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Goodale Creek Road / Campground Flooded 6/20

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:41 am

Inyo Co Sheriff's Dept:

Goodale Creek Campground is closed due to flooding.
Goodale Creek Road is closed from Aberdeen Resort to campground due to flooding.
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Inyo Road Updates 6/22

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:19 pm

Inyo NF:

RE-OPENED ROADS:

Onion Valley Road, OPENED.

Pine Creek Road, OPENED; however, road may close again as runoff continues.


CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

Lower Rock Creek Road, from Pine Creek to Birchim Lane, CLOSED due to flooding. Alternate route for the community of 40 Acres is via Gorge Road. Date closed: 6/20/17

North Round Valley Road, north of Pine Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding (bridge damage). Date closed: 6/20/17
Newman Street, about 1 mile north of Stewart Ranch Road near Big Pine. CLOSED due to potential for flooding. Date closed: 6/20/17

Tinemaha Road (dirt road), from Fuller Road to Taboose Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding. Date closed 6/20/17

Goodale Creek Road , from Aberdeen Resort to the Goodale Creek Campground, CLOSED due to flooding. Date closed: 6/21/17

Seven Pines cabin community, west of Independence, road CLOSED due to runoff crossing the bridge. Date closed: 6/20/17

North Lake Road, CLOSED due to runoff related road damage. Date closed: 6/17/17

Brockman Lane, between 395 and Dixon Lane, CLOSED due to flooding (runoff crossing road). Date closed 6/2/17



FLOODED / USE CAUTION:

6/20/17: South Round Valley Road is flooded – not currently closed - anyone requiring access to this area is advised to use extreme caution.
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Re: 2017 Road Reports

Postby John Harper » Sat Jun 24, 2017 11:51 am

The road to Blackrock TH is still closed, as is the Boone Meadow road 22S20 (allegedly). Apparently, Sherman Pass road is open.

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Onion Valley Road 6/27

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:38 pm

Inyo NF:

Onion Valley Road is currently open until about a half mile from the top. The section of closed road has sustained damage due to flooding. If you intend to access this area for hiking you must park below the road closure, safely off the road, and walk up.
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North Lake Road Update 6/27

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:40 pm

Inyo NF:
North Lake Rd is CLOSED at the day use area due to heavy runoff and road damage. For those seeking access to the lake, you will need to park below the road closure and walk up (at your own risk). Road repairs will not begin until runoff begins to subside; peak runoff from the historic snowpack has not occurred yet
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Reds Meadow Road Update 6/27

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:25 pm

Inyo NF:

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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tioga road open june 29

Postby shuteye » Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:17 am

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Inyo Co Road Update 6/29

Postby maverick » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:45 am

Inyo Co. Sheriff's Dept:

Here is an updated list of current road closures:

RE-OPENED ROADS:

Onion Valley Road: OPEN – until about a half mile from the Onion Valley Campground at the top.

Pine Creek Road: OPENED 6/21/17 afternoon; however, road may close again as runoff continues.


CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

*Lower Rock Creek Road: from Pine Creek to Birchim Lane, CLOSED due to flooding. Alternate route for the community of 40 Acres is via Gorge Road.

*North Lake Road: CLOSED due to runoff related road damage.

*North Round Valley Road: north of Pine Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding (bridge damage).

*Tungsten City Road: north of Rocking K, CLOSED, due to flooding.

*Dixon Lane: east of bypass bridge, CLOSED due to flood maintenance work.

*Brockman Lane: between 395 and Dixon Lane, CLOSED due to flooding (runoff crossing road).

*Canal Road: between Bartell and Steward Lane, CLOSED due to flooding.

*Newman Street: about 1 mile north of Stewart Ranch Road near Big Pine. CLOSED due to potential for flooding.

*Tinemaha Road (dirt road): from Fuller Road to Taboose Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding.

*Goodale Creek Road: from Aberdeen Resort to the Goodale Creek Campground, CLOSED due to flooding.

*Seven Pines cabin community: west of Independence, road CLOSED due to flooding.

*McDonald Road (Alabama Hills area): north end of road, CLOSED, due to flooding.

FLOODED / USE CAUTION:

South Round Valley Road is flooded – not currently closed - anyone requiring access to this area is advised to use extreme caution.
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Re: 2017 Current snow conditions for E. Sierra

Postby Dave_Ayers » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:43 pm

Inyo Forest statement on the Postpile Access Road (from Inyo Facebook):
U.S. Forest Service - Inyo National Forest
July 1 at 12:05pm ·
The Inyo National Forest is currently permitting pedestrians and bicycles to use the Reds Meadow Road. The road remains closed to cars and other vehicles except administrative traffic.
The road had been previously closed for pedestrian and bike traffic for safety because of maintenance work, hazard tree falling, and other intensive work along the road corridor.
Those who walk/bike the Reds Meadow Rd. should be aware that maintenance work is continuing, at a diminished scale, and stop for or avoid road work.
Bicyclists should understand that the road has not been swept. Rocks, limbs, and other debris on the road will present hazards for cyclists that will require extreme caution.
Enjoy your holiday weekend.

They've also posted some pics of the Piute Pass Humphrey's area from last weekend at https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/photos/ ... =3&theater .
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North Lake Road Is Now Open 7/6

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:27 pm

According to Inyo NF.

As are the following:

RE-OPENED ROADS:

Onion Valley Road: OPEN – until about a half mile from the Onion Valley Campground at the top.

Pine Creek Road: OPEN

North Lake Road: OPEN

Seven Pines cabin community, west of Independence: road OPEN

Lower Rock Creek Road, from Pine Creek to Birchim Lane: OPEN

Newman Street: OPEN

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES:

North Round Valley Road: north of Pine Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding (bridge damage).

Tungsten City Road: north of Rocking K, CLOSED, due to flooding.

Dixon Lane: east of bypass bridge, CLOSED due to flood maintenance work.

Brockman Lane: between 395 and Dixon Lane, CLOSED due to flooding (runoff crossing road).

Canal Road: between Bartell and Steward Lane, CLOSED due to flooding.

Tinemaha Road (dirt road): from Fuller Road to Taboose Creek Road, CLOSED due to flooding.

Goodale Creek Road: from Aberdeen Resort to the Goodale Creek Campground, CLOSED due to flooding.

McDonald Road (Alabama Hills area): north end of road, CLOSED, due to flooding.

FLOODED / USE CAUTION:
6/20/17: South Round Valley Road is flooded – not currently closed - anyone requiring access to this area is advised to use extreme caution.
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