There were a couple more snow patches shortly beyond and then it would have been possible to drive to Km 2, which is just before the tank trap mentioned in Robin's 2004 road bulletin. I put my skis on at Km 2 and only had to take them off three or four times after that. Otherwise, every cross-ditch is filled in at present. The north fork of Conroy Creek was open near Km 6 but I was able to skirt it in the woods and cross on snow bridges. The next crossing was the south fork of Conroy Creek draining a couple of lakes. The bridge is pulled but a snow bridge was intact and probably for another week or so.
The key to this terrain is to stay in creek valleys. As soon as you head up any ridges you're screwed by the complex folds and ups and downs of lava flows.
Basically, I navigated by map and using the sun to establish south. This was quite easy because Conroy Creek is pretty much east-west in orientation. I just kept the sun on my right shoulder. Following the creek is not as easy as it seems. Some places it disappears and you have to use your intuition. I never use GPS for navigation but I suppose that's another albeit slower alternative.
I would say the route is in primo condition at the moment. It looks like the alder is not that large on the road and it certainly wouldn't stop you in summer but it would be annoying I suspect. Not sure how easy it would be to travel overland without snow. Again, I... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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