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« Thread started on: Nov 29th, 2009, 4:23pm »

I am heading to bagby this coming weekend Saturday the 5th of Dec, does anyone know how the road and the weather is? please let me know, feel free to e-mail me on my e-mail tankgurl52@hotmail.com

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Re: Road and Weather Conditions
« Reply #1 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 6:52pm »

Yes, I would like to go up this weekend too with my godchildren but don't want to drive all the way up there with them if we can't get there. Does anyone know if the roads are clear to the parking lot?
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Re: Road and Weather Conditions
« Reply #2 on: Dec 13th, 2009, 11:06pm »

The weekend of December 4-6, 2009 had cold but clear days. The road was ice covered from road 63 up to Bagby. I would imagine that the roads are still ice covered and have a dusting of snow by now.

Always be prepared for winter conditions regardless of forecast or information received from websites or others. I would suggest having a full gas tank and carrying chains, a shovel, a saw, and food/water. Remember Bagby is over an hour away from any services, gas, or cell phone coverage. Everyone should be prepared for emergency situations!

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 25th, 2009, 7:13pm »

Can bagby still be accessed? How far of a snowshhoe trip from where the road no longer becomes driveable?
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 4th, 2010, 11:35am »

As of 1/1/10 there was about 5 or 6 inches of snow, with one set of ruts. The parking lot at the springs had as much as 8 to 10 inches in spots. It is about that time of year when it is not a good idea to take you sedan or crossover to the springs. As we all saw last week, the weather can change in the blink of an eye and dump 4 to 6 inches an hour, with near white out conditions. I would strongly recommend anyone who goes to the springs only bring a 4 wheel drive, with good tires, a set of chains, and a good tow strap. Subaru's are nice in three or four inches of snow, but the center rut is going to be to big in the next few weeks for a crossover with only a few inches of clearance. Also bring extra food and water, and tell someone where you are and if your not back by the next day to call for help. We saw several compact cars trying to slip and slide up the mountain to get to the springs. If it snowed 3 or 4 more inches while they were at the springs they would have been stuck. One more thing, the trail is steep at times and can go from slush and snow to a sheet of ice in a matter of 30min. BRING CRAMPONS. I was up there about three weeks ago and the trail from one end to the other was smooth as a sheet of glass. Without crampons it would have been a life threatening 1 mile hike. So just do me a favor and make sure your prepared. Winter mountaineering is not cheep and most of the time it is just fun enough to make up for the extreme danger involved. Don't be the guy that I gave a ride to last weekend. He was going up to the springs in his Volvo, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, got a flat tire and was walking to Estacada to get cell service. People die when they do stupid crap like that.
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Re: Road and Weather Conditions
« Reply #5 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 9:33pm »

Thanks for the back up DodgeRam. I don't want to discourage Those who are prepared from making the trip, but I have been an winter sports enthusiast for most of my life and never have I seen more people put them selves in danger then at Bagby Hot Springs. Please if you want to go to the springs read read read about winter hiking and get a friend who knows what he/she is doing to come with you. Bagby this time of year is not like a walk down the esplanade loop. You could die, or rack up thousands of dollars in search and rescue costs, or just F-up your car, none of which sound like much fun to me.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 8th, 2010, 1:19pm »

on Jan 4th, 2010, 11:35am, Dan wrote:
Don't be the guy that I gave a ride to last weekend. He was going up to the springs in his Volvo, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, got a flat tire and was walking to Estacada to get cell service. People die when they do stupid crap like that.


I probably talked to one of the occupants of the Volvo you mention. You probably picked up another. The man I talked to couldn't even identify what his friend was wearing. He could only really tell me his ethnicity and name. I'm glad someone found him.

Anyway, I was up at the springs on the 1st. Conditions weren't horrible but I was preparred as well as my rig. On the way up we passed an Explorer that was in a ditch on the opposite side of the road. On the way back there were people there. After a man had spent a good deal of time digging out the wheels, I spent about an hour trying to tug their car out. No success, I couldn't get the correct angle since the road was so narrow at the location. I basically pulled their car up and down the ditch about half a dozen times. My feeling is that the drivers side is pretty marked up from the impact as well as exit attempts. So my point to the story is that even though there's people willing to help if sh!t does happen, you may still end up in trouble.

Also, I'd like to mention something about road etticate. As I was driving up, I came upon a car traveling down the road from the springs. I stopped and as I was pulling into the snow outside of the ruts, the car started towards me barely giving enough room to pass as they cruised by. If you're in a situation like, please give time and space.
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Re: Road and Weather Conditions
« Reply #7 on: Nov 27th, 2010, 10:04pm »

We were going to head up this weekend or next, has anyone been up lately, wondering what road conditions are? Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: Nov 29th, 2010, 01:00am »

Dear caitlynk

Just a guess here, Snow-Ice-Rain-Wind-Cold-Mud Slide-Fallen Trees any one of these or a combination of any of these .
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