Beginning Thursday, September 6th, the mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle from the Adventure Center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area through the Reds Meadow Valley will end its daily service.
However, due to the extremely limited parking available in the valley, the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority (ESTA) will run a complimentary weekend intervalley shuttle service this fall, starting Saturday, September 8th and continuing through until Sunday, October 7th. This service will reduce vehicle congestion on the road, which has made it difficult to travel throughout the valley in previous seasons.
The intervalley shuttle will run from the parking area at Reds Meadow Resort to Devils Postpile from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Devils Postpile parking lot will be closed during this time and visitors will be directed to park at Reds Meadow Resort and take the bus to the Devils Postpile.
The Devils Postpile Ranger Station and Visitor Center will be open Thursday through Monday from 9am to 5pm and will close for the season on October 8th. Guided interpretive walks to the Postpile will happen on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, and on Thursdays and Fridays as weather and staffing allows.
The Reds Meadow Road will close for the season on October 9th at noon at the Minaret Vista gate. The Inyo National Forest’s engineering staff will be completing extensive repairs needed to prepare the road for the winter (see previous news release).
Reds Meadow Road closure planned October 9 for necessary repairs
The Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument are planning for winter on the Reds Meadow Road. The road will close at the Minaret Vista Gate on October 9, 2018 at noon.
The Inyo National Forest’s engineering staff has had to complete numerous repairs along the road in recent years. However, more extensive repairs are needed to prepare the road for the winter.
Typically, starting October 15, there is no overnight parking in the Reds Meadow Valley and the road is not plowed during or after winter storms. The roadhistorically closes sometime between October 15 and the end of October due to winter storms.
“Over the past several years, we have seen more severe damage on the road due to the instability of the substructure. Our staff is committed to maintaining thisroad for our visitors’ access and enjoyment,” said Nora Gamino, Forest Engineer. “This work must be completed prior to the first winter weather. We appreciate your patience while important maintenance is done.”
The forest’s engineering crew will focus on improving the drainage structures along the road to help divert the significant water flows that undermine the roadas well as paving the segment of road recently repaired for potholes. Additionally, the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) will be completing geotechnical drilling to better evaluate the subsurface material composition along the road corridor. This work is needed to plan for the Reds Meadow Road Reconstruction in 2022, funded under the Federal Lands Access Program.
While the road is closed, visitors may still access destinations along the road using nearby trail networks (see map). However, pedestrians should avoid walking along the steep and narrow road, where heavy equipment will be operating.
Devils Postpile National Monument will winterize their water systems on October 10, so there will be no potable water at the monument after this date. Vault toilets will be available. Beginning September 11 through October 8, the Ranger Station/Visitor Center will be open Thursdays to Mondays from 10 am to 4 pm.The Devils Postpile Ranger/Station Visitor Center will close for the season on October 9.
Water will be available at the Agnew Meadow and Rainbow Falls trailheads until mid-October when freezing temperatures necessitate the winterization of the water system. Visitors are advised to bring their own water.
The Reds Meadow Road accesses popular recreation destinations such as Minaret Vista, Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow, and Sotcher Lake. The area is popular with anglers, hunters, hikers, campers, and others.