State of the Inyo: 10-27-21

The State of the Inyo, current as of 10/27/21


Mono Lake Ranger District:

Photo: US Forest Service

Roads closed: Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4), Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Monitor Pass (Hwy 89), Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W), Saddlebag Rd., Bodie Rd. (Hwy 270).


Roads open: Lundy Lake Rd., Hwy 120 E (Benton), Hwy 158 (June Lake Loop).


Campgrounds open: Lundy Canyon (county, est. close 11/15).

Campground closing 10/31: Silver Lake.

Campgrounds closed: 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, 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

Credit: Inyo National Forest

Roads open: Mammoth Scenic Loop.
Roads closed: Reds Meadow Rd. at Minaret Vista, Old Mammoth Rd. to Lake Basin Rd., Lakes Basin Rd.

Campgrounds open: Mammoth Mtn. RV Park.
Campground closing 10/31: New Shady Rest.
Campground closing 11/1: Crowley (BLM).
Campgrounds closed: Old Shady, 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.


Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center: Open to virtual services seven days a week, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. ESIA is operating the bookstore Thursday-Sunday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

White Mountain Ranger District

Road Closed: Rock Creek after the pack station, North Lake Rd., Hwy 168 after Aspendell, South Lake Rd. after Parchers.

Photo: USDA Forest Service

Roads open: McGee Creek Rd., Rock Creek Road to the pack station, (expect ice and snow, will close in advance of winter storm), Pine Creek, Buttermilk Rd., Hwy 168 to Aspendell,  South Lake Parchers, 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: Mosquito Flat Backpacker (no water), Pleasant Valley (County), Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM, no water), Grandview (winter ops, no services, no fees), Baker Creek (County), Taboose Creek (County), Tinnemaha Creek (County), Goodale (BLM, no water).

Campgrounds closing 10/30: Convict Lake, French Camp, Tuff.

Campground Closing 11/1: Horton.

Campground open winter ops 11/1: Bitterbrush (no services, no fees).

Campgrounds closed: Rock Creek, Rock Creek Group, Upper Pine Grove, Pine Grove, East Fork, Palisade Group, Aspen Group, Big Meadow, Iris Meadow, McGee Creek, Holiday, 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.


Closing for the season 10/31: The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open 10:00 am. to 4:00 pm. Thursday through Sunday 10/31.


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.

Mt Whitney Ranger District

Mount Whitney 2003 03 25
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, Horseshoe Meadow (not maintained in winter, travel at own risk).


Campgrounds open: Independence Creek (county), Tuttle Creek (BLM), Portuguese Joe (county), Diaz Lake (County), Cottonwood Lakes(est. close 11/15), Cottonwood Pass(est. close 11/15), Horseshoe Meadows Equestrian(est. close 11/15), Kennedy Meadows with no services (no toilets, no water, no trash cans, no fee).


Campgrounds closing 10/31: Upper Grays Meadow, Onion Valley, Whitney Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead Campground, Whitney Portal Group, Lone Pine.

Campground open winter ops 11/1: Lower Grays Meadow, Lone Pine (no services, no fees).


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.


The Inyo National Forest is not in fire restrictions.

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