Originally Posted by RKracing
Crab Flats, Saturday Dec 29th........ Any one interested? I am wondering about snow conditions and if we can get a brave leader and or whatever else we need.
I ran Crab Flats again 12/28 to help train my wife in driving off road in the snow. If you start from Green Valley, you will enter the trail with a decent amount of snow on the ground, but only a few inches deep (maybe 6"). The first 2 miles will have solid coverage, after that, you'll start seeing more dirt/slush in the mix. At about 5 miles, its mostly dirt, with occasional snow coverage on the "dark side" of the mountains. This mix stays pretty consistent until you hit Big Pine Flats. At Big Pine Flats, you will see more consistent snow coverage again, but no more than 6" deep. The rest of the trail on 12/28 was covered in snow. Temps around 4pm was 27-29F. It is a very scenic drive, and the snow really gives it a nice feel. My wife drove a big portion of the way, none of the drive was technical (aside from common sense driving in the snow type of technical, e.g. slow down at turns, and take it easy). You can lead this without any difficulty.
The GPS coordinates at the start are: N34 14.01 W117 05.32
The GPS at the end is: N34 17.63 W116 48.78
Very well mapped out trail, it showed up on the Jeep's on board navigation, also clearly marked in the CA Topo 24K maps, and AccuTerra Topo Maps. But, I ended up using the Jeeps on board nav, since it was easy to tell if you were on the right trail based on name. Note, this trail changes names at times, Crab Flats, Big Pine, Holcomb Valley, etc. A good pointer is to follow the signs toward Holcomb Valley Campground, and of course, the signs for 3N16. Sometimes the sign for 3N16 is not clear, or not there, but most other trails that break away will have a name, so you will mostly track Straight On (where there is no trail marker), and no drive onto the other trails marked other numbers, make sense?
Again, as Gunner mentioned, well mapped, put in the coordinates and nav on through.