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Minaret Summit Road, Highway 203, Reds Meadow to Open Thursday, July 4, 2019



Backpacker Access to the High Sierra

Minaret Summit Road Shuttle
Minaret Summit Road Shuttle to JMT at Reds Meadow and PCT at Agnew Meadow.
Only access to and from JMT to Reds Meadow, PCT to Agnew Meadow, & Devils Postpile

Minaret Summit Road, Highway 203

Reds Meadow Pack Station, Devils Postpile, JMT-PCT Trailheads Access into the sweet hiking, scrambling, and climbing terrain of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Reds Meadow to open Thursday, July 4,
Sierra Wave, July 1, 2019.


"...made the decision to open the area to the public with the provision of the mandatory shuttle and the placement of restroom facilities for day-use visitors."

"The Reds Meadow Shuttle is scheduled to operate seven days/week through Wednesday, September 4, 2019."

"Backcountry hikers can purchase shuttle tickets from the bus driver in the valley."

"Due to the winter storm impacts and required infrastructure repairs, no campgrounds are open in the Reds Meadow area."

Shuttle Service Information

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Inyo Sheriff June 2019 Temple Crag Rescue



Temple Crag Rescue,
Inyo Sheriff, June 17, 2019.

Temple Craig
The Palisades
John Muir Wilderness in Inyo National Forest
East of Bishop Pass, West of Big Pine, Permits


Rockfall Accident
"On June 15 at around 5:45pm, a male and female party of two were "simul-climbing" (a climbing technique where all climbers climb at the same time while tied into the same rope) the technical rock route “Sun Ribbon Arete” on Temple Crag in the Palisades region of the Sierra Nevada. At about 12,600’ (about 200' from the summit) a rock broke causing the second climber to fall about 20-30’ before being caught by their rope. The team sent a distress signal via their Personal Locator Beacon, and ultimately Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified."

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Mono SAR June 2019 Mt Morrison Rescue



CHP H40 Rescue Copter Framed by Mount Morrison
H40 landed at the Mammoth-Yosemite airport, Mount Morrison in background. Mono SAR Photo.
"H40 landed at the Mammoth-Yosemite airport," Mount Morrison in background. Mono SAR Photo.


Eastern Sierra Accident

Mt Morrison Rescue,
Mono SAR, June 11, 2019.


Mount Morrison
In the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest. I don't currently have a map depicting Mt Morison, but it is located a short distance off the East edge of this map from Lake Genevieve. This map depicts the route of the JMT-PCT over the Silver Divide, which locates Mount Morrison on a line between the Silver Divide and the Mammoth Airport, on the Eastern Flank of the Sierra overlooking the Airport, as we can see in the image above.

"...respond to a report of a 68 year old male from Chalfant, CA, injured in a fall on the south side of Mt. Morrison, at an approximate elevation of 11,200’."

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Is the Long Valley Caldera Hot-Cold Water Boundary Secure?


Is the Long Valley Caldera's Hot-Cold Water Boundary Secure?

Is former Olympian a bully or savior in geothermal fight?
E&ENews, October 29, 2018.


Not Contained?
“Hayes, a charismatic former Olympian, says data show the deep geothermal reservoirs used for energy production are not completely contained. They are already contaminating the town's shallower groundwater aquifers, he says, and the problem could get worse when the plant expands production.”

“...that's what Pat Hayes, the area's water manager, wants you to think.”

“The problem for Hayes, though, is it's unclear how much validity there is to those claims.”

“His critics note that Hayes has secured few victories. Courts have strongly rejected his claims, siding with regulators who reviewed the relevant scientific data, as well as a robust groundwater monitoring plan they've put in place.”

“Judge Stan Eller concluded that "available evidence" indicates the groundwater and geothermal systems are separate.”

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Megacity Thieves, Grouse, and Ranchers Fight over Diminishing East Sierra Waters


Megacity Thieves, Grouse, and Ranchers Fight over Diminishing Waters

Los Angeles reduces Eastern Sierra water deliveries because of climate change. At risk, ranchers say, is a way of life,
LA Times, September 24, 2018.


Ranchers Out
“...LADWP has for seven decades provided several lessees in the area about 5 acre-feet of water per acre per year, which made their pastures nutritious through the summer and added luster to the area’s hiking, biking and angling hotspots. (An acre-foot of water equals about 326,000 gallons, more than enough to supply two households for a year.)”

“ 20-year leases for 10 longtime ranchers in area, the department says lessees should anticipate that little to no water will be available for them.”

Grouse Lifeline

“ would continue diverting about 1,000 acre-feet of water per year to protect the estimated 600 sage grouse in the area, a segment of a subspecies only found along the California-Nevada border.

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Mono Basin Scenic Visitor Center Bighorn Sheep Event


Bighorn Sheep Event, Thursday, Sept. 20

Celebration for the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep,
Sierra Wave, September 9, 2018.


“ afternoon of Sierra bighorn stories and hands on activities at the Mono Basin Scenic Visitor Center, Lee Vining, CA on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m.”

“...activities for people of all ages will include classroom activities presented by Virginia Chadwick, Vice-President of the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation.”

“Dr. John Wehausen, who has researched bighorn for nearly 50 years, will talk about unusual encounters with bighorn. Elsbeth Otto from CDFW will describe the experience of trekking into the high country to monitor bighorn populations, and Jacqueline Leary from the CDFW will give a presentation on Sierra bighorn lambs.”

“The Sierra bighorn population has reached over 600 animals in recent years—a recovery from a low point of a little over 100 bighorn sheep around 1995.”


The Feds
Mono Lake Ranger District

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2018, Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated (Injury Update)

Injury Update, August 17



Injured Climber on Mount Conness Located, Freed, & Evacuated


Many come to aid of climber trapped between granite slabs,
Sierra Wave, July 30, 2018.

"On July 29, 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Search and Rescue (SAR) received a call from a pair of climbers in the area of the north ridge of Mount Conness."

"The pair explained that they could hear someone screaming for help approximately 1/2 to 3/4 miles northeast of their location. They were unsure of the exact location of the voice but provided SAR with an approximate GPS location..."

"The approximate location of the victim was around 11,400 feet elevation near the base of the Conness Glacier."

"Twelve (12) SAR personnel responded and readied at the Saddlebag Lake trailhead, and the SAR Team then began the hike into the area to attempt to locate and assist the injured person. CHP Helicopter H40 was requested to the area to conduct an aerial search of the area as well."

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Caltrans Reports


Original Story

June Lake Loop Closed

Portion of State Route 158 closed due to mudslide,
Sierra Wave, July 31, 2018.

 “...closed between Silver Lake and Grant Lake. The official location is 7.3 miles south of the north junction of SR 158 & US Hwy 395.  A large mud slide is covering a large portion of the highway. Caltrans crews and CHP are on site directing traffic.  The highway will remain closed overnight and the situation will be reassessed in the morning.”



Highway 158

All Mountain Highways


Trail Guide

USGS TOPO Hiking Map

Donohue to Island Passes, including trails to June Lake

Trail Guide & Schematic Map

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July 10, 2018: Whitney Portal Closed & Evacuated by Georges Fire, UPDATED INFORMATION



Inciweb: Georges Fire

July 10

Whitney Portal Evacuated and Closed

Original News Report

Original Forest Alert-Warning

No Trips Starting Out the Whitney Portal


July 16

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Mount Whitney Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?





Emergency Satellite Transponder Jackass Rescue?

The Sheet, June 23, 2018, p.9, PDF.

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June, 2018: Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney




Serious Spring Snow Accident on Mount Whitney

Pro Rescue brings Two off Whitney by Helo, One able to Self-Rescue

Inyo, Mono Search and Rescue members aid hikers,
Sierra Wave, June 12, 2018.




"...approximately 9:30 am on Sunday June 10th…"

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Spring of 2018: Status of the East Flank of the South Sierra


Spring of 2018

Status of the East Flank of the South Sierra

Sierra Wave, May 6, 2018.



Mono Lake Ranger District


Highway 89

Highway 108

Bodie (Hwy 270)

Lundy Canyon (to the resort)

June Lake Loop

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High Sierra Hiking Dogs: "Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure


High Sierra Hiking Dog

"Ace,"Another Lucky Dog, Survives Wilderness Adventure

Crowley Lake dog survives 12 nights in Long Valley Caldera
The Sheet, February 17, 2018, PDF, p.8.


Ace's Big Adventure

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Ultra Dry 2018 Winter Fire in Bishop: New Normal Emerging: Wait 'till Summer


Ultra Dry Winter Fire in Bishop

New Normal Season Emerging: Wait 'till Summertime

Update: Pleasant Fire at 2,250 acres; 15 percent containment,
Sierra Wave, February 19, 2018, 11:00 AM.


Incident Start Date: 2/18/2018

Incident Start Time: 2:12 P.M.

Total Acreage: 2,250 Containment: 15%

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High Sierra Health & Fitness: 2018 Winter Mosquitoes, Owens Valley


Winter Mosquitoes 2018

Owens Valley

Skeeters Rise in Unseasonable Heat

Warm weather awakens mosquitoes,
Sierra Wave, February 11, 2018.

" increase in reports from residents seeing mosquitoes this February due to the unseasonably warm weather..."

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West Nile in Bishop


West Nile in Bishop

Man recovers from West Nile virus illness,
Sierra Wave, September 7, 2017,

West Nile Reports

Kings County

First Ca Human Case of 2017

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Tollermom tops Mount Whitney on a very Long Day Hike

Tahoe to Whitney just received this excellent account of Tollermom's careful approach to hiking Mount Whitney in a day, her planning and preperation, and successful execution of this daring hike.

Mount Whitney in a Day

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Mt Whitney day hike! My most excellant adventure.

I am a planner. I read books, studied maps. I poured over trip reports hoping to glean the one obscure tip that would be my salvation. I fretted, obsessed, analyzed and memorized. I watched youtube videos of the trail, did a virtual flyover on Halfmile Maps google earth. I worried over hikers who fell off the trail wondering what tripped them up.

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Whitney Portal and Lone Pine Backpacker Resources

I have hit the Whitney Portal four times at the end of John Muir Trail hikes at 2;30 pm, had a Portal Burger at Doug's, then caught a ride down to Lone Pine with Doug three of the four times.

I am going to eat some more in Lone Pine, then either hitch-hike up to the Hot Springs just South of Bishop if I can't get a ride up to spend a night in the Tuolumne Meadows backpacker's camp.

Next time through the Whitney Portal I'm going to spend a night at Doug's Hostel specialized for long-distance backpackers down in Lone Pine.

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Trail Index: Reds Meadow to Vermilion Valley Resort

We will find there are more ways to hike the JMT than skin a cat. South of Reds Meadow we can follow the standard JMT to the VVR ferry at Lake Thomas Edison, or we can hike an alternative route down Fish Valley to the great beauties of Iva Bell Hot Springs.

Iva Bell Hot Springs are the Hilton Hotels of High Sierra Hot Springs. Its set up campsites climbing up the end of the Fish Valley to accompany the series of hot springs climbing the mountain are splendid.

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