Reds Meadow Valley Road closed due to mudslides

Press release

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.



4 Responses to Reds Meadow Valley Road closed due to mudslides

  1. Right On October 18, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    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.

    • Sierra Lady October 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

      ^ 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 debris and rock on the road. As a reminder, there is no overnight parking or camping in the Reds Meadow Valley after October 15th. There is no potable water in the valley and vault toilets only are available at Devils Postpile National Monument and at Agnew Meadows as the park and the forest prepare for the winter season.

      Visitors should expect delays along the road while crews complete necessary culvert clearing and hazard tree removal. Visitors should also plan that the road may close with significant rain or snow. Photo of Sotcher Lake by Darick Rodgers.”

      B. Richter

  2. curious george October 18, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    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.

    • Sierra Lady October 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

      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 continues to be mild without snow, they will reopen the road until the rule above applies.

      B. Richter


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