PE395 wrote:I've been confused by the USFS postings. It sounds like the whole area down at the Middle Fork is closed to all access, even hiking in via JMT or PCT? But I thought I read about access to Sotcher being open?
A wind storm that blew through California on November 30 caused widespread damage to the Sierra Nevada. From Mount Whitney to Tioga Pass, thousands of trees were affected by the storm. The PCT is not officially closed. Beware of difficult travel conditions presented by this unusual situation. Visit the Inyo National Forest website for regular reports.
The roaded portion of the Redâ€™s Meadow Valley including the road to Minaret Summit and Mammoth Lakes is closed to the public at this time until clean-up work has been completed. PCT travelers may stay on the trail through the valley but are not permitted to hike on the road out of the valley to get to Mammoth Lakes. The trails from Upper and Lower Crater Meadows to Horseshoe Lake leads to a trailhead in the Mammoth Lakes Basin which is connected by paved road to the town of Mammoth Lakes. This is the best access point for PCT hikers to re-supply in Mammoth Lakes and return to the trail. Local bus service between Mammoth Lakes and Horseshoe Lake will begin on June 30th. Redâ€™s Meadow Resort is closed at this time as well as all Forest Service campgrounds. There are no services available in the Redâ€™s Meadow Valley. For more information contact the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center at 760 924-5500.
http://www.pcta.org/planning/during_tri ... osures.php
FreshPow wrote:I wonder if there are any aerial photos out there?
Grumpy wrote:That's the scar from the rainbow fire not from November's East wind.
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