We need to begin a series of posts detailing the riding in the Eastern Sierras. Here's a start.
Most of the loop is closed in the winter, with a metal gate and signs warning of avalanche danger and unmaintained roads. On March 13, 2013, when we encountered the road, the closure was still in effect but the snow was gone and there was certainly no avalanche concern.
So we rode the remaining ~15 miles, around Grant Lake and back to US 395, with the road utterly to ourselves.
In the background you see one of (or more than one of) Carson Peak, San Joaqin Mountain, June Mountain, or White Wing Mountain. The ice remained on the edges of the lakes and at some points on the road snow was still piled up on the shoulder, but the pavement was dry and for the most part in great condition. With the only glitch being equipment related -- Sam's chain broke and I had left my chain-tool in the motel -- this to me ranks in the top few of all-time great rides.