The Lakes Basin Road is set to open Friday morning. The roads around the popular recreation area above the Town of Mammoth Lakes have been plowed out for weeks, but deep snow on the sides of the roads had left nowhere to park.
The deep snow has melted back some, but Jon Kazmierski with the Mammoth Ranger District says, There is still deep snow along the road and parking will be limited, adding, Roads are narrow and pullouts are sparse. To prevent accidents, all vehicles will need to park safely off the road in the parking spots that are free of snow.
Meltwater may be icy in the early morning and at night. Walls of snow in the upper basin may hinder visibility of drivers. Forest officials ask that drivers slow down and use caution.
Ice on the lakes has started to thaw, but forest staff says that the shorelines may be difficult to locate so they urge people to keep a safe distance from the lakes.
All the campgrounds remain closed and the toilets are not open yet. The gate to Horseshoe Lake will remain closed just past the Twin Lakes Overlook due to CO2 hazards.
There are also many residents and visitors walking and biking the roads which again leads to the message from forest officials to drive slowly and watch out for people and wildlife.