Substantial rain and snow from the atmospheric river events that took place in January and February of 2017 caused significant damage on Horseshoe Meadows Road. In one particular area, weather induced erosion has reduced the road to an unstable and unsafe single-lane.
The Inyo County Road Department has inspected the road damage that can currently be accessed and is in the process of determining the scope of the project, including the time estimate involved in the required road repair. At this time repair work will involve stabilizing the roadbed, stabilizing the shoulder, and preventative measures that would reduce further erosion.
Currently Horseshoe Meadows Road is under normal winter closure; however, it is important that the public is aware that this road is unsafe. As the project progresses more information will be released, including the projected opening of the road.
Inyo County Road Department and Caltrans Distric 9 crews have made excellent progress removing rock fall debris from Whitney Portal Road between recent storms. Pavement resurfacing will wait for warmer weather.
Spring storms could trigger additional rock fall and will affect when the road will open. This has been an epic California winter. Weather forecast at Whitney Portal.
Thanks to the hard work of the road crews, this road may open in time for normal spring activities.
While hibernating, bears enter a state of reduced body temperature, pulse rate, and respiration that conserves energy, but their "sleep" is not a deep one. Black bears leave the den periodically and continue to try to find food through winter.
WATCH FOR BEAR CROSSING ROADS!!
Bear are traveling out of their normal areas to search for food due to prior years of drought. Many have been hit and killed by vehicles. It can be difficult to see black bear at night. Slow down for wildlife!
STORE YOUR FOOD AND TRASH PROPERLY!!
Developed campsites have food storage lockers and bear-proof trashcans. Never leave food unattended at your campsite. For more information please contact the Forest Visitor Centers.