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Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:37 pm
GGC23 wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:50 am
To Daisy's and Kyle's question above, I live in Bishop and can't think off the top of my head where you could legally leave a car for 10-20 days while also being in close proximity to an ESTA shuttle stop. There are endless roads just outside of town where you could probably park undisturbed for months, but then you have no way to get to the ESTA stop. You might be ok parking in the Vons/Kmart lot, particularly now that Kmart is closed, but that lot is clearly signed as no overnight parking. Personally, I wouldn't want to chance it. If you contact the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, they might be able to steer you in the right direction and/or convince a business that owns a parking lot in the area to make a tidy profit this summer by offering long term parking for a fee, like they do in Lone Pine for JMT hikers because of the parking restrictions at Whitney Portal.
DO NOT park overnight in the Vons/Kmart lot :drinkers:

Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:56 pm
by bobby49
Just south of the White Mountain Ranger Station, there is a small city park. As I recall, there are some parking places in the back of that, away from the street. It might be worth an inquiry.

I know that my car was parked there unattended for about six days, but that was thirty years ago.

June Update

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 11:55 am
by maverick

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Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:58 pm
by JMTin5sections
Can anyone report on current parking conditions at Bishop Pass Trailhead? What is the impact of the road construction? 50% reduction in available parking spacer? 75%? I know it is recommended to park in Bishop and take the shuttle, but wanted to judge likelihood of actually parking at the trail head. Thanks

Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:00 am
by notis
SNOOOOW wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 3:36 pm
Wandering Daisy wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:41 am
Where do you park your car in Bishop if you take the shuttle for a longer trip, such as 10-20 days, without getting your car hauled away or ticketed?
There is a parking lot on Church Street Between Fowler and Warren Street in Bishop, just north of the Police Station. You can leave your car there for extended periods just make sure to stop into the Police Station and leave them your description.
Just want to reiterate that I've also had good experience with this. I did a SHR section last year from Mammoth to North Lake and needed to leave my car in Bishop. We parked at the police lot mentioned above. I called ahead (NON-EMERGENCY and gave them my info since we'd be arriving outside of normal business hours. Dropped the car and walked to the KMart bus stop.

Before finding this solution--I don't see why you wouldn't do it, however--I found a couple places that were willing to host your car for a fee, such as Bob's Towing.

Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:20 pm
by tomba
We got to the overnight parking last Saturday 6/13 at about 9am. The parking was perhaps half full. We didn't notice any reduction in parking spaces.

There is no road work on weekends. On weekdays there is one way traffic stretch that takes about 20 minutes to traverse. That would make max delay of twice that - 40 minutes.

Re: South lake road closure 2020

Posted: Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:25 pm
by notis
Per an email from, the South Lake lot will be closed starting Monday, July 6th. Confirmed with rangers. Bummer it wasn't the two week notice as promised, but it comes from the construction company, not the forest. Inyo is still working on a parking situation somewhere along the road--they say likely past Parcher's about 3-4 miles down the road from the South Lake lot. Said parking will include some type of dirt lot, with the recommendation to take a couple of old mining roads or stock trails as much as possible to avoid the dangers of some of the road walk. Bishop Creek Shuttle is running. Not sure for how long the South Lake lot will be closed.

Overnight Parking Restrictions Starting 7/6

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:28 am
by maverick
Inyo NF: