Whitney Portal Evac / Campgrounds Closed 6/24

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Re: Whitney Portal Evac / Campgrounds Closed 6/24

Post by Mocs123 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:32 am

I hope so as it would be easiest to get all the reports in the same place. My trip will go over Bishop Pass (which had a bad slide 10-12 years ago) then through Palisades Basin, JMT to 60 lakes basin, Center Basin, Junction Pass, Shepherd Pass, Russell- Carillon Col, Crabtree Pass, New Army Pass.

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Re: Whitney Portal Evac / Campgrounds Closed 6/24

Post by compeanja » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:16 am

I was at East Lake when the quake hit. Aside from a few small rockslide events on the nearby peaks, there wasn't anything major to see. Walking back over Kearsarge Pass a couple days later, I didn't notice any damage to the trail aside from maybe a few extra softball-sized rocks cluttering the trail in places. The trailhead was as busy as ever when I got to it, so I assume there are no closures there.

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Update 7/1

Post by maverick » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:32 am

Inyo Co Sheriff's Dept:
Whitney Portal Area Evaluated by Geologists, Southern area of Whitney Portal remains closed, Most Trails to Re-open

Whitney Portal, (above Lone Pine), CA, June 30, 2020 – The Whitney Portal emergency evacuation will be lifted on July 2, 2020.by 5:00 pm. The area was evacuated in response to the June 24 5.8 earthquake near Lone Pine, CA and subsequent rockslide at Whitney Portal.

US Forest Service Geologists determined that the southern area of Whitney Portal is still showing instability in the rockslide area and this area will remain closed. Rangers are working to secure this area from entry.

However, most of the Whitney Portal area including the Whitney Portal Road ,the Whitney Portal Parking Lots, Whitney Portal Cabins, the Mt. Whitney Trail, the Meysan Lake Trail, and the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek Trail (Mountaineering Route) will re-open. Permits for the Mt. Whitney Trail will begin being issued on July 3, 2020.

There is substantial damage to a section of the National Recreation Trail (that starts at Lone Pine Campground and ends in Whitney Portal) and the damaged segment of the trail is closed. Inyo National Forest Rangers will work on implementing a re-route around the damaged section of trail.

The Whitney Portal Campground will re-open. However, Whitney Portal Trailhead Campground will partially re-open. Some of these sites are closed either to damage or due to proximity to the rockfall area. The Whitney Portal Group Campground remains closed as well.

Additional geologic assessments will be completed at Whitney Portal. Visitors to the Whitney Portal area, and all the Inyo National Forest are reminded that there is always risk associated with the hiking and camping in the mountains and that they responsible for their own safety and need to be prepared and trained for the conditions these mountains bring.
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