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What’s open, what isn’t: latest on on local trails, roads, campgrounds

May 29, 2014

Duck Pass is the lowest dip on the horizon in the middle of the photo. The trail to Duck Pass, which lies on the snow-covered slope below the pass, is still almost completely covered with snow, making hiking the trail very difficult. Other trails in the Mammoth area are also still at least partially covered in snow. Check before you head out into the backcountry. Photo/Tiffany Tyree

The drought winter has allowed more access to Mammoth-area trails, roads and campgrounds than is normal for late May and June, but many high country trails are still covered in snow if they are above 10,000 elevation and/or if they are on north-facing, shaded slopes.

Several campgrounds are also still closed, due to issues with infrastructure or access.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the following is a list of the status of most of the area roads, campgrounds and trails, with a new update expected on Friday, May 30. That update will be posted at mammothtimes..com.

Mono Lake Ranger District
Roads: All Roads are open: Bodie (Highway 270), Lundy Canyon, June Lake Loop (Hwy 158), Monitor Pass, Panum Crater, Parker Lake, Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Saddlebag Rd., South Tufa, Hwy 120 E, Tioga Pass (Hwy 120 W).
Campgrounds: Campgrounds open: Aspen Grove, Big Springs, Glass Creek, Gull Lake, Hartley Springs, June Lake, Lower Lee Vining, Lundy Canyon (county), Obsidian Flat Group (est. open 5/27), Oh! Ridge, Reversed Creek. Silver Lake.
Campgrounds closed: Aerie Crag, Big Bend, Bloody Canyon Trailhead CG, Upper Deadman, Lower Deadman, Ellery Lake, Junction, Moraine, Saddlebag Lake, Sawmill Walk-In, Tioga Lake.

Mammoth Ranger District
Roads: Roads closed: Old Mammoth Road to Lakes Basin.
Roads snow-covered: Laurel Canyon.
Roads open: Convict Lake, Hot Creek Hatchery, Inyo Craters, Lakes Basin (gated at Horseshoe, Coldwater Pass TH becoming accessible to 4WD and melting fast), Lake Mary, Mammoth Creek, Mammoth Scenic Loop, Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile opens 5/23, Sherwin Creek.
Campgrounds: Campgrounds closed: Agnew Meadows, Agnew Meadows Group, Agnew Meadows Horse, Coldwater (est. open June 6), Lake George (est. open June 6), Lake Mary (est. open June 6), Minaret Falls, Pine City, (est. open June 6), Pine Glen Overflow, Pine Glen Group, Pumice Flat (est. open June 20), Pumice Flat Group (est. open June 20), Upper Soda Springs, (BLM), Devils Postpile (NPS).
Campgrounds Open: Brown’s Owens River (private), Convict Lake, Crowley Lake (BLM), New Shady Rest, Old Shady Rest, Mammoth Mtn. RV Park (Private), Reds Meadow),Sherwin Creek. Twin Lakes
Devils Postpile Ranger Station open.

White Mountain Ranger District
Roads: All roads are open including S.R.168 West (to Lake Sabrina), North Lake, South Lake, White Mt. Rd. to the Patriarch Grove turn-off, Big Pine Canyon Rd., Rock Creek Rd. (Re-construction project is underway.
Wyman Canyon Rd. is washed out below Deadhorse.
Campgrounds: Campgrounds closed: Holiday.
Campgrounds open/opening: Aspen Group Camp (res. only), Big Meadow, Big Pine Creek, Big Trees, Bishop Park, Bishop Park Group Camp (res. only), Bitterbrush, Clyde Glacier Group Camp, East Fork, Forks, Four Jeffrey, French Camp, Goodale (BLM), Grandview (no water, no trash service, firewood is limited), Group Camp Ferguson, Group Camp Nelson, Group Camp Noren, Horton (BLM), Intake 2 Walk-in, Intake 2, Iris Meadow, McGee Creek, Mosquito Flat Backpacker, Mountain Glen , North Lake, Palisade Glacier Group Camp (res. only), Pine Grove, Pleasant Valley Pit (BLM), Rock Creek Lake, Rock Creek Lake, Group Camp Sabrina, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, Table Mt. (reservations .only), Tuff, Upper Pine Grove, Willow.
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center to open for weekend hours only.

Mt Whitney Ranger District:
Roads: All roads are open: Foothill Rd., Division Creek Rd, Haiwee Pass Rd. (flood damage), Horseshoe Meadow Rd., Mazourka Canyon Rd., North Saline Valley Rd., Onion Valley Rd, Sage Flat Rd, Whitney Portal Rd.
Campgrounds: Campgrounds open: Boulder Creek RV Resort (Private), Cottonwood Lakes/ Pass Trailhead, Diaz Lake (County), Horseshoe Meadow Equestrian, Independence Creek (County), Lone Pine, Lower Grays Meadow, Upper Grays Meadow, Onion Valley, Portagee Joe (County), Tuttle Creek (BLM), Whitney Portal, Whitney Portal Trailhead.

Mammoth-area trails
All trails are located near Mammoth. Trail conditions based on visitor feedback, as of May 27
Convict Canyon: No report, snow levels around 10,000 feet and dangerous stream crossing.
McGee Canyon: Clear until Steelhead Lake junction, snow drifts beyond. Trail to Big McGee; patchy snow at 9,500 foot level
Sherwin/Valentine: Clear, but snow drifts at Valentine outlet and Lake area.
Mammoth Rock Trail: Clear
Panorama Dome: Clear
Consolidated Mine/Hear Lake: Clear
Duck Pass: Mostly impassable beyond Skelton Lake, due to large snow drifts
Emerald Lake/Sky Meadows: Patchy snow and obscured trail, trail hard to follow at upper end.
TJ/Barrett Lakes: Some patchy snow.
Crystal Lake/Deer Lakes/Mammoth Crest: Large snow drifts and no trail to follow.
Red Cones/Mammoth Pass: One to three feet of snow, trail obscured
Dragonsback/Bottomless Pit: Some patchy snow at start.
High Trail (PCT): Clear to Summit Lake/Clark Lake junction; snow toward 1000 Island Lake connector trail.
River Trail: Clear to Badger Lake, snow drifts and patches towards 1000 Island Lake outlet.
Shadow Creek Trail: Clear to JMT junction, snow at Ediza outlet & beyond.
John Muir Trail North: Mostly clear with some snow patches near Rosalie/Gladys Lakes.
Minaret Lake: Clear with some snow near Minaret Lake outlet.
Fern/Beck Lakes Loop: Mostly Clear but large snow-fields above 9,500 foot elevation. King Creek crossing contains high water.
Fish Creek/Iva Bell Hot Springs: Clear trail to springs with some downed trees in vicinity.
John Muir Trail South: Clear to Duck Lake Outlet, minor patches of snow in shaded regions.

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