Sierra Wave Media

Eastern Sierra News for June 22, 2024





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.
Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county, fire restrictions), Tioga Lake, Junction, Ellery Lake, Big Bend,
Saddlebag Lake Trailhead, Aspen, Lower Lee Vining, Hartley, Glass Creek, Aerie Crag, Silver Lake, Reversed
Creek, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge.
Campgrounds closed: Saddlebag Lake, Sawmill Walk-in, Moraine, 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), Crowley (BLM), Mammoth Mtn. RV Park, New Shady Rest
(est. close 10/31), Pine Glen (est. close 9/26), Twin Lakes(est. close 10/17), Coldwater (est. close 9/26).
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 re-opening on September 16th. 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 needed.
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: Horton (BLM), Goodale (BLM, no water),Convict Lake, McGee Creek, Tuff, Rock Creek, Iris
Meadow, Big Meadow, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Pine Grove, Upper Pine Grove, East Fork, French Camp,
Aspen Group, Palisade Group, Rock Creek Group, Pleasant Valley (County), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM, no water),
North Lake, Bitterbrush, Forks, Intake 2 (lower loop only), Bishop Park, Four Jeffrey, Willow, Sabrina, Grandview,
Cedar Flat Group, Baker Creek (County), Upper Sage Flat, Big Pine Creek, Taboose Creek (County), Tinnemaha
Creek (County).
Campgrounds closed: Holiday (summer closure) Big Trees, Mountain Glen, Sage Flat, Table Mountain Group,
Bishop Park Group, 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. ESIA will
continue to operate the bookstore Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Mt Whitney Ranger District
Roads open: Onion Valley, Whitney Portal Rd., Foothill Road, Division Creek, Horseshoe Meadow.
Campgrounds open: Upper and Lower Grays Meadow, Onion Valley, Independence Creek (county), Whitney
Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead Campground, Whitney Portal Group, Whitney Portal Trailhead, Tuttle Creek
(BLM), Lone Pine, 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, 8:30 am to 4:30 am. ESIA will
operate the bookstore daily, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Wilderness permit reservations will be available for trips starting September 18th. Reservations that were
previously reserved for trips starting on September 18th or later will be honored.
Visitors are encouraged to obtain their 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
Fuelwood permits will be issued starting September 16th. Be aware of the 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