This evening I hauled my skis up to the John Muir cabin in Spaulding Meadows. Approaching the meadows, what appeared at first to be snow was actually the white air drop gravel bags. I had spikes but did not use them going up. There were some snow fields in the meadows around the cabin so I skied around as it was my first time there. It was a matter of patch hopping, occasionally grass skiing. Walking down with headlight, I put spikes on and could travel faster. A nice outing and certainly not worth hauling skis up. I can say there is a lot more snow up in the Dan Moeller upper meadows especially at cabin height.