State of the Inyo: 11-17-21

The State of the Inyo

Current as of 11/17/21


Mono Lake Ranger District:

Mono Lake Ranger District
Photo: Forest Service

Roads closed: Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W) at Yosemite National Park entrance, Saddlebag Rd.

Roads open: Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Bodie Rd. (Hwy 270), Lundy Lake Rd to resort (not plowed after resort), Hwy 120 W to Yosemite National Park entrance, Hwy 120 E (Benton), Hwy 158 (June Lake Loop).

Campgrounds closed: Lundy Canyon (county),Tioga Lake, Junction, Ellery Lake, Big Bend, Saddlebag Lake Trailhead, Saddlebag Lake, Sawmill Walk-in, Moraine, Aspen, Lower Lee Vining, Aerie Crag, Reversed Creek, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, June Lake, Oh Ridge,  Hartley, Obsidian Flat Group, Glass Creek, Upper Deadman, Lower Deadman, Big Springs.

The Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center is closed for the season.

Mammoth Ranger District

Mammoth Ranger District
Photo: Forest Service

Roads open: Mammoth Scenic Loop.

Roads closed: Hwy. 203 (continuing to the Reds Meadow Rd.) at Mammoth Mountain Inn, Old Mammoth Rd. to Lake Basin Rd., Lakes Basin Rd.

Campgrounds open: Mammoth Mtn. RV Park.

Campgrounds closed: Crowley (BLM), Old Shady, New Shady Rest, Sherwin Creek, Pine Glen, Twin Lakes, Pine City, Lake Mary, Lake George, Coldwater, Reds Meadow, Agnew Meadows Family, Agnew Meadows Horse, Agnew Meadows Group Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Minaret Falls, Upper Soda.

The Devils Postpile Ranger Station is closed for the season.

ESIA is operating the bookstore at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center,  Thursday-Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

White Mountain Ranger District

White Mountain Peak
Photo: SummitPeak

Road closed: Rock Creek after the pack station, South Lake Rd. after Parchers.

Roads open: McGee Creek Rd. (not plowed after county park), Rock Creek Rd. to the pack station, (will close in advance of winter storm), Pine Creek, Buttermilk Rd., North Lake Rd. (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk), Hwy 168, South Lake Parchers (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk), White Mountain Rd (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk), Silver Canyon Rd. (4×4-high clearance, snow), Wyman Canyon Rd. (4×4-high clearance, snow), Big Pine Canyon (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk).

Campgrounds open: Pleasant Valley (County), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM, no water), Grandview (winter ops, no services, no fees), Bitterbrush (winter ops), Baker Creek (County), Taboose Creek (County), Tinnemaha Creek (County), Goodale (BLM, no water).

Campgrounds closed: Convict Lake, French Camp, Tuff, Rock Creek, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Rock Creek Group, Upper Pine Grove, Pine Grove, East Fork, Palisade Group, Aspen Group, Big Meadow, Iris Meadow, Holiday, McGee Creek, Horton (BLM), North Lake, Sabrina, Willow, Bishop Park, Bishop Park Group, Big Trees, Mountain Glen, Table Mountain Group, Intake 2, Forks, Four Jeffrey, Cedar Flat Group, Big Pine Creek, Upper Sage Flat, Lower Sage Flat, Clyde Glacier Group, Palisade Glacier Group.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is closed for the season.

The White Mountain Public Lands Information Center in Bishop: virtual services, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch noon to 1:00 pm, closed Nov. 24-26 and Dec. 21-31.

The Supervisor’s Office Front Desk will be closed to in person visits on 11/26/21.

Mt Whitney Ranger District

Road closed: Horseshoe Meadow at the lower gate.

Mt. Whitney
Photo: Wikipedia

Roads open: Onion Valley (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk), Whitney Portal Rd. (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk), Foothill Road, Division Creek.

Campgrounds open: Lower Grays Meadow (winter ops), Independence Creek (county), Tuttle Creek (BLM, no water, dump station closed), Portuguese Joe (county), Lone Pine (winter ops), Diaz Lake (County), Kennedy Meadows with no services (no toilets, no water, no trash cans, no fee).

Campgrounds closed: Upper Grays Meadow, Onion Valley, Whitney Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead Campground, Whitney Portal Group, Cottonwood Lakes, Cottonwood Pass, Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian.

The Eastern Sierra Visitor Center in Lone Pine: Open daily, 8:00 am to 4:30 am. ESIA will operate the bookstore daily, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Closed federal holidays, 11/28/21.

The Inyo National Forest is not in fire restrictions.

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