) like to make it there before the lake melts!!! Any advice would be most appreciated.

BTW, here's some pics of that trip, in-case anyone cares;
https://sherin.smugmug.com/RCL-2017

Thank you all.

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: beldingi on March 22, 2017, 01:01:13 PM
It is usually plowed to the lake for the opening of fishing season (Fishmas), April 29 this year.

 :fishing3:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: wshawkins on March 22, 2017, 01:05:59 PM

Rock Creek Road has a low priority for snow removal, best to call ahead to make sure.  Rock Creek Lodge is your best bet as they are open this winter and pick up quests daily (877-935-4170).  Also Toms Place usually is up to date on Rock Creek road conditions (760-935-4259).
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on March 23, 2017, 10:37:54 AM
Thank you!  :chestbump:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 05, 2017, 01:41:06 PM
Hello Wshawkins

I've been trying those 2 numbers but I keep getting a machine. No one ever picks up.
Do you have another place I can try calling?
Or maybe do you know know now by any chance when the road up to RCL will be plowed?

Thanks,
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: wshawkins on April 05, 2017, 06:08:54 PM
Right now Road Creek Road is open for seven miles up to the snow park.  The week of the 10th Mono County is scheduled for plowing the rest of the road getting ready for the opener.  But there is another big storm coming in this weekend that could delay the plowing schedule. :shoveling:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: RockNCreekGirl on April 05, 2017, 06:18:33 PM
The last time it snowed like this the road was only plowed to the snow park.  On the chance they get it plowed to the lake, expect it only to be plowed to the entrance as the campground will not be open.  If you have 4WD you might be able to make it to the boat ramp.  Also be prepared to hike into the lake to fish and there is a chance the lake would still be frozen, don't know if anyone has reported on a thaw yet. You can call Tom's Place for road conditions 760-935-4239...number posted above was off by one number. 
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 05, 2017, 08:34:08 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I don't care about the campground. My main focus is to photograph the lake while it's still frozen. That's the whole point of this post, so timing is critical. Since I'm 5 hours away, I need to be able to find someone or some way to get accurate up to date malformation on the road, so I can make it up there before the lake melts.

I'll try the other number you gave me. Hopefully I can reach someone.

Thank you again!!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Dave on April 16, 2017, 03:05:34 PM
Just wanted to give you some information the conditions at RCL this past weekend. Road is clear up to East Fork Campground. Got there about 11am and started walking up the road that they're currently plowing but decided to cut down through the East Fork Campground and follow the tracks of the snowmobiles up to Rock Creek Lodge. Snow conditions: didn't need snow shoes, snow had iced over. Made it up to the lodge and from there i walked across one of the bridges to the main road. Followed the road up to Rock Creek Resort and over to the lake. The lake is still frozen with several feet of snow over it. I'm sure by next weekend they'll have even more of the road cleared to walk on. Made it back to the car by 2pm.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 16, 2017, 03:29:40 PM
Dave,
Thank you so much for the update. I was actually planning on driving this afternoon but decided against it because the road is not plowed all the way up to the lake. I spoke briefly to one of the guys that plows the road earlier this week, and he said that folks are able to hike to the lake because it's now icy & solid--unlike a few weeks ago when I tried it & fell thigh deep in snow. I guess they're taking your route?

At any rate, I'm planning on going up next Sunday. Hopefully the road will be accessible to the lake, yet with lots of white stuff all over the trees, and of course a frozen lake. My main objective is to get there before the lake even starts to melt. I'm really looking forward to it.

Again, thanks for thee feedback. I appreciate your update!!
Happy Easter weekend to you.

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Little Hardrock on April 17, 2017, 07:51:38 PM
this is rock creek road above Eastfork.. the plowing has begun!  (posted on facebook by the mono county tourism)

(http://i465.photobucket.com/albums/rr20/newmountainbike/clip%20art%202016/image_zpsza9jhcmm.jpeg) (http://s465.photobucket.com/user/newmountainbike/media/clip%20art%202016/image_zpsza9jhcmm.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 17, 2017, 09:09:39 PM
Very cool, thanks you!
Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Packer on April 18, 2017, 11:35:42 AM
Hey, what's all that white stuff in my camping spot!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: playingmenace on April 18, 2017, 02:49:02 PM
Maybe butter that was left out?
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: bj on April 19, 2017, 10:05:15 AM
Great shot of the plow!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 19, 2017, 10:38:53 AM
Hello Everyone,

Anyone know of the progress (or future progress) of the plowing?
Do they anticipate the road to be plowed all the way up to the lake by Sunday?

If you have any tidbits of useful info please let me know.  :doglick:

Thanks,
Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: P A C on April 19, 2017, 12:08:51 PM
Sorry I don't have (but probably now should) have the following phone numbers or URL links, but would encourage to you to 'Google' or otherwise research and contact the following and ask each of them the questions:

 - USDA Forest Service White Mountain Ranger Station/District Office in Mammoth Lakes

 - Mono County Department of Transportation/Roads/ or etc - County Seat is in Bridgeport, Mono County, CA
 - - Search for a Sub Station at Sherwin Grade, or nearby.

 - Call Tom's Place and see if they have any info from employees that work for above agencies that might frequent their Restaurant/Bar

 - Call Rock Creek LODGE (not Resort)

And if fortunate enough, we might hear first hand from Scout who has first hand knowledge and likely contacts at all of the above.

Best of Luck - and Be Safe on Sunday
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 19, 2017, 12:26:43 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Little Hardrock on April 20, 2017, 08:24:14 AM
Inyo county sherriff's office posted this today:



Current Road Conditions for Inyo County Mountain Roads:

1) Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s place – CLOSED- Mono County is expected to begin snow removal operations the week of April 17th (weather permitting). Inyo Road Dept. will not be able to access or estimate the snow removal timeline for the last mile of Rock Creek Rd. in Inyo County until the week of May 1st.

2) Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN- No restrictions

3) Sabrina Rd. - CLOSED- Inyo section, one lane clearing operations to the (unplowed) USFS parking lot, 0-5’ of snow on roadway. Due to avalanche concerns, snow removal operations have been suspended until this storm cycle ends (approximately May 1st). The lake is currently covered in 2-6’ of snow. Caltrans section, unknown timeline to opening.

4) North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Currently 0-5’ of snow on road way, due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd. conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 1st.

5) South Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is at the Bishop Creek Lodge, one lane clearing operations to the Pack Station, 2’-6’of snow, operations dependent on weather and avalanche conditions.

6) Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN- No restrictions

7) Onion Valley Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is at Seven Pines Rd., Currently clearing as weather and conditions permit, anticipated opening May 1st.

8) Whitney Portal Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is just above Hogback Rd., snow/rock removal operation is in process, anticipated opening May 1st to the USFS parking lot.

9) Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- Due to road structural damage and rockslides; Inyo County is currently working with partner agencies on repair options. Anticipated opening June/July.

10) Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN – No restrictions.

*The large quantity of snow this winter, and the weather patterns, is hampering the spring road opening operations. As storms continue, expect and be prepared for, changes to road conditions

Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 20, 2017, 08:26:46 AM
Oh noooo!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Little Hardrock on April 20, 2017, 08:27:55 AM
kind of a list of 'you cant get there from here'.....
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 20, 2017, 08:39:39 AM
I just spoke with one of the guys that plows the road, and he said that folks are hiking up the road past his plowing area, even though it's not plowed all the way up. However he's not sure if they are able to hike all the way up to the lake or not. He "thinks" they are.

I'd hate to make the 5-hour trip again only to find out that I can't make it to the lake. I don't care about how far the hike is, just as long as it's physically doable (no deep snow).

Anyone out there made it to the lake or talked to someone that did?

Thanks,
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Hillbasher on April 20, 2017, 11:46:31 AM
If you don't own any, rent some snowshoes. You will make it then, as all you are doing is walking up a road.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 20, 2017, 01:01:39 PM
Hey Hillbasher,

I was told the snow is compacted, so you can hike on it. Is that incorrect?
Also, where do you rent them? Nothing here in LA.

Thanks for your suggestion!
lint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Dave on April 21, 2017, 05:40:30 PM
Clint, Eastside sports  in Bishop rent snow for 12 bucks a day. From east fork to the Rock creek lake is just under 3 miles. When I hiked it last week the snow was crusted and supported my 230 lb frame with no "post holing" I would think by now they would have even more of the road plowed but probably just for foot traffic no cars. Going up took me two Hrs and only an Hr to get down. I haven't been able to figure out how to post Pic yet on this form but if I figure it out I will. Good luck!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 21, 2017, 08:13:53 PM
Thanks Dave!

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: bpeairs on April 22, 2017, 06:28:47 PM
Hey Hillbasher,

I was told the snow is compacted, so you can hike on it. Is that incorrect?
Also, where do you rent them? Nothing here in LA.

Thanks for your suggestion!
lint

The MSR Lighting Ascents are the best money can buy. Spendy, but completely worth it.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: OldSarge on April 25, 2017, 01:12:44 PM
Any update on the road clearing effort?
How far are we going to have to snow shoe to get out on the lake?
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Dave on April 25, 2017, 06:35:45 PM
Two weeks ago the snow was crusted enough to walk on....but I'm sure those conditions have changed. They were busy plowing the road from East Fork which is only three miles from the lake so I have to imagine they've gotten pretty close. Even if it's not completely  open for cars I would think it should be open enough to walk. Here are some pictures of my hike.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Little Hardrock on April 25, 2017, 07:05:43 PM
love the footprints in the snow:)
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Hillbasher on April 26, 2017, 11:55:27 AM
Hey Hillbasher,

Also, where do you rent them? Nothing here in LA.

Thanks for your suggestion!
lint
Well REI Arcadia and the one in Tustin both rent them but if you can get them in Bishop for $12 a day, that sounds like your best deal.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Topwater Terry on April 27, 2017, 10:27:33 PM
Clint-those are some spectacular pics!  I had not idea you were Clint the raquetball player from my gym lol,   small world!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Packer on April 28, 2017, 05:42:45 PM
You go to a gym Terry? I did not know the have casting machines to work out on! :lol2:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Topwater Terry on April 30, 2017, 09:50:44 AM
Its for raquetball,  but not against Clint, he's way too good  :clap:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on April 30, 2017, 04:53:29 PM
Thank you all for all your input. I was finally able to hike up to the frozen lake. I've posted some of the pictures on my website here;
https://sherin.smugmug.com/Rock-Creek-Lake-17APR17

See you on the lake this summer for some great fishin  :fishing3:

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: bpeairs on May 01, 2017, 07:32:25 AM
Clint -

How was East Fork looking? Still buried under a ton of snow? Trying to figure out if our Memorial Day Weekend is actually happening this year.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Little Hardrock on May 01, 2017, 07:44:11 AM
what a great collection of photos!!!!!!!

thank you!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 01, 2017, 07:58:19 AM
There's still plenty of snow at East Fork. No where near the amount when I was up there 2 weeks ago, but still lots of it. However it seems to be disappearing fast. I wouldn't count Memorial Day out! That's almost a month away. I'd be willing to bet that there will be no snow at all by then.

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 02, 2017, 07:25:44 AM
I'll take that bet ... I bet the campground is open but I also bet there will be snow on the ground  :cold: :camping:  we stayed at Eastfork over Memorial day 5 years ago , when we arrived on Friday it was sunny but there was snow still on the ground . At 11:00 that night it started to snow and snow and snow by morning it was a winter wonderland  :clap:  Did I mention all those tent campers on Friday ,LOTS and Saturday morning they all came out of their tents excited with the snow but by 10:00 they had all packed up and gone home .There were literally my husband and I ,my brother in law and his wife and the hosts the rest of the campground was empty ... it was amazing  :clap:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 02, 2017, 08:55:17 AM
Ok Corey,

So if I'm right, you owe me 1 of Sue's pies!!  :lol2:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 02, 2017, 09:26:56 AM
OK but you do know Sue doesn't bake pies anymore  :pie:  Its her daughter now and its cobbler or her son in laws BBQ  :clap:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 02, 2017, 12:22:20 PM
Oh bummer!!! I forgot. I'm so disappointed.
Nothing like taking a break from the lake in the middle of the day, walking over to the lodge for a nice slice ala mode.  I'm gonna miss Jim & Sue!!!
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 03, 2017, 07:11:53 AM
They are still there. The cobbler is really good and the BBQ sauce is to die for . Not sure if they are doing it this year but last summer they had a Happy hour  :clap: :clap:  very cool
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 03, 2017, 07:57:30 AM
I remember now. I was there last summer (every year!). We did have the cobbler. It was good but I miss tradition---coconut cream or mixed berry a la mode at noon, after 6 hours on the lake.

Perhaps they'll surprise us every once in a while with a pie or two once a year.

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 04, 2017, 07:47:59 AM
Mine was pecan chocolate chip or mudd pie  :pie: :pie:  and yes I miss it too. My daughter was devastated when she found out it was her favorite part of going camping . :camping:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 04, 2017, 07:50:09 AM
Did you see the weather report  :cold: :cold:  They are expecting snow this weekend  :yodel: :shoveling:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 04, 2017, 08:04:25 AM
Ya, but it won't last. Like I said earlier, I was amazed at the snow level that 2 weeks made from the 1st trip to my last trip a few weeks ago.
I'll still hang on to my bet. I'm going to enjoy that cobbler!!!

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 15, 2017, 11:12:20 AM
Hey Clint it's snowing in Mammoth  :cold: :cold:  :yodel: :shoveling:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 15, 2017, 12:51:30 PM
I was wondering when I'd hear back from you :)

So basically what you're telling me is I will probably owe you big bucks (or at least a BIG slice of cobbler). right?  :pie2:
Well don't count your ingredients yet missy! I still have a little time to redeem myself!

Clint

Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: retired96 on May 15, 2017, 02:33:15 PM
Just looked at the Cowley can and its snowing,,, ground
 is white with snow...
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 15, 2017, 04:10:39 PM
Any pics???
Wish I was up there now!

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: RockNCreekGirl on May 15, 2017, 08:30:06 PM
I know my place still has a lot of snow and I can't drive in quite yet.  As far as East Fork goes, its still in the 30's at night, actually 26 tonight, so snow will stick.  Should get up to the 60's this weekend.  Last weekend there was still at least 2 feet of snow on the ground around East Fork, thanks to our neighbor that hiked in to give us a report.  We will see if they can get East Fork cleared out by Memorial Day. 
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 16, 2017, 07:28:17 AM
There are pictures/video on the Rock creek facebook page.

Looking forward to my trip in July  :happy: :trailer: :campfiregroup: :marshmallow:

Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 16, 2017, 07:58:00 AM
Corey, please provide some info about water level, fishing, etc upon your return in July. I'm going in September.

Thanks,
Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 17, 2017, 06:38:22 AM
Absolutely !
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Engine27 on May 17, 2017, 03:23:34 PM
Clint, I'm taking off tomorrow to go fishing for a week while camping at Benton creek and plan on making a trip to Rock Creek lake some time during the trip. I will fill you in on what I find if you like. Ray.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 17, 2017, 03:26:15 PM
Thanks Ray, that's awesome.
Have a great trip!!!   :fishing3:

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Topwater Terry on May 17, 2017, 10:56:32 PM
I'm going to be on the Upper Owens on Sunday,  afterwards hopefully I can convince Salim to take a drive up Rock creek as far as we can go,  def. wanna get a lil video of what will prolly be a torrent of water,  should be quite a sight  :clap:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 18, 2017, 07:23:53 AM
Is this one of your famous 1 day trips Terry ?  Have a Great time  :fishing3:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 18, 2017, 07:42:07 AM
Look forward to your video TT!

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: bj on May 18, 2017, 11:14:30 AM
I'm going to be on the Upper Owens on Sunday,  afterwards hopefully I can convince Salim to take a drive up Rock creek as far as we can go,  def. wanna get a lil video of what will prolly be a torrent of water,  should be quite a sight  :clap:
The creek was wild and muddy at Tom's a couple of weeks ago.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Topwater Terry on May 22, 2017, 11:34:37 PM
Will post some pics and video soon.  Had a great trip,  ate Prime rib at Tom's,  Pastrami at Schatts,  caught huge Cutthroats and bows' on Lower Mcgee.  Went up to the lake,  it was mostly still frozen,  much of the road around the lake is covered in snow.  The creek was really roaring,  but I was told it will prolly be even higher this week as we should have a pattern of warm days for a while.  More on this soon,  stand by...
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 23, 2017, 07:44:57 AM
NICE!

Can't wait to see the pics!!
is RC Resort open yet?

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 23, 2017, 10:01:13 AM
Not till this weekend there's :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: to much snow
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 23, 2017, 10:10:23 AM
Hey, it's 95 down here

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Engine27 on May 23, 2017, 07:06:05 PM
Clint, just got back from a weeks fishing and camping on the Owens river. Went up to Rock Creek lake yesterday and even got in an hour of fishing and caught and released 2 fish. The lake is still covered in snow I would say at least 90%. From Big Meadows camp ground to the lake are still closed along with the store. The road is completely plowed to the store but the road to the lake from the store is not so you have to track over snow to get to the lake, I have some pictures to show but every time I go to send them it tells me the file is too big ( any suggestions? ) Ray.
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 23, 2017, 07:58:46 PM
Hey Ray, thanks for the fishing report. Sounds promising for my trip. I can't wait till September!!

As far as the pictures, I'm guessing you just downloaded them from your camera and tried to upload them to here. Not sure what kind of camera you have,or more importantly, the size of each file, but you will need to reduce each photo to accommodate uploading them to this site. They are now in high resolution, and you need to reduce them to low resolution using Photoshop or your camera's software. (Basically just saving them in lower format).

I look forward to seeing them!!  :clap:

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 25, 2017, 07:02:56 AM
AHH Clint ... Seeing as Eastfork isn't opening this weekend due to snow  :clap: :clap: I WIN  :clap: :clap: :yodel: :shoveling: :freezing: :pie:
I however will be at Convict where the expected temp is 70 , I am a HAPPY girl :camping:
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 25, 2017, 07:53:42 AM
To you goes the big prize---cobbler of your choice.
Ok, so come in September so I can pay up. I'll be easy to find, 1st guy on the lake, and last guy with a sun burn to leave at sunset.

Clint
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Corey Baer on May 25, 2017, 10:33:06 AM
Its possible we will be up there in September ... I love Fall in the Sierra's
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Engine27 on May 25, 2017, 12:33:11 PM
Clint, sent you a PM, still having a problem downloading the pics, Ray
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Engine27 on May 25, 2017, 04:43:58 PM
Rock Creek lake on Tuesday afternoon
Title: Re: Request RCL Info
Post by: Clint on May 26, 2017, 08:45:05 AM
Beautiful pic E27!!!
Thank you,

Clint