Answers to common questions regarding Forest Closure

Answers to common questions regarding Forest Closure

Are Inyo National Forest campgrounds
Yes, all campgrounds on the forest are closed.

Can I dispersed camp?
The forest closure prohibits dispersed
camping and closes forest roads.

Can I hike on trails?
Trails are included under the closure.
Can I fish, paddle, or boat on lakes?
Inyo National Forest lakes and streams are
closed under the order.

What if I am exiting a backpack?
The Inyo National Forest understands that
people have trips planned and vehicles staged.
This is not an emergency evacuation, but a
closure. People should make an expedient,
orderly, and safe completion of their hikes.
However, people who are planning hikes and
backpacks and are aware that they will enter a
closed area should change those plans.

Resupply requests are handled on a case-by-
case basis.

Wilderness permits:
Any wilderness permit that originates on the
Inyo is being cancelled through September 17th

Can I travel to places like Mammoth Lakes
or June Lake Loop, Aspendell, etc.?
County and State roads and routes are open
and not jurisdictionally affected by this order.
Additionally, these towns are people’s homes
and communities, and they need access to
them. However, special use events that use
these roads and which pass through InyoNational Forest lands would not be permitted
during the closure.

Are National Parks closed?
Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and
Death Valley National Parks remain open. The
Devils Postpile National Monument closed
under an order that mirrors the forest closure.

Are Bureau of Land Management Lands
Bureau of Land Management lands are
currently open, including their campgrounds,
with fire restrictions.
Inyo County Campgrounds are currently
open with fire restrictions.

Are Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power Lands (LADWP) open?
LADWP lands rare currently open. As a
reminder, camping and fires are never
permitted/allowed on LADWP land.
It is important to have a good map of the area
to identify public lands by jurisdiction
The Visitor Interactive Map may also help you
identify jurisdictional boundaries.

I have an AIRBNB in Mammoth, June Lake,
Bishop, etc.? Can I still come?
The closure does not affect hotels or other
rentals on private land. However, visitors
should understand that many of the activities
that they would normally plan in and around
these communities that are on forest land will
be affected by the closure.

Are there exemptions for forest
permittees who are providing certain
services, recreation residents, and
other special use permitted
Persons with Forest Service Permit No.
FS-7700-48 (Permit for Use of Roads,
Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation
or Order) may be exempted from this
order. Permittees should work with their
District Ranger for these exemptions.

Can I ride a bike, walk on the Lakes Basin
Visitors and residents may ride their bikes or
walk on the Town of Mammoth Lakes paved
multi-use path up to the Twin Lakes gate.
Hiking trails and dirt bike trails are closed
Hayden Cabin is closed.

Shady Rest Park:
Is open per an exemption granted to the Town
of Mammoth Lakes

Does this closure apply to locals?
The closure is for all use on the forest and
there are not exceptions for locals.

Can you bike on the roads, Pine Creek,
Bishop Creek, Rock Creek, Devil Postpile,
County roads and State routes are not affected
by the closure, Devils Postpile Road after Hwy
203 is a forest road and would be included in
the closure.

Is the Humboldt -Toiyabe National Forest
Please check this link:

Is Earthquake Fault closed?


ESTA operations:
With the Closure of Inyo National Forest, the
following service modifications are effective
starting tomorrow, September 1:
Reds Meadow Shuttle – No entrance to the
valley. Twice a day a shuttle will sweep the
valley for hikers exiting the trailhead. At The
Reds Meadow Resort, 12pm and 5pm. This
schedule will be posted at the bus stops. This
modified service will run through Labor Day
unless deemed necessary to continue.
Lakes Basin Trolley – No entrance to the
Lakes Basin. Through Labor Day, a shuttle will
be stationed at the Twin Lakes gate from 9am
to 5pm to evacuate hikers.
Bishop Creek Shuttle – No entrance. Exit only
through Labor Day.
The forest will allow for exceptions with forest
entry for people with legitimate needs such as
recovering vehicles and work-related matters.
Refunds for online Reds Meadow Shuttle
reservations will be processed ASAP by
Mammoth Mountain Resorts.

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Adam Richman
Adam Richman
1 year ago

Regarding potential road closures, did you know that Rock Creek Road has another name, Forest Service Highway 12…

1 year ago

I understand the USFS is trying to reduce fire risk during this time when resources are thin and I support that. But they continue to crap on us locals. Can they not consider us then they do these closures? Seriously, we live here to recreate in the forest. All summer… Read more »

1 year ago

The town operates the bike trail in the Lakes Basin under permit, same as they operate the bike trail partially on USFS property closer to town. Why is the Lakes Basin trail being treated differently than the other parts of the town trail on USFS land? Seems arbitrary and against… Read more »

Deborah Murphy
Deborah Murphy
1 year ago
Reply to  sugarmags

Sierra Wave checked with the INF’s Public Affairs Specialist, Deb Schweizer. Here’s her explanation: The District Ranger granted the town an exemption for the multiple use trail system, but not that portion of the trail within the Lakes Basin. This was to reduce the amount of people within the Lakes… Read more »

Indy the Adventurer
Indy the Adventurer
1 year ago

This all just sucks. As a returning, respectful fisherman, camper to the area for over 30 years, I can understand the closures however, the fires arent even near Bishop. The poor actions of many illegal campers affects us all. I believe the Forest Service and other government entities need to… Read more »

Masked Locals
Masked Locals
1 year ago

This is so simple. Fires cost the federal government money, National Parks bring money in. Just how much do they care about a county of 18,000 people when that many people a day or more use/drive through Yosemite? Nada. This isn’t about us or politics. It’s money. It’s money just… Read more »

1 year ago

Yosemite and Sequoia national parks are open because they followed the science and used their limited funds proactively reducing fuel loads. Region 5 of the Forest Service under the leadership of Randy Moore has done the opposite, focusing their limited resources reactively on fire suppression. Moore’s decision is 100% political,… Read more »

1 year ago

It is not “all of California” Yes it is all of region 5 but North of Conway Summit is in Toiyabe National Forest and that is still open, even with the very large fire around Topaz this June. You can down vote this all you want, but these are the… Read more »

M. Anderson
M. Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  BobK

Open for day hikes, not for camping.

1 year ago

I didn’t see answers to these questions so…Why didn’t the INF supervisor include the community of Lone Pine in the discussion to close the Whitney Portal? The Inyo County Board of Supervisors should have been included in the discussion. The INF allows Mammoth to keep that large campground open and… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  John

The Forest Service is a federal entity- they don’t need local approval, whether that’s a town or county. This is also a regional closure (all of California, or Region 5), so it doesn’t matter what INF think of the mandate, they have to shut it all down no matter what.… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  Pine

It clearly evident that a large part of the Inyo National Forest resides in Inyo County and as such has to follow Inyo County laws, codes and regulations. Many county services provide help and guidance to the INF and USFS. Also, if they have electricity or propane that’s covered under… Read more »

1 year ago
Reply to  John

Here’s a question I want an answer to: do you, Forest Service, intend to kick us around every year unto the sounding of the final trumpet, kind of like making us partially disrobe for the “privilege” of flying forever and ever? It’s really limitless how much you bureaucrats can and… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
1 year ago
Reply to  John

National Parks: US Department of Interior
National Forests: US Department of Agriculture

Left and right hand in DC apparently don’t see things the same way, or maybe they haven’t even talked about it????? Wouldn’t be the first time.