Mt Whitney Zone
Posted By: jackeichler New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/02/20 11:42 PM
Some wilderness areas are reopening, including the northern part of the Golden Trout Wilderness and Hoover Wilderness (just in time for sub-freezing temps... smile

John Muir and Ansel Adams still closed.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/inyo/
Posted By: Ian B Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 01:23 AM
Perhaps you misread, the page title is "Inyo National Forest has reopened most of John Muir Wilderness, part of Ansel Adams Wilderness"

This means Whitney has reopened.

Please note that the wildfire risk in the region is still very high--Bishop has not had any measurable precipitation since April (three more days will be the longest ever dry spell). All fire sources, including camp stoves and backpacking stoves, are banned outside of developed recreation sites (read: campgrounds). Please be safe!
Posted By: dbd Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 03:01 AM
The meat of the Inyo page:

Emergency Fire Restrictions in effect.

Inyo National Forest has reopened most of John Muir Wilderness, part of Ansel Adams Wilderness

The John Muir Wilderness on the Inyo National Forest is reopening for day and overnight use, with the tiny segment north of Pumice Butte and west of Crystal Crag as the exception. Additionally, the northeast segment of the Ansel Adams Wilderness is reopening.

Closed under Forest Order 05-04-50-20-21:

The portion of the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area and John Muir Wilderness Area as shown on the map Exhibit A.
The Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile National Monument Closure Area, which includes all National Forest Lands within Madera County, except the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, as shown on the map Exhibit A. The most common destinations in the closure are Reds Meadow Valley and the Devils Postpile National Monument. The Reds Meadow Road is closed at Minaret Vista.

These closures remain in effect while the Creek Fire remains uncontained along its eastern flank near Lake Thomas Edison and north to the Junction Bluffs.

Additionally, the Sierra National Forest is closed. Therefore, the John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Sierra National Forest, including segments that are administered by the Inyo National Forest, remain closed.

Forest Closure 05-04-51-20-16 remains in effect and closes areas in the south west of the Golden Trout Wilderness due to the SQF Complex (Castle Fire).
Forest order 05-04-54-20-15 remains in effect and includes Navy Beach and the South Tufa Area (Beach Fire).

Wilderness permits will not be issued for areas where closures are in effect. As always, visitors should know before they go and safely plan their trips around areas that have closures, uncontained fires, active fire, and smoke in the area.

Fire Restrictions are in effect.

Propane and gas stove use are now permitted in developed recreation sites in National Forests in California. Developed recreation sites are defined as areas that have been improved or developed for recreation such as campgrounds and day use sites. These restrictions have been extended through November 6.

No fires, including camp stoves, are permitted in dispersed camping areas or in Wilderness areas that are open.

We continue to recommend that you recreate locally-


Dale B. Dalrymple
Posted By: MuffenMan Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 03:25 AM
So... Sounds like Langley is open as well but not the camping/parking at Horseshoe Meadows? Does anyone know if the upper gate is open or closed? Looking at doing a Veterans Day hike, weather and access permitting.
Posted By: Climber Joe Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 05:10 PM
So with no stoves allowed in winter, it is effectively still closed.
Posted By: Paul Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 05:57 PM
So, day hiking to New Army and Kearsarge Pass is now permissible?

I always get confused as to what ia what. That's why I always like it when Bob clarifies for me.

paul
Posted By: jackeichler Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/03/20 06:16 PM
Interesting. They must have updated the website further after I posted, as it stated only the northern part of the Golden Trout and Hoover Wilderness areas were open, in addtion to what was previously opened (e.g., White Moutains, etc.). Good to hear even more is open, though again, one must be willing/able to brave the winter conditions at this point... smile
Posted By: 1962 Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/07/20 08:50 PM
As of today stove use is allowed again!

Inyo NF News Release
Posted By: Climber Joe Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/07/20 08:55 PM
yes but you need a fire permit. are they automatically included in the backcountry permits? seems like a quintessentially unnecessary layer of bureaucracy...
Posted By: dbd Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/08/20 02:18 AM
Originally Posted by Climber Joe
yes but you need a fire permit. are they automatically included in the backcountry permits? seems like a quintessentially unnecessary layer of bureaucracy...

A campfire permit has always been required to have a fire in a national forest outside of developed sites. It has not been "automatically included". And it is "quintessentially unnecessary": just don't have a fire.

Dale B. Dalrymple
Posted By: bobpickering Re: New Wilderness Area Openings - 11/08/20 05:23 PM
You can get a free campfire permit HERE.
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