10-15-11 Snow closed the road above the Barcroft gate in mid-October. The gate is now locked up for winter.
The USFS engineers graded the White Mountain Road in time for the Open House on August 7. The road is now in "normal" condition, rough and rocky, but suitable for all vehicles. We recommend heavy duty tires and/or very slow driving to avoid punctures on the sharp rocks.
Here's a photo from June 25, 2005. It's not always easy to open the road in spring!
Older road notices....
July 14, 2011 The heavy runoff has washed away parts of the White Mountain Road between Patriarch Grove and Barcroft. We recommend the use of high clearance or 4wd vehicles if you are driving to Barcroft.
July 10, 2011 We opened a track to Barcroft July 4, but the the road is in very poor condition. 4wd and high clearance are needed.
Spring 2011 We opened Crooked Creek on June 3. See May 18 snow cat trip photos...
Fall 2010. Early October snows close road to Barcroft. A series of small storms brought snow to Sheep Pass, Barcroft, and even, temporarily, to Crooked Creek. As of November 1, drifts have blocked the road at Sheep Pass. Barcroft Station closes early, on October 19.
Snowcat opens Barcroft road June 20, 2010. Muddy! 4wd only!
May 4, 2010 Huge drifts are blocking the road to Crooked Creek, and continuing cool weather is slowing the spring melt. It may be weeks before the road is open to Crooked Creek. The road to Barcroft could be opened much later, even as late as July!
October 20, 2009. Deep drifts block road north of Sheep Pass: Barcroft road closed for season.
October 16, 2009 Road open to Crooked Creek for all vehicles. Road still closed below Sheep Pass.
October 14, 2009 A surprise October storm dumped 1-2 feet of snow in the Whites. As of this morning the road is open to Crooked Creek only if you have high clearance 4wd and chains. We expect this will improve over the next few days. However, the road to Barcroft may be closed for the season as heavy snow fell on Sheep Pass. We will know more over the next few days.
May 26, 2009 Road to Barcroft has been cleared of snow. Will be ready for travel by Thursday, May 28!
November 8, 2008. Another snowfall closed the White Mountain road entirely.
November 1, 2008. Drifting snow closed the road over Sheep Pass. One tourist van was stuck and the occupants rescued during the middle of the night.
October 11, 2008
June 19, 2008 road opened to Barcroft. Gate closed and locked.
June 3, 2008. Crooked Creek open, sheep pass closed by deep drifts. Barcroft access by snow cat only.
January 2008 All roads blocked by snow, starting at Westgard Pass.
June 1, 2007 roads open; Barcroft gate locked
December 8, 2006 Road to Barcroft closed; gate locked.
October 25, 2006 road passable but slippery on N-facing slopes of sheep pass - may need 4wd and/or chains.
October 16, 2006 road mostly blocked by snow, but remained passable using 4WD and chains
June 23, 2006, road open to Barcroft: Barcroft gate locked.
June 20, 2006. Snow ploughed away from roadbed, muddy but open to Barcroft Gate.
May 18, 2006. Snow cleared enabling WMRS vehicles to drive to Crooked Creek. However, the gates are still locked at Schulman Grove, and there are drifts blocking the road past the Crooked Creek turnoff. Silver Canyon road gate is locked and there are reports of rocks and debris on the steep parts of the road.
January 1 2006 White Mountain Roads closed; snow blocks road at Westgard Pass turnoff.
July 4, 2005 Roads to Barcroft and Crooked Creek are in normal summer condition. Please note that the White Mountain road is washboarded and visitors should allow for some extra time in getting up to the stations.
July 1, 2005 The road to Barcroft is extremely muddy and should not be used by 2 WD vehicles until the mud dries. The road should be passable by next Tuesday July 5. Please note that the White Mountain road is washboarded and visitors should allow for some extra time in getting up to the stations.
June 24, 2005 WM road is barricaded at the turnoff to the Patriarch Grove. Snow blocks access between Sheep Mt. and Piute Mt.
June 6, 2005 Road open to Crooked Creek, barricaded beyond CC. Snow blocks access at Sheep Mountain and Barcroft. Snow deep on road near Barcroft.
June 4, 2005 Road open to Schulman Grove. Locked beyond. With keys, driveable to Crooked Creek on Saturday June 4.