State of the Inyo – time for winter closures

NEWS RELEASE

The notable updates include the winter closures of North Lake, South Lake, and Hwy 168 at the Aspendell gate, the Horseshoe Meadow Rd., and Hwy 270 (Bodie).

The State of the Inyo, current as of 11/30/17

TIOA

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Lundy Canyon, Panum Crater, Hwy 120 E (Benton), June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Parker Lake Rd.

Roads Closed: Tioga Pass, Saddlebag Lake Rd., Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Bodie (Hwy 270).

Campgrounds closed: Lundy Canyon (county). Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Aspen Grove, Big Bend, Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Junction, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake Group Camp, Aerie Crag, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge, Reversed Creek, Silver Lake, Big Springs, Hartley Springs, Glass Creek, Obsidian Flat, Upper and Lower Deadman.

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is closed for the season on 12/1/17.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Convict Lake, Hot Creek Hatchery, Inyo Craters, Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Laurel Canyon.

Roads closed: Reds Meadow, Lakes Basin Rd., Old Mammoth Rd to Lakes Basin.

Campgrounds open: Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round).

Campgrounds closed: Brown’s Owens River, Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake, Coldwater, Old Shady Rest, New Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Pine City, Lake George, Lake Mary, Twin Lakes, Agnew Horse, Agnew Group, Upper Soda, Pine Glen Family/Group, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Devils Postpile (NPS), Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow.

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Starting 11/27/17, it will open daily 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed for the season.

White Mountain Ranger District

CARMA restoration area closure. The main entrance gate on road 8S40 (east gate) to the restoration site is locked.  The western entrance of 8S40 is open, allowing access to the roads 8S40B and 35E306.  At road 35E306, road 8S40 is gated and closed to motorized vehicle travel.  Respect the restoration efforts being made and not travel w/motorized vehicles beyond closed gates or park off of established roadways where vegetative seeding has occurred.

Roads closed: Rock Creek Rd. at the Sno Park gate, North Lake Rd., Hwy 168 at the Aspendell gate, South Lake Rd. at Parchers.

Roads open:  McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd. up to the Sno Park gate,  Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), Hwy 168 to Aspendell, South Lake Rd. to Parchers,  Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd. to the Barcroft Gate (icy conditions, 4WD advised after the visitor center), Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect difficult conditions).

Campgrounds open: Holiday (winter ops), Bitterbrush (winter ops), Goodale (no water, BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM), Pleasant Valley (County).

Campground closed: McGee, Tuff, French Camp, Iris Meadow, Big Meadow, Pine Grove, East Fork, Rock Creek, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Horton Creek (BLM), Aspen Group, Four Jeffrey, Willow, Bishop Park, Bishop Park Group, Big Trees, Forks, Intake 2, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain Group, Sabrina, North Lake, Big Pine Creek, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, Palisade Glacier Group Camp, Cedar Flat Group Camp.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is closed for the season.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open MondayFriday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for lunch (noon- 1:00 pm), closed federal holidays.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

Roads closed: Horseshoe Meadow Rd.

Roads open: Foothill Rd., Division Creek Rd., Haiwee Canyon Rd., Mazourka Canyon Rd., Movie Rd., Sage Flat Rd., Whitney Portal Rd, Onion Valley Rd.

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Lone Pine Campground (winter ops), Lower Grays (winter ops), Independence Creek (County), Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM, south loop closed).

Campgrounds closed: Upper Grays Meadow, Onion Valley, Whitney Portal, Cottonwood Lakes/Pass, Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian, Kennedy Meadows (as of 12/1).

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

The Inyo National Forest is NOT in Fire Restrictions for fire hazard.

 

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