April 6th, 2022 @ 6:54 AM – Good morning, it’s a beautiful day here in the Eastern Sierra with no clouds expected today. Just blue skies with warm highs from our mini Spring heatwave. Highs in Mammoth Lakes will be in the around 70 with Main Lodge in the low 60s and the mid-80s for Bishop.
This week’s warm-up will bring the snowline further up in elevation, right now the area is snowless below around 7500 feet. Then up to 8000 feet, the snow is gone in areas of direct sun with snow patches in areas that are in the shade.
Checking out at Shady Rest there is a mix of snow and dirt now while the Mammoth Sherwin Creek and Mammoth Creek dirt roads are open and good for a drive or mountain bike ride.
The Mammoth Lakes paved trails are mostly cleared out from Kelly Road down into and around town now. Just beware of the snow piles that have not melted in the shady spots.
Up in the Mammoth Lakes Basin Lakes, everything is still frozen and covered in snow but the early thaw is on.
In the lower elevations with the snow gone, you can venture off on all the dirt roads in the area, most roads are dust-free right now. Crowley Lake is ice-free with crews at the marina getting ready for the opener that is one month away.
Toms Place and the lower part of Upper Rock Creek road are open, with Lower Rock Creek into full snow-less spring mode.
If you venture around Bishop, Spring is in full bloom. The high desert is also turning to a lovely shade of green from the top of the grade down now.
Recreational Weather Forecast: If you’re going to be out on the hill or out in the high country (8500 Feet or higher) today you can expect clear skies with highs in the 60s. Winds will be out of the NE this morning and shift over the west at 5-15 MPH at some point during the day.
Nighttime lows this week will be in the low to mid-30s, so expect the snow to continue the freeze-thaw cycle that creates the real corn snow.
Lower Elevations: From Mammoth Lakes down to Toms Place expect clear skies, highs will be in the 60s with the Bishop/Mill Pond areas in the mid-80s. Winds in lower elevations will be light at 5-10 MPH out of the SW at times.
For the full Mammoth Mountain and Eastern Sierra weather forecast use this link.
Snow Conditions: The snow conditions are now full-on Spring from top to bottom out on Mammoth Mountain. Once we lose the NE flow today I would expect everything to corn up by mid-day. Should be a great time for those of you who like Spring Skiing and Snowboarding.
That will change this week as a warming trend starts on Tuesday and the winds die for the most part by mid-week. To get my full Mammoth Mountain Snow Report with fresh images from this week using this link.
East Side Mountain Biking: The season is on in elevations below 8000 feet. The next few days will be a great time for an adventure down to Lower Rock Creek Canyon. Or give Sherwin Road off of Old Mammoth Road a spin.
To learn more about where to ride right now check out the East Side Mountain Bike Report Page.