Theres been a ton of melt over the last week or so but the issue with BESF, and not a new one, is that any of the roads in the north side of ridges basically stay in the shade all day long. Ice pack has ALWAYS been an issue there and will remain so. The unfortunate increased popularity has only made matters worse. That said you can certainly get around as there are hundreds of miles of roads there.TL;DR: should we wait until a later date to make the trip north and stick to state parks here in VA with current conditions?
Mornin, everyone! Looking for some current condition ground truth for BESF. We're down in NW Virginia now, and desperate to get back up to visit Dear Olde State while exploring BESF with a modded 1st gen Sequoia, small RTT trailer and our intrepid furry jerks. But...with the weather being as it's been, and the rather warm temps expected next week, what're roads and trails like right now? We're looking to head SOMEwhere Sun thru Tues for a couple nights of decompressing, and also testing some gear.
I saw some of the snow reports for area state parks. Poe Paddy/Valley report a few inches of snow with possible ice pack, and BESP (emphasis on the P as opposed to F) reports only spotty areas of an inch or less. This leads me to believe that with the warmer days (and below freezing nights through the weekend) it may be a disgusting mess. While I don't care about the truck, I do care about needing about a dozen towels to dry the dogs off after every hike. Knowing a majority of hiking trails in the area are pretty rocky, it still bears asking what kind of conditions those are in as well; particularly up on the ridges where there may be more snow.
Alternatives are just hitting a state park down here (likely Douthat) and saving the trip up north until a later date when there's not a constant freeze/thaw. The downside to that is that I expect all the motorized spots to be reserved far in advance. Trying to take advantage of being on a one week on/one off schedule right now...not knowing how much longer that will continue. Admittedly there's also part of me that's reticent to visit campus right now if things are draconian and are going to suck the life out of any visit