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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:33 pm 
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I'm going to head up there on Saturday; I'll snap a few

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:00 pm 
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Sunday -Lake Mary cabins on the side of the road by the marina.
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Sunday - Parking lot at George next to TH to Mammoth Crest.
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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:16 am 
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Twin Lakes Campground and Lake Mary Campground have once again been changed to July 27 :shock:

Seems to change daily

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:47 pm 
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Spirit Tree wrote:
Sunday - Parking lot at George next to TH to Mammoth Crest.
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I take it that snow isnt just a pile pushed up by plows at the lot, but what the crews actually had to cut thru?

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:26 pm 
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^ Yes, snow in its natural state along the back side of Lake Mary. A friend and I kayaked Lake Mamie yesterday (tons of fun...first paddle of the season and checked off another Sierra lake I hadn't been on yet!) and drove around the backside of Mary afterward. Lots of rivulets, creeks, run-off and flooding everywhere.

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Twin Lakes campground will open tomorrow, but none of the others in the basin will yet. (Edited 6/29: Twin Lakes c.g. did NOT open today...see photos in post below.) Here is a great article from the USFS about current camping conditions for the 4th of July holiday:

http://www.sierrawave.net/u-s-forest-se ... ay-update/

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:39 pm 
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Did you see fishies?

Its been blowing like crazy every afternoon in the Bay Area, I'm surprised you guys seem to be spared.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:53 pm 
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Saw some jump!

Oh we've had wind alright for the past several days (& blowing the pine pollen everywhere...a-choo!). My girlfriend and I actually went down to Convict Lake first, but there were white caps so we doubled back into town to the Lakes Basin. Twin Lakes and Lake Mary had white caps, too, but Lake Mamie, since it's smaller and surrounded by more trees, it was a lot calmer so we gave it a go. Wasn't bad at all and had the wind at our backs returning to shore! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:58 pm 
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Here's a good article on the Reds Road/Devils PP situation:

http://www.sierrawave.net/reds-meadow-d ... in-closed/

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Forest engineers are assessing storm damage to the Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Road and there is no estimated opening date for the road at this time. Crews have only recently been able to get into the Reds Meadow Valley after plowing operations were completed.

The Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile Road remain closed to vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, and work is in progress to make necessary repairs.

This road, which accesses prized destinations such as Devils Postpile National Monument, Reds Meadow, and Rainbow Falls Trailhead, has received storm damage after the substantial snowpack from this winter and the subsequent melt-off and flooding.

The forest is requesting an evaluation from a Geotechnical Specialist to assess the road. The concern is a series of longitudinal cracks along the road’s edge as well as holes in the pavement that seem to permit water flow beneath the road. The intent of the assessment is to determine if the cracking has led to instability in the roadbed and determine safe load limits for the road.

The Inyo National Forest, Devils Postpile National Monument and partners continue to conduct necessary repairs to open roads, which includes brushing, culvert and drainage clearance, repairing potholes, and plowing parking areas, as well as getting water and waste water systems operational along the road following a record-breaking year for winter snowpack at 200% of normal. In a typical year the road to the monument does not open until mid to late June.

“We appreciate your patience while we work through the many maintenance issues to re-open the Reds Meadow Road,” said Mono and Mammoth Lakes District Ranger Jon Regelbrugge. “Part of what makes the Reds Meadow Valley so special also presents maintenance and safety concerns that this past winter illustrate. Our primary concern is to safely open this narrow mountain road for our visitor’s enjoyment.”

National Park Service Superintendent Dulen at Devils Postpile National Monument, added, “Trail crews are hard at work repairing the damages on the trail to the base of Rainbow Falls while working safely at the extremely high river levels. With the river levels this year, this work will proceed into the fall. The trail to the base of the falls will remain closed until work is completed.”

Hikers or backpackers should be prepared for winter hiking and camping conditions, with snow and ice on trails. River crossings are high and swift moving. There are several high water areas currently flooding the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT). Anyone planning a trip on the PCT through the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin valley should use caution and be prepared to turn back in the event of high water crossings.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:48 pm 
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Nice pics SL.
What is the water temp? I would gather rather chilly. Imagine if someone would dump in without wetsuit or such, hypo would set in kind of quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
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Never seen Horseshoe this filled. It's so full the outflow is going on the back side. Amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
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Thanks for the pics SL.

Rec site still says Twin Lakes Campground is closed. It would be nice if it were open.

I'll be up this weekend, anyone skiing? 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
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I will be out doing laps on the Sign Line

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
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Great Pics SL, thanks.
It's great to see that you take every chance you get to get out there and be active regardless of the season or weather. It's too bad that SG is having heath issues. I can relate, the last 5 years it seems like "the wheels have been falling off the bus", there's always something acting up. It ain't easy getting older.


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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
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From the USFS - Inyo Nat'l. Forest FB page about the Rush Creek Trail closure:

https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/

https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/photos/ ... =3&theater

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The Inyo National Forest, through a forest order, is closing segments of the Rush Creek Trail for public safety from June 30, 2017 through September 1, 2017.
The wet winter of 2016-2017, with more than 180% of average annual precipitation and close to 200% of average runoff forecast, has exacerbated safety concerns for dams within the Rush Creek Hydroelectric System (RCHS) on the Inyo National Forest. The extreme water year means water levels will likely exceed seismic safety ratings for a period of more than 25 days in Waugh Reservoir. The RCHS is currently operated by Southern California Edison under a license with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The forest order prohibits:
• Being within 800 feet of Rush Creek, from its intersection with the Waugh Lake Dam, then east to its intersection with Gem Lake, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 261.53(e).
• Being on the National Forest System trails listed below and shown on the attached map.
o Rush Creek Trail from a point 750 feet north of its intersection with Clark Lakes Trail, then west to a point 528 feet west of its intersection with Weber Lake Trail.
o Clark Lakes Trail from its intersection with Rush Creek trail, then south 1600 feet.
o Spooky Meadows Trail from its intersection with Rush Creek Trail, then south to its intersection with the Ansel Adams Wilderness Boundary below Spooky Meadow.
o Weber Lake Trail from its intersection with Rush Creek Trail, then south 1500 feet.
This closure affects access to popular destinations such as Thousand Island Lake, the John Muir Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail.
Visitors who hold a wilderness permit reservation made prior to June 30th for entry at the Rush Creek Trailhead should call the Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2483 to cancel their reservation or reserve an alternate trailhead. The exception is for hikers (both day and overnight) whose destination is Gem Lake or the Alger Lake Trail.
Hikers, including PCT thru-hikers, cannot exit via the Rush Creek Trail and need to make alternate plans for exit and resupply.

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 Post subject: Re: Seasonal mountain pass opening status & campgrounds
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 8:36 pm 
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From the USFS - Inyo Nat'l. Forest FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/

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To help paint the picture of why the campgrounds in the Lakes Basin are not opened yet, here are a handful of photos taken of Twin Lakes Campground last Friday. Campgrounds in the upper basin are still in partial snow/pooled water. After the epic winter comes the epic melt-off. Photos by Brett Collins.


Obviously Twin Lakes campground did NOT open today as originally anticipated.

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