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Eastern Sierra News for [current_date format=’F d, Y’]



USDA USFS Pacific SW Region

Mono Lake Ranger District:
Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4), Sonora Pass (Hwy108), Bodie Rd. (Hwy 270), Lundy
Lake Rd. Hwy 120 E (Benton), Hwy 158., Saddlebag Rd. Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W) at Yosemite National Park
Boundary is open to vehicular traffic w/ day use reservation, proof of overnight accommodation in park, or for
qualified pass-through traffic. Reservation requirement ends October 1.
Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county, est. close 11/15, fire restrictions), Tioga Lake (close 10/3),
Junction(close 10/3), Ellery Lake(close 10/3), Big Bend(close 10/3), Saddlebag Lake Trailhead(close 10/3), Aspen,
Lower Lee Vining, Hartley, Glass Creek, Silver Lake (est. close 10/31), Reversed Creek (est. close 10/17), Gull
Lake(est. close 10/17), June Lake(est. close 10/17), Oh Ridge(est. close 10/17).
Campgrounds closed: Saddlebag Lake, Sawmill Walk-in, Moraine, Aerie Crag, Obsidian Flat Group, Upper
Deadman, Lower Deadman, Big Springs.
The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is open Thursday through Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, virtual on
Monday 8: 30 am to 4:30 pm, and will close for the season on October 2nd. ESIA will operate the bookstore
Thursday-Monday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Mammoth Ranger District
Roads open:
Reds Meadow Rd., Lake Basin Rd., Mammoth Scenic Loop.
Campgrounds open: Brown’s Owens River (private, closes 9/30/21), Crowley (BLM), Mammoth Mtn. RV Park,
New Shady Rest (est. close 10/31), Twin Lakes(est. close 10/17),
Campground closing 9/26: Pine Glen, Coldwater.
Campgrounds closed: Old Shady, Sherwin Creek, Pine City, Lake George, Lake Mary, Reds Meadow, Agnew
Meadows Family, Agnew Meadows Horse, Agnew Meadows Group Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Minaret
Falls, Upper Soda.
Devils Postpile is open. The Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed. The Reds Meadow Shuttle is not operating
for the remainder of this season. Minaret Vista is staffed seven days a week and will manage traffic issues as
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center: Open to virtual services seven days a week, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. ESIA is
operating the bookstore daily, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
White Mountain Ranger District
Roads open: McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Road, Buttermilk Rd., Hwy 168, North Lake Rd., South Lake Rd.,
White Mountain Rd. Silver Canyon Rd. (4×4-high clearance expect winter damage), Wyman Canyon Rd. (4×4-high
clearance), Big Pine Canyon.
Campgrounds Open: Convict Lake (est. close 10/30), McGee Creek (est. close 10/30), Mosquito Flat Backpacker,
Rock Creek (est. close 10/4), Rock Creek Group (est. close 10/4), Upper Pine Grove (est. close 10/11), Pine Grove
(est. close 10/11), East Fork (est. close 10/11), Palisade Group (est. close 10/11), Big Meadow (est. close 10/18),
Iris Meadow (est. close 10/18), Aspen Group (est. close 10/18), French Camp (est. close 10/30),Tuff (est. close
10/30), Horton (BLM), Pleasant Valley (County), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM, no water), North Lake (est. close
10/12), Sabrina(est. close 10/12), Bishop Park (est. close 10/26), Intake 2 (lower loop only, (est. close 10/26),
Forks (est. close 10/26),Bitterbrush (est. close 10/26), Four Jeffrey (est. close 10/26), Willow (est. close 10/12),
Grandview, Cedar Flat Group (est. close 10/15), Baker Creek (County), Upper Sage Flat (est. close 10/26), Big
Pine Creek (est. close 10/26), Taboose Creek (County), Tinnemaha Creek (County), Goodale (BLM, no water).
Campgrounds closed: Holiday (summer closure),Bishop Park Group, Big Trees, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain
Group, Sage Flat, Clyde Glacier Group, Palisade Glacier Group.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open 10:00 am. to 5:00 pm. Thursday through Sunday.
Closed Mon-Wed. Closed for the season October 31.
The White Mountain Public Lands Information Center in Bishop: Virtual service, 7 days a week, from 8:30 am to
4:30 pm, closed for lunch noon to 1:00 pm through Oct. 1. Beginning October 4th , 5 days a week virtual service
Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch noon to 1:00 pm Virtual services only.
Mt Whitney Ranger District
Roads open: Onion Valley, Whitney Portal Rd., Foothill Road, Division Creek, Horseshoe Meadow.
Campgrounds open: Upper and Lower Grays Meadow (est. close 10/31), Onion Valley (est. close 10/31),
Independence Creek (county), Whitney Portal (est. close 10/31), Whitney Portal Trailhead Campground(est.
close 10/31), Whitney Portal Group (est. close 10/31), Tuttle Creek (BLM), Lone Pine(est. close 10/31),
Portuguese Joe (county), Diaz Lake (County), Cottonwood Lakes, Cottonwood Pass, Horseshoe Meadows
Equestrian. Kennedy Meadows with no services (no toilets, no water, no trash cans, no fee) .
The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine: Open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 am to 4:30 am. ESIA will
operate the bookstore daily, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Visitors are encouraged to obtain previously reserved wilderness permits via email at
[email protected]. In person pick up is still an option at the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center and Mono
Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center with their hours of operation.
Check on firewood cutting restrictions in effect by calling 760-873-2555.
The Inyo National Forest and Bishop Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are in Stage II fire restrictions. That
means no campfires, even in developed recreation sites. Visitors with a valid California Campfire permit may use
a portable stove or lantern using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel.