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Re: Gate Installed at the "Road Closed" sign
John Sims #35661 04/04/14 10:30 PM
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Maybe you could ride the cart on the way down...

Re: Gate Installed at the "Road Closed" sign
Steve C #35691 04/08/14 09:21 AM
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Doug from the Whitney Portal Store reports that the gate should be opened about April 20 this year. The Inyo County road crew is currently working on rock removal.

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Steve C #35692 04/08/14 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Looking at the online maps, the "Whitney Portal National Recreation Trail" is about 200 meters from that parking area. Here's a link to a gmap4 map of the area, showing the satellite view. If you click the "t4" map, you can see the trail marked.

http://www.mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?ll=36.594954,-118.204483&z=16&t=s

If you switch back and forth between "satellite" (aka Aerial Google Satellite) mode to the "t4" (aka Topo high USA), you can see how to find the trail from the parking lot. The parking lot is the gray area above and left of the crosshairs, and the NRT is below the crosshairs.

Great link to the satellite map, Steve.
I've hiked on the "National Trails" trail and looked across to the sandy parking lot... that green strip is Lone Pine Creek, with very steep and loose banks. Also the trail is in deep shade as it goes up canyon, so conditions are icy in winter.

Hiking up the road is much easier than attempting the bushwack.


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John Sims #35703 04/09/14 06:32 PM
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Anyone know when the road is expected to be open?

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Doug at the Whitney Portal Store says on or about April 20.

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Steve C #35741 04/10/14 09:56 AM
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How about the gate to Horseshow Meadows? Any idea on the anticipated unlocking?

I'd like an early entry down to the Kern River trench.

thanks

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Paul #35763 04/11/14 12:08 PM
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Paul and others:
I called the Inyo County road dept. office and talked to the receptionist. She reported that they plan to have both roads open by April 25. She told me they were working on them now.

Note that fishing season opens Apr. 26. There must be more fishermen in Inyo County than hikers. wink In the past, they have always made opening day for fishing as their target.

The April 25 date is later than the Apr 20 that Doug reported, so maybe we can find out closer to those dates what really will occur.

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Steve C #35766 04/11/14 03:22 PM
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I've also heard Apr 20 for Whitney Portal rd

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Dave Alden #35781 04/13/14 04:39 PM
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Thanks Steve.....my son will be mad since I walk his dog during the week....Sadly, my retirement duties. I am out of here as soon as the gate is opened. Last year it was a early June trip down to the Kern and around. Now, an early May trip!!!!!!

Paul

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Paul #35782 04/13/14 09:27 PM
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Paul, do you make it to Kern Hot Springs on any of those trips? I'd like to get there this summer.

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Steve C #35790 04/14/14 11:51 AM
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Steve, for the last couple years I have made the Kern River loop in June (and sometimes again in early October), and yes, I always stop at the Hot Springs.

From Horseshow Meadows I head over Trail Pass, through Mulkey Meadows, Tunnel and down Golden Trout Creek to the Kern. From there, Junction Meadow, up Wallace Creek, and back to Horseshoe either over Army Pass or New Army depending.....but I always take the Old South Fork Trail out.

paul

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Steve C #35861 04/17/14 03:44 PM
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I just received this word:

The county expects to open the gate on Whitney Portal Road Friday afternoon, April 18.

Horseshoe Meadows road will remain closed "possibly another week".

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Steve C #35892 04/18/14 06:28 PM
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Wonder if the parking lots are largely free of snow. Seems like they should be. I will be up there next weekend.

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