2019 NCLR - Shaver Lake Snow Run

From February 15, 2019 13:08 until February 17, 2019 20:00
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Posted by Lutzi Haas
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Feb 15-16-17

Will we have snow? How much? It's too early to make any predictions but it is time to start planning our annual Shaver Lake / Bald Mountain trip!

Like last year, this year we are basing the trip around President's day weekend but we are returning to our previous Friday-Sunday schedule.

Our campground will once again be Camp Edison. We usually cluster along the Dogwood loop, roughly spots 221-237. The spots are big enough to accommodate 2 vehicles per and sharing is encouraged. Reservations can be made on-line:


A bit about Camp Edison:

Shaver Lake is located at the 5,500 ft. elevation, one hour northeast of Fresno in central California. The area is known for abundant outdoor activities: snow skiing, snowmobiling, water skiing, fishing, and backpacking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling and camping.

Camp Edison has heated bathrooms with shower facilities (tokens can be purchased with quarters on the way in), and electrical outlets for each campsite. The breakers can trip easily, so please talk to your camp mates about any heaters or equipment with high power needs you may be using.

Once you’ve made your reservation, let us know and we’ll post who’s where.

Don’t want to camp even with power and hot showers? Not to worry – there are a number of places where you can have a roof over your head in the area. Fair warning – I have not personally stayed at any of these places so check specific location and amenities yourself.


This is usually a popular trip and breaking the group into 2 is always the best way to help keep things moving. The earlier we start the better our chances of avoiding traffic jams on this popular trail and the firmer the snow pack will be meaning less stuck and more go. Of course some people prefer to sleep in, and this time of year sunrise isn't until quite late anyway so I'm going to lead the first group out at 8:00 AM. I'll need a sucker volunteer with experience to lead the second group at 9:30

We'll want to start lining trucks up 15 minutes prior to departure so we can roll ON TIME. Really....let's try to get on the road on schedule for once!

We'll leave camp and head to the turn-off for for Rock Creek Rd. where we'll air down. If the snows are heavy we may not even make it to the trailhead and if they're light we may have an easy drive to the top of the mountain. We just won't know what to expect until we get closer to the event and find out what Mother Nature has in mind for us.

Run group 1 – 8:00 AM

Don - D1

Run group 2 – 9:30 AM

We’ll be running the Bald Mountain trail. GPX here:

General information:

Location: Camp Edison

Trip Leader: Dhappel

Current Weather Conditions at Shaver Lake

Shaver Lake webcams

Camp Edison
P.O.Box 600
42696 Tollhouse Rd.
Shaver Lake, CA. 93664
Phone: 559-841-3134
Fax: 559-841-3193

Map & GPS of Area:
Camp Edison 37° 7'19.64"N 119°18'53.75"W
Shaver Lake Snow Run Trail Head 37° 4'6.56"N 119°10'52.67"W
Bald Mountain Trail Head 37° 6'5.17"N 119°10'11.50"W

Expected Trail conditions:
Expect deep snow fingers crossed, stay on the trial at all times or you will get very stuck very quickly.
There is always the possibility of body damage. Ruts, whoops, drifts, ice, are all common ways to crunch a panel.
If you stop forward movement, do not spin your wheels. The friction melts the snow and then freezes into ice, reducing the quality of the trail surface.

Vehicle Requirements:
Chains- Chains may be required on the way to Camp Edison for vehicles on standard street tires. AT or MT tires and 4WD (aka most of us) w/o chains are typically allowed by the CHP even when chain restrictions are in place. If you have street tires and plan to hit the trail, you will need two sets of chains. If you have not installed chains before, please test fit them before the trip. Check for clearance issues around brake or ABS lines as well as wheel wells during articulation. Stock vehicles (without chains) should remain at Camp Edison and find someone to ride shot-gun with on Bald Mountain.

All vehicles should be fitted with All Terrain or Mud Terrain tires and have a full sized spare. A tire repair kit is recommended. Tires aired down before hitting trail

Recovery Points
Strong recovery points front and rear are a must. Expect to pull someone (or yourself) from either end of your truck multiple times.

Required Safety & Recovery Equipment
Fire extinguisher, Hi-Lift and/or X-Jack (at least one vehicle carry one), winch (every other vehicle is optimal), recovery strap (each vehicle should have their own)
Metal shovel (shovel snow), first aid kit, repair tools and spares to suit your vehicle, tire gauge and tire pump
Emergency overnight pack of food, water, blanket

Trail Communications:
HAM radio 146.460 (simplex)

Shaver Lake Repeaters
146.820- 141.3 KE6JZ

Clothing Suggestions:
Snow/winter clothing- layer with base clothing that wicks sweat, polar fleece, wind/water repellent shell jacket or winter jacket; winter gloves, hat or beanie, and snow boots. Be prepared for rain/sleet as well. Sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Again, we don't know what the conditions will be this far out and weather in the mountains can change rapidly. Be prepared for anything from t-shirt weather to arctic tundra.

Food / Meals:
Meal plans: BYO, or plan with others

After the trail we stop at the local pizza joint in Shaver Lake for tasty goodness before returning to camp.

Misc Items to Bring:
Camera and extra batteries, winter tent, sleeping bag and blankets, extra garbage bags, GPS unit, map of the area and compass, drinking water, fire wood


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