Update on State of the Inyo (National Forest)

Press release – Thursday, July 6

There was a lot of movement today to get things open, so here are a few updates.

Mono County expects the Saddlebag Road to be open by end of business today (except some wet areas and some snow, but it is drivable).

Inyo County just opened the North Lake Rd.

The White Mountain Road is open to the Barcroft Gate, but the Patriarch Grove turn off is still blocked by snow and people are walking in.

Upper and Lower Deadman Campground opened today  as did parts of the Twin Lakes Campground (first-come, first served).

The State of the Inyo, current as of 07/06/17

Mono Lake Ranger District

Roads open: Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W), Saddlebag Lake Rd., Bodie (Hwy 270), Lundy Canyon, Panum Crater, Hwy 120 E (Benton), June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Parker Lake Rd.

Campgrounds open: Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Lundy Canyon (county), Aerie Crag, Gull Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge, Reversed Creek, Silver Lake, Upper and Lower Deadman (some sites closed for flooding), Glass Creek, Hartley Springs, Obsidian Flat Group, Big Springs.

Campgrounds closed: Aspen Grove, Big Bend (flooding), Sawmill Walk-in, Saddlebag Lake, Saddlebag Trailhead Group Camp, Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake, Junction.

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

Mammoth Ranger District

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

Roads closed: Reds Meadow Valley Road.

Campgrounds open: Crowley Lake (BLM), Convict Lake, Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (private, year round), New Shady Rest, Old Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Twin Lakes (first-come, first served, some sites still closed), Brown’s Owens River (private).

Campgrounds closed: Agnew Meadows, Agnew Meadows Group, Agnew Meadows Horse Campground, Coldwater, Devils Postpile (NPS), Lake George, Lake Mary, Minaret Falls, Pine City, Pine Glen Family/Group, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Reds Meadow, Upper Soda Springs.

The Mammoth Welcome Center is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed. No estimated opening date.

White Mountain Ranger District

CARMA restoration area closure has moved. The main entrance gate on road 8S40 (east gate) to the restoration site will remained gated and locked.  The western entrance of 8S40 is now open, allowing access to the roads 8S40B and 35E306.  At road 35E306, road 8S40 is now gated and closed to motorized vehicle travel.  The public is asked to respect the restoration efforts being made and not travel with motorized vehicles beyond the closed gates or park off of established roadways where vegetative seeding has occurred.

Roads open:  McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Rd., Buttermilk Rd. (storm damage), North Lake Rd.,  Hwy 168 to Lake Sabrina, South Lake Rd., Big Pine Canyon (Glacier Lodge) Rd., White Mt. Rd to the Barcroft Gate (4WD advised for snow, still a walk in to the Patriarch Grove at the turn-off), Silver Canyon Rd., Wyman Canyon Rd. (expect difficult conditions).

Roads closed: Patriarch Grove at the turn-off is a walk in (snow).

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

Campground closed: Holiday, Goodale (BLM) (flooded).

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open, seven days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The White Mountain Ranger Station Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:

Roads open: Foothill Rd., Division Creek Rd., Haiwee Canyon Rd., Mazourka Canyon Rd., Movie Rd., Sage Flat Rd., Whitney Portal Rd, Horseshoe Meadow Rd.

Onion Valley Road OPEN – until about a half mile from the Onion Valley Campground at the top (flooding/damage).

Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort, Diaz Lake (County), Upper and Lower Grays Meadow, Lone Pine Campground, Independence Creek (County), Kennedy Meadows, Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM) Whitney Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead, Cottonwood Lakes/ Pass Trailhead, Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian.

Campground closed: Onion Valley (flooding).

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

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