White Mountain Ranger District Conditions


 

October 27, 2014

798 North Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514
White Mountain Ranger District Recreation


The pond on Bishop Creek, below South Lake.

Bishop Creek Canyon.

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Fall conditions are appearing on the White Mtn Ranger District.   Backcountry temperatures can be cold at the higher elevations. Thunder storms and snow showers occur this time of the season. Bring appropriate clothing. 

All roads in the area are open. 

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center is open 10AM to 4PM Friday-Monday. After November 2, the visitor center will be closed for the winter.

The White Mountain Ranger Station is open from 8:00 until 5:00, closed weekends begining November 2nd, 8:30 to 4:30 closed for lunch 12:00 to 1:00, Monday thru Friday.

Wilderness Permits are available at any Inyo National Forest visitor center. Winter season trips do not need a reservation. November 2 to April 30 self issue forms can be used for afterhours registration. Reservations for 2014 season wilderness permits are available at recreation.gov Please remember to CONFIRM the number of people on your trip via the recreation.gov site a few days before your trip.  This will hold your permit for pick-up after 10:00 AM - otherwise you may lose your reservation. 

Weather


Bishop Weather

Big Pine Weather

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Weather

Crowley Lake Weather

Avalanche Advisory

 

 

 

 

Road Status


White Mountain Road     

OPEN

Open to Barcroft Gate, road is very rough.

Rock Creek Road

OPEN

*Road Construction Delays 2014 thru 2015. Open to Mosquito Flat.

Bishop Canyon Road

OPEN

Roads to South Lake, Sabrina Lake and North Lake are open.

Big Pine Canyon

OPEN

Open  to Glacier Lodge

Rock Creek Road 

*Construction

 

OPEN with delays* 

 *Major reconstruction activities will be taking place on Rock Creek Road during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.  Visitors may experience delays up to 30 minutes...or more

Inyo County Road Department (760) 872-2707

Highway Conditions - California

Highway Conditions - Nevada

 

Trail Conditions


Trails are clear, phone 760 873-2500 or 760 873-2483 for current trail conditions.


Campground  

Status

Price

Comments

Big Pine Creek Area

Clyde Glacier Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Big Pine Creek

Closed

 

 

Palisade Glacier Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Sage Flat

Closed

 

 

Upper Sage

Closed

 

 

Bishop Area

Big Trees

Open

 

 

Bishop Park

Closed

 

 

Bishop Park Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Bitterbrush

Open

 

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Forks

Open

 

 

Four Jeffrey

Open

 

 

Intake 2 Walk-in

Closed

 

 

Intake 2

Closed

 

 

Mountain Glen

Closed

 

 

North Lake

Closed

 

 

Sabrina

Closed

 

 

Table Mountain Closed    

Willow

Closed

 

 

Crowley Lake / Rock Creek Area

Aspen Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Big Meadow

Closed

 

 

East Fork

Closed

 

 

French Camp

Open

 

 

Holiday

Closed

 

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Iris Meadow

Closed

 

 

McGee Creek

Open

 

 

Mosquito Flat Backpacker

Open

 

 

Palisade Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Pine Grove

Closed

 

 

Rock Creek Lake

Closed

 

 

Rock Creek Lake Group Camp

Closed

 

 

Tuff

Open

 

 

Upper Pine Grove

Open

 

 

White Mountains Area

Grandview

Open

 

No Water. No trash service. Firewood is limited.

Group Camp Ferguson

Open

 

 Use by reservation only: (760) 873-2503

Group Camp Nelson

Open

 

 Use by reservation only: (760) 873-2503

Group Camp Noren

Open

 

 Use by reservation only: (760) 873-2503

 

Dispersed Camping : The Inyo National Forest permits camping in dispersed areas with some restrictions.  Note: Bristlecone Pine Forest is closed to dispersed camping, campfires and wood collection. 

 

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest


The visitor center is open Friday-Monday 10AM to 4PM.After November 2, the visitor center will be closed for the winter. The White Mountain Road is open to Barcroft Gate, road is very rough, good tires a must.    

Local Information


Bishop Chamber of Commerce

 

Recreation Opportunity Guides


Hiking Bishop Creek North Fork

Birch Lake and Red Lake Trailheads

Campgrounds- Inyo National Forest

Hiking Bishop Creek South Fork

Hiking Big Pine Creek

Camping at Rock Creek

Hiking Rock Creek

 

Camping at Big Pine Creek

Hiking Horton Lakes

 

Camping at Bishop Creek

Hiking McGee Creek

How to Obtain a Wilderness Permit

Dispersed Camping