Updates on roads, passes, campgrounds in Eastern Sierra

Update 11:23 a.m Friday, June 9:

UPDATE – State Route 108 Sonora Pass will not open today as previously planned.  Due to the current snowy conditions the pass will remain closed today.  Crews will re-evaluate tomorrow.

Press releases

Lots of updates to report.

For roads, Caltrans is anticipating to open Sonora Pass today at noon.  Inyo County will open the  North Lake Road today at noon.

The Town of Mammoth Lakes was busy plowing the Lakes Basin Road this week. There are several maintenance issues outstanding, including plowing parking areas, that are still being worked on.

Caltrans anticipates that plowing will begin next week on the Reds Meadow Road.

We are seeing storm damage on almost all roads and trails this year. Our engineering crews have been very busy. Please advise visitors to  be extra cautious while travelling on the roads since they may be undercut, have deep gullying, and be water saturated or flooded.

There is no estimated opening date for Tioga Pass. The park reports they have plowed one lane to the boundary.

Several campgrounds are open for this weekend including East Fork, For Jeffrey, and Sabrina.

All Forest Service visitor centers are open for seven day coverage right now.

Have a great weekend.

The State of the Inyo, current as of 6/9/17

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Bodie (Hwy 270), Lundy Canyon, Panum Crater, Hwy 120 E (Benton), June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Parker Lake Rd.

Scheduled to open today (weather permitting): Sonora Pass (Hwy 108).

Roads closed: Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W) at the winter gate closure, Saddlebag Lake Rd.

Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county), Lower Lee Vining, Aerie Crag, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge, Reversed Creek, Silver Lake, Glass Creek, Moraine, Big Springs.

Campgrounds closed: Aspen Grove, Big Bend, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Trailhead Group Camp, Tioga Lake, Upper and Lower Deadman, Obsidian Flat Group, Ellery Lake, Hartley Springs, Junction.

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am -5:00 pm.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Convict Lake, Hot Creek Hatchery, Inyo Craters (under snow), Laurel Canyon (snow level 8,500 ft.), Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop.

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

Campgrounds open: Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake, Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round), New Shady Rest, Old Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Brown’s Owens River (private).

Campgrounds closed: Agnew Meadows, Agnew Meadows Group, Agnew Meadows Horse Campground, Coldwater (6/29), Devils Postpile (NPS), Lake George (6/29), Lake Mary (6/29), Minaret Falls, Pine City (6/29), Pine Glen Family/Group(6/29), Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Reds Meadow, Twin Lakes (est. 6/15), Upper Soda Springs.

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed. No estimated opening date.

White Mountain Ranger District

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

Roads open:  McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd. to USFS gate, Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd., Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd to six miles past the visitor center, Silver Canyon Rd. (except difficult conditions), Wyman Canyon Rd. (condition of road unknown, expect difficult conditions).

North Lake Road opens on Friday at noon.

Roads closed: Rock Creek Rd. (after USFS gate), White Mt. Rd. six miles past the visitor center (snow).

Campgrounds open: McGee Creek, Iris Meadow, Big Meadow, East Fork, Tuff, French Camp, Aspen Group Camp, Bitterbrush, Bishop Park, Bishop Park Group, Big Trees, Forks, Four Jeffrey,  Intake 2, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain Group, Sabrina, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Palisade Glacier Group Camp,  Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Cedar Flat Group Camp, Horton Creek (BLM), Goodale (BLM), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM),  Pleasant Valley (County).

Pine Grove Campground is estimated to open 6/12.

Campground closed: Holiday, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Rock Creek Lake, Willow, North Lake, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, Big Pine Creek.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open, seven days a week,10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

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

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Upper and Lower Grays Meadow, Lone Pine Campground, Independence Creek (County), Kennedy Meadows, Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM) Whitney Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead, Cottonwood Lakes/ Pass Trailhead, Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian.

Campground closed: Onion Valley.

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SEASONAL PASS OPENING STATUS

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 continues to work on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing its eight highways with seasonal closures.  As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas. Safety is our number one priority, for the public as well as Caltrans’ workers.

This is the District 9 Seasonal Pass Status as of Thursday, June 8, 2017:

State Route 108 – Sonora Pass

Crews have reached the summit but continue to remove snow and repair the highway.  Route reopening is scheduled for Friday, June 9th at noon, but is subject to current weather conditions.

State Route 120 West – Tioga Pass (from the Junction of US 395 to the Yosemite National Park Gate)

Caltrans crews have cleared snow on State Route 120 west to the top of the pass and met up with Yosemite National Park road crews who are clearing snow from Tioga Road inside the park.  Work continues with removing snow from the shoulders, road repair and rock removal.  Extensive damage occurred to guardrail from the heavy snow and requires repair before the highway can be safely opened to the traveling public.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 203 – From the Mammoth Mountain Parking Lot to Minaret Vista

Snow removal will begin on June 12, 2017.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 270 – Bodie Road – Opened May 15, 2017

State Route 89 – Monitor Pass – Opened May 8, 2017

State Route 168 West – Bishop Creek – Opened April 24, 2017

State Route 120 East – Mono Mills – Opened April 14, 2017

State Route 158 – June Lake LoopOpened April 14, 2017

All information is subject to change due to weather conditions.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site atquickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

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For the safety of workers and other motorists,

Be Work Zone Alert and Move Over where possible.

http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/index.html

 

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