There has been an increase in bear activity on the Inyo National Forest.
Bear activity increased not only in campgrounds and trailheads, but in areas that do not normally receive heavy bear use. The extremely dry winter has decreased the available natural food sources for bears so they are looking for other food sources; this includes human food and trash!
STORE YOUR FOOD AND TRASH PROPERLY!!
Developed campsites have food storage lockers as well as bear-proof trashcans. Store all your food, including pet food, in the locker. Never leave food unattended at your campsite. As an added precaution store all scented items in the food storage locker as well, this includes sunscreen, bug-repellant, and toiletries. In areas without food storage lockers, put your coolers, food, and scented items in the trunk of your car. Bears are visual and they know what a cooler is and what could be inside! For more information please contact the Forest Visitor Centers.
Utility relocation will begin the week of August 11 at the first bridge location at Rock Creek Road. These relocations will necessitate holding traffic up to a 30 minute delay at this one location. Although the delays at the other locations will still be minimal, the entire delay going up the canyon could be between 45 to 60 minutes.
Parking restrictions are still in effect from below Pine Grove Campground to the Rock Creek Pack Station, including the Hilton Lakes Trailhead area. Test paving will begin the week of August 20, with production paving scheduled to begin the first week of September. After paving is complete in this area, parking restrictions will be moved to below the currently restricted area. Signs posted in the construction zone will have the most current information.