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Reds Meadow Valley Road open

Postby mammoth80 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:38 am

The Mammoth twitter feed states that the road is open today and the shuttles are running. From the INF website:
Reds Meadow Road to Open Wednesday, June 29th

Release Date: Jun 24, 2011 Bishop, CA

A record snowfall and resulting damage has delayed the opening of the Reds Meadow Road to Wednesday, June 29th. The target date of June 24th was not met due to the time required to remove hazards and debris, and to make repairs along the roadway as a result of winter avalanches and harsh conditions. The road, with access to the Devils Postpile National Monument, will open at 8:00 am on June 29th with shuttle bus services beginning immediately.

Mandatory shuttle service will commence on Wednesday, June 29th, and operate through Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Shuttles will depart from the base of the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area Main Lodge “Adventure Center” every 15-20 minutes during peak times (10:00am - 4:00pm) and 45 minutes during off-peak times (7:30am - 9:45am; 4:45pm – 7:00pm). The first shuttlewill depart the Adventure Center daily at 7:30 a.m. Shuttles depart from The Village at Mammoth Lakes daily at 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 9:15, and then every 30 minutes or less from 9:30 to 4:00.

Motorists traveling as exception vehicles are urged to use caution, drive slowly, and watch for wildlife!

The snowpack in the valley is variable and is preventing the opening of several campgrounds and trails. Facilities that will be open on June 29th include Reds Meadow Resort, Devils Postpile National Monument (including trails to the Postpile and Rainbow Falls), and Reds Meadow Campground. Devils Postpile Campground will open on July 1st, but may have snow patches. Additional facilities, campgrounds and trails should open before the July 4th holiday weekend, depending on weather conditions.

Backcountry travelers must take extra precautions and understand the many hazards that exist with the late spring conditions. Stream crossings are deep, swift, and dangerous. Many trails are covered with deep snow and large drifts. Passes are covered in snow and ice. Most lakes above 9000 feet are covered with snow and ice and unsafe for travel. Snow-free hiking opportunities are limited above 8500 feet.

I'd be interested in hearing reports from this area. Are the valley campgrounds open? How's the snow coverage? Are lakes still frozen?

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Re: Reds Meadow Valley Road open

Postby ChinMusic » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:51 am

What is a typical date for this road to open?
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Re: Reds Meadow Valley Road open

Postby Ozark Flip » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:16 pm

I'll be in Mammoth starting Saturday. Supposed to be going into Red's Meadow area, hiking out of Devil's Postpile (King Creek trail I believe the locals call it). We'll have to see how the snow is. Have plans B and C just in case.

Thanks for the post Mommoth80!
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Re: Reds Meadow Valley Road open

Postby sparky » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:33 pm

Report came in last weekend of 5 feet of snow at a cabin just north of horseshoe lake, and 3 miles due east of devils postpile at just above 9000ft.
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Re: Reds Meadow Valley Road open

Postby Flux » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:35 am

Gonna be snow. Although, it's gonna be hot too.
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