The Reds Meadow Valley Road is closed due to two mudslides, one substantial, which occurred late Sunday afternoon. The area received its first significant rain after a long dry summer. Several visitors needed to be assisted out of the Reds Meadow area.
The road will remain closed while the slides and the condition of the road are assessed. Crews will also need to complete hazard tree work along the road. Some of this work was already planned along the road due to tree mortality issues. However, hazard trees near the mudslides will need to be prioritized for safety along the road corridor.
At this time, there is not an estimate for when the road will re-open. Visitors are advised to plan alternative itineraries.
They will use any reason to Close this road to the public.
It should take 1 or 2 days to clean up..
I’m sure it will be closed the rest of the season.
^ To Right On: On the U.S. Forest Service – Inyo National Forest Facebook page today: “The Reds Meadow Valley Road is re-opening this afternoon after mudslides closed the road last weekend. Visitors to the Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile National Monument should take care as there may be… Read more »
I wonder why the report just does not say closed for the season?
Usually at this time of year the road closes due to snow. I was wondering why it was left open during the rains last weekend.
The USFS-Inyo NF rule for closing the Reds Road for the winter season is 6″ of snow on the road OR October 31st, whichever comes first. Once the mud is cleaned up, the culvert is repaired and the hazard trees have been removed near the roadway, if the autumn weather… Read more »