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Inyo Co Road Conditions Update 4/20

Postby maverick » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:43 am

Inyo Co Sheriff's Dept:

Current Road Conditions for Inyo County Mountain Roads:

1) Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s place – CLOSED- Mono County is expected to begin snow removal operations the week of April 17th (weather permitting). Inyo Road Dept. will not be able to access or estimate the snow removal timeline for the last mile of Rock Creek Rd. in Inyo County until the week of May 1st.

2) Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN- No restrictions

3) Sabrina Rd. - CLOSED- Inyo section, one lane clearing operations to the (unplowed) USFS parking lot, 0-5’ of snow on roadway. Due to avalanche concerns, snow removal operations have been suspended until this storm cycle ends (approximately May 1st). The lake is currently covered in 2-6’ of snow. Caltrans section, unknown timeline to opening.

4) North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Currently 0-5’ of snow on road way, due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd. conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 1st.

5) South Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is at the Bishop Creek Lodge, one lane clearing operations to the Pack Station, 2’-6’of snow, operations dependent on weather and avalanche conditions.

6) Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN- No restrictions

7) Onion Valley Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is at Seven Pines Rd., Currently clearing as weather and conditions permit, anticipated opening May 1st.

8) Whitney Portal Rd. – CLOSED- Closure is just above Hogback Rd., snow/rock removal operation is in process, anticipated opening May 1st to the USFS parking lot.

9) Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- Due to road structural damage and rockslides; Inyo County is currently working with partner agencies on repair options. Anticipated opening June/July.

10) Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN – No restrictions.

*The large quantity of snow this winter, and the weather patterns, is hampering the spring road opening operations. As storms continue, expect and be prepared for, changes to road conditions.
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Update 4/26

Postby maverick » Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:43 am

Inyo NF:

The Inyo County Road Dept team has been working extremely hard to clear mountain roads before fishing opener. Due to historic snowpack in the Sierra, this year has proven to be quite challenging. However, as of this week there are some new open roads!

Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s Place
– CLOSED- Mono County Road was going to begin snow removal operations the week of April 17th, however, due to challenging snow conditions this has not been possible. Inyo will not be able to access and estimate the snow removal timeline for the last mile of Rock Creek Rd. in Inyo County until the week of May 15th.

Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN- No restrictions

Sabrina Rd.
, - OPEN - We have cleared and will maintain two lane access to the lake parking lot, parking is limited at Sabrina Lake. The road will still be ICY at times – so drive cautiously.

North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd., conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 8th.

South Lake Rd. – CLOSURE MOVING- Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm, the closure will move to Parchers Resort and Pack Station. There will be limited parking available there, and ICY conditions. Walking access will be from there to South Lake.

Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN- No restrictions

Onion Valley Rd. – OPEN, Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm. expect ICY conditions at times.

Whitney Portal Rd. – OPEN, Effective Friday (4/28) at 4:30pm.

Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- Due to road structural damage and rockslides; Inyo County is in the process of emergency opening repairs, we are anticipating limited access mid-June, depending on conditions.

Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN – No restrictions.

Please anticipate limited parking at higher elevations due to snow, so plan ahead. And remember that road conditions can change based on the weather so stay up to date.
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Update 5/10

Postby maverick » Wed May 10, 2017 11:06 am

Inyo County Sheriff's Dept:
Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s place – OPEN- Due to the tireless efforts of the Mono County Road department, Upper Rock Creek Road is now open to the one lane section.

Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN

Sabrina Rd. - OPEN - ICY conditions at times

North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd., conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 22nd.

South Lake Rd. – CLOSED AT WEIR POND- This is due to a culvert failure resulting in a sinkhole in the traffic lanes, just below the dam. There is limited parking available at the closure, and ICY conditions at times. There is walking access to South Lake; this will be as far as the road is opened until the Road department can get it repaired.

Glacier Lodge Rd.
-OPEN

Onion Valley Rd.
– OPEN - ICY conditions at times

Whitney Portal Rd.
– OPEN

Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- Due to road structural damage and rockslides. Inyo County is continuing the Emergency Opening repairs, we are making good progress and are almost completed with the temporary repairs, as well as debris removal on the rest of the road from this year’s historic winter, and the Road Department is anticipating limited access in a few weeks.

Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN

White Mountain Rd. – OPEN- Clear conditions to the scenic overlook 8 miles from US168, patchy snow/ice to the county line, use caution.

Due to the large quantity of snow at the higher elevations, anticipate limited parking at the end of County Roads and please plan accordingly. Be prepared for changes to the current road conditions depending on the weather.
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Update 5/17

Postby maverick » Thu May 18, 2017 10:23 am

Inyo Co Sheriff:

With the unpredictable weather we have been having the past few days, please be ready for the unexpected! Check weather updates often and remember, these road conditions can change based on any new storm systems in the Sierra.

1) Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s Place – OPEN-

2) Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN-

3) Sabrina Rd. - OPEN -

4) North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- Due to the narrow and hazardous sections of road, there are no immediate plans to open North Lake Rd., conditions will be monitored and reassessed May 22nd.

5) South Lake Rd. – CLOSED AT WEIR POND- This is due to a culvert failure resulting in a sinkhole in the traffic lanes, just below the dam. There is limited parking available at the closure, and ICY conditions at times. There is walking access to South Lake. The Road Department crews have begun repairs on the failed road section, and expect to have them completed by the end of the week with and anticipated opening to the parking area before the Memorial Day weekend.

6) Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN-

7) Onion Valley Rd. – OPEN - ICY conditions at times

8) Whitney Portal Rd. – OPEN-

9) Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – CLOSED- The Road Department has completed the temporary repairs, and are currently finishing the debris removal and final clean-up on the rest of the road from this year’s historic winter. We are anticipating that Horseshoe Meadows will be open to the USFS gate before the Memorial Day weekend.

10) Nine Mile Rd. – OPEN –

11) White Mountain Road – OPEN-
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Update 5/22

Postby maverick » Thu May 25, 2017 9:53 am

Inyo Co. Sheriff's Dept:

Updated Current Road Conditions for Inyo County Mountain Roads:

All major mountain roads are now - OPEN - except North Lake road.

*Upper Rock Creek, above Tom’s place – OPEN-

*Pine Creek Rd. – OPEN-

*Sabrina Rd. - OPEN -

*North Lake Rd. – CLOSED- The Road Dept. is hoping to be able to open North Lake in mid-June. An update will be posted as soon as it is open.

*South Lake Rd. – OPEN- ICY conditions near the dam

*Glacier Lodge Rd. -OPEN-

*Onion Valley Rd.
– OPEN -

*Whitney Portal Rd. – OPEN-

*Horseshoe Meadows Rd. – OPEN- The County section is open, some minor repairs are still being completed with standard traffic control operations.

*Nine Mile Rd.
– OPEN –

*White Mountain Road – OPEN-

This is the last weekly road update. Once North Lake Rd. is open, the public will be advised.

The Road Department would like to thank everyone for their patience and support!
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Re: Inyo Co Road Conditions Update 4/20

Postby rlown » Thu May 25, 2017 9:55 am

road open doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be a cake walk once you put on your pack (and microspikes).
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