Devils Postpile National Monument and Reds Meadow Valley have been closed indefinitely since a blowdown last fall felled tens of thousands of trees across a large swath of California's eastern Sierra, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
The powerful wind storm on Nov. 30 caused tree falls from Tioga Pass to Whitney Portal, damage that crews are still trying to clean up as the back country prepares to open for summer recreation, the Forest Service said in a statement.
The Inyo National Forest area near Mammoth Lakes, Calif., reports the storm damaged roads, picnic tables, campgrounds, bear boxes and toilets in the valley near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail were blocked by trees; other trails in the Mammoth Lakes Basin are affected as well.
Usually Devils Postpile visitors drive the steep road or buy a ticket for a shuttle that runs from the Mammoth Mountain ski resort to the trail head. From there trails lead to the spectacular 60-foot-high rock formation and Rainbow Falls.