Don't need 4wd to baker...you need sensible driving, infact 4wd will more likely get you in the ditch due to being over confident...btw they keep the road cleaned off been driving up there 10 years with 2wd rear and front and only 1 time had to turn around to make a run back at it....because a friend who was driving got wigged and stopped her 4wd and we couldn't get going again because of her 4 bald tires. I drove back down the hill 3 miles so we could maintain a wee bit of speed and made it up no problems.
Last year, iirc...mid Dec was good...perhaps the only place in lower 48 that was. Then the snow machine shut down and was crap til 2nd week Feb.
If I were you I'd seriously consider flying in to Seattle (or Portland or Vancouver) rent a car, check where the snow is falling and go....hood, cascades, whistler. Lodging near the hill is pricey...but in town in Bham or Portland at motel 8 or whatever is very doable little jaunt back and forth.
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Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 08-01-2012 at 03:53 PM.