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#33726 - 10/10/13 03:23 PM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: ndputnam]
WhiteLight Offline


Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 3
Loc: SoCal
I called Inyo County Roads department yesterday and they said that Whitney Portal rd is a County road, so it should be open. I have permits for the 21st but was thinking of just going up this weekend in case the road gets shut down sooner or later. On the other hand, I wouldn't want to get a ticket or something, I've heard they can be exorbitant.

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#33776 - 10/14/13 10:12 AM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: WhiteLight]
Brad Offline


Registered: 10/14/13
Posts: 14
Loc: San Diego
I went up on the 11th. All the roads are open. We camped out at the closed Horseshoe Meadows Campgrounds http://www.hikespeak.com/campgrounds/horseshoe-meadow-campgrounds-golden-trout-wilderness/ the first night in order to acclimate, we had the whole place to ourselves and the bathrooms where not locked ( although they were getting full) Even though our permit ( that we couldn't get ) wasn't until Sunday we went up on Saturday, the parking lot at the top is wide open, plenty of people there, a lot of people going for little day hikes, but we meet a lot of people coming down from the top as we went up and they told us how bad the conditions were at the top, most people turned back around 13,000 feet or so, saying the snow drifts were knee to hip high and made it very difficult to navigate the trail. After camping the night at Trail Camp ( it felt like sleeping through a hurricane) we decided to cut our trip there and head back down into Lone Pine for burgers and beer. We got there just in time to sit and relax with our food and watch the Wild West Show and Parade I think they where having for the annual film festival.


Edited by Brad (10/14/13 04:16 PM)

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#33779 - 10/14/13 10:59 AM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: Brad]
TKE Offline


Registered: 10/08/13
Posts: 14
Loc: Cardiff, California
Thanks so much for the trip report. Very helpful! Tannika

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#33787 - 10/14/13 08:58 PM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: Brad]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
That is a beautiful shot. Talk about pure gold. You caught a moment.

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#33789 - 10/14/13 09:41 PM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: Akichow]
Brad Offline


Registered: 10/14/13
Posts: 14
Loc: San Diego
Thanks

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#33811 - 10/17/13 11:35 AM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: Brad]
ndputnam Offline


Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Hermosa Beach, CA
Government is now open!! Going up tonight but have been unable to get any information about the ranger stations/permits. Anyone hear anything regarding this? I would assume they will reopen but who knows!

Thanks!

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#33812 - 10/17/13 11:55 AM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: ndputnam]
WhiteLight Offline


Registered: 10/09/13
Posts: 3
Loc: SoCal
Wow sweet, my permit is for Monday!

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#33813 - 10/17/13 12:36 PM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: WhiteLight]
Connor Offline


Registered: 05/09/12
Posts: 18
Loc: California (CA)
Just called Inyo. They said that the Eastern Sierra Interagency Office building will be open tomorrow.

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#33815 - 10/17/13 01:39 PM Re: Is permit office open if government is "shutdown" ? [Re: Connor]
ndputnam Offline


Registered: 10/10/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Hermosa Beach, CA
Thanks for the Info!! This is great news.

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