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Eastern Sierra News for June 14, 2024





USFS news release

The State of the Inyo, current as of 5/25/18

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 w), Saddlebag Lake Rd., Hwy 120 E (Benton), Bodie (Hwy 270) Lundy Canyon June Lake Loop, Parker Lake Rd. (expect muddy conditions).

Photo courtesy of Barbara Richter

Campgrounds open or opening: Lundy Canyon, Aspen Grove, Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Aerie Crag, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge, Silver Lake, Reversed Creek, Big Springs, Glass Creek.

Campgrounds closed: Big Bend, Ellery Lake, Tioga Lake, Junction, Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Lake Group Camp, Hartley Springs, Obsidian Flat, Upper and Lower Deadman.

The Mono Basin Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Mammoth Ranger District

Roads open: Lakes Basin Rd., Old Mammoth Rd. to Lakes Basin, Inyo Craters, Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Laurel Canyon.

Roads closed: Reds Meadow.

Campgrounds open: Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round), New Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Brown’s Owens River, Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake.

Campgrounds closed: Coldwater, Old Shady Rest (est. opening 6/1), Pine City (est. opening 6/1), Lake George (est. opening 6/1), Lake Mary (est. opening 6/1), Twin Lakes (est. opening 6/1), Pine Glen Family/Group (est. opening 6/1), Agnew Horse, Agnew Group, Upper Soda, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Devils Postpile (NPS, closed for the 2018 season), Minaret Falls, Reds Meadow.

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open daily 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed.

White Mountain Ranger District

CARMA restoration area closure. The main entrance gate on road 8S40 (east gate) to the restoration site is locked.  The western entrance of 8S40 is open, allowing access to the roads 8S40B and 35E306.  At road 35E306, road 8S40 is gated and closed to motorized vehicle travel.  Respect the restoration efforts. Do not travel w/motorized vehicles beyond closed gates or park off of established roadways where vegetative seeding has occurred.

Roads open: McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd., Buttermilk Rd., North Lake Rd., Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd., Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd. is snow free to the Patriarch Grove,  Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect difficult conditions).

Campgrounds open: McGee, Tuff, French Camp, Iris Meadow, East Fork, Palisade, Pine Grove, Rock Creek, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Big Meadow, Aspen Group,  Bitterbrush, Four Jeffrey, Willow, Bishop Park, , Bishop Park Group, Sabrina, Mt. Glen, North Lake,  Big Trees, Forks, Intake 2, Table Mountain Group, Horton Creek (BLM), Big Pine Creek (no water), Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, Palisade Glacier Group Camp, Goodale (BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM), Pleasant Valley (County), Cedar Flat Group Camp.

Campground closed: Holiday.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open Friday-Monday, 10:00 am -4:00 pm.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed for lunch (noon- 1:00 pm).

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

Roads open: Onion Valley Rd., Horseshoe Meadow Rd., Whitney Portal Rd., Foothill Rd., Division Creek.

Campgrounds open: Cottonwood Lakes/Pass, Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian, Whitney Portal, Onion Valley (no water), Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Lone Pine Campground, Grays Meadow, Independence Creek (County), Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM).

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The Inyo National Forest is NOT in Fire Restrictions for fire hazard.