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Luther Pass had just opened too from a winter snow-closure, only to re-close due to fresh snowfall yesterday. Wednesday I toured a bit from my camp heading over summit towards Topaz Lake on the California/Nevada border. Extensive wildfire damage extended for many miles in all directions as I visited sheep watering troughs, stinky bear poop ( they say they Sh** in the woods but I think they do it more on the roads), stinky sulfur mines, a little peak bagging, a fire look-out and some pretty snow ponds. This all had more of an open, drier Basin-and-Range Nevada feel than the moister Sierras I visited later in the day ( Snowy mountains in the background).
 

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I enjoyed sunny flowered alpine meadows and snow ponds before winds picked up bringing in a serious change in weather. I had planned to stay for full moon Friday night but got chased out by snow storms
 

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No hot springs.:(
I had planned to hopefully access the Carson Hot Springs via the Barney-Riley Road from the southern upstream direction. However I needed to connect using an old jeep road that was closed off where the river rafters put in @ HWY4. Could have tried a more circuitous route using the Leviathan Mine Road again but felt the draw of the high sierras instead.
 

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For a moment in the video, I thought the mine area was the lookout and it had been burnt up. Had to replay it a few times but finally heard you say "Sulfur" which I'm pretty sure you were referring to the mine. Had the fire reached this mine? Some of the beams looked burnt. Thanks for the explanation of the cascading water troughs. In the video, I was wondering what they were used for. Good ride video's Fred!:icon_thumright:
 
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