State of the Inyo (National Forest)

News release

The State of the Inyo, current as of 10/26/17

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W), Saddlebag Lake Rd., Bodie (Hwy 270), Lundy Canyon, Panum Crater, Hwy 120 E (Benton), June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Parker Lake Rd.

Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county), Silver Lake (est. closing 11/5), Glass Creek (est. closing 10/31).

Campgrounds closed: 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, Big Springs, Hartley Springs, Obsidian Flat, Upper and Lower Deadman.

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Starting 10/15, it will be open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday –Monday. Estimated closing is 12/1.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Convict Lake, Hot Creek Hatchery, Inyo Craters, Lakes Basin, Old Mammoth Rd. to Lakes Basin, Reds Meadow Rd. (no overnight parking starting 10/15, est. closing 10/29), Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Laurel Canyon.

Campgrounds open: Crowley Lake (BLM, est. closing 10/31)), Convict Lake (est. closing 10/31), Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round), New Shady Rest (est. closing 11/5).

Campgrounds closed: Brown’s Owens River, Coldwater, Old 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. No potable water at DEPO.

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 open:  McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd., Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), North Lake Rd., Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd., Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd to the Barcroft Gate Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect difficult conditions).

Campgrounds open: McGee Creek (est. closing 10/31), Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Tuff (est. closing 10/31), French Camp (est. closing 10/31), Aspen Group Camp, Bitterbrush (winter ops starting 10/30), Forks (est. closing 10/30),  Four Jeffrey (est. closing 10/30),  Willow (est. closing 10/30),  Goodale  (no water, BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Horton Creek (BLM, est. closing 10/31), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM),  Pleasant Valley (County).

Campground closed: Holiday, Iris Meadow, Big Meadow Pine Grove, East Fork, Rock Creek, Bishop Park, Bishop Park Group, Big Trees, 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 open Friday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The last day of BCVC operation will be Sunday, October 29th, weather permitting.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for lunch (noon- 1:00 pm).

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

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

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Upper and Lower Grays Meadow (est. closing 10/31), Lone Pine Campground (winter ops starting  10/31), Independence Creek (County), Onion Valley (no water, est. closing 10/31), Kennedy Meadows, Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM, south loop closes 10/31)) Whitney Portal (no water, est. closing 10/31), Whitney Portal Trailhead (no water), Cottonwood Lakes/ Pass Trailhead (est. closing 10/31), Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian (est. closing 10/31).

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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

 

 

 

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