Got the below email last night and was sorry I did. One can always hope it gets postponed, but it will happen sooner or later. Looks like one more week of a closed Highway 39 to cars, then the rat race begins.
"Caltrans says that Highway 39 is expected to re-open on March 21st of this year! That's only 8 days away! There is no telling if the Crystal Lake Recreation Area will open or, if it does, what parking or entry fees might be or whether the usual $5 Adventure Pass can be used, but that's what Caltrans' latest date for re-opening the highway is.
Once the highway opens, that gives vehicle access to a number of hiking trails within and around the Crystal Lake basin, including Cedar Canyon Trail which is one of the most biologically diverse canyons within the region and which provides cool shade along a stream that runs all year around.
I am attempting to find out more information on whether the campgrounds themselves will open, and whether there will be a Grand Opening, whether there will be live music or any other festivities on opening day."
To those that love one of the best climbs in Southern California without cars and crotch rockets flying by at 60 MPH, it looks like you have this week to enjoy it without them, then it is "move over". Maybe if this opening does happen, it will take some pressure off of GMR as far as motorized traffic is concerned. That may be the "Silver Lining" to an otherwise dark cloud.