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.
Pulverizing the old road asphalt is expected to begin June 23 with parking restrictions from below Pine Grove Campground to Rock Creek Pack Station. This includes the Hilton Lakes trailhead parking. Parking will be permitted in this section for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, beginning at noon on July 3rd. However, parking will once again be restricted as of Monday, July 7th. If work is delayed, the parking restrictions will also be delayed. Signs posted in the construction zone will have the most current information.