NORTH FORK — Sierra National Forest (SNF) High Sierra Ranger District, due to the lack of winter weather and snow conditions, the Huntington Lake road which is normally scheduled to close December 1st, will remain open this year through December 15th. This will be the only extension of the closure for Huntington Lake Road. Regardless of weather and ground conditions, the road will be closed on December 15th.
As soon as snow conditions improve, the OSV Department will begin snow grooming operations. Snow grooming typically begins with Kaiser Pass to White Bark Vista, and Huntington Lake Road to Mushroom Rock. As snow fall increases and more opportunity exists, grooming will also extend to the Grouse Trail, Tamarack and Red Mountain Areas; Kaiser Pass to the Stump Springs Trail cutoff; and to the Mount Tom gate.
The OSV Department would like to remind winter recreationists to always practice Tread Lightly principle keep motorized reactional vehicles out of wilderness areas and off cross-country ski only designated trails. Be prepared and always check the weather before you venture out to the forest, let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Be prepared for unexpected changes in weather and conditions.
For information regarding SNF roads and recreational activities please contact the High Sierra Ranger District office in Prather, Calif. at 559-855-5355 ext.0, 3300 or 3301; the Bass Lake Ranger District in North Fork, Calif. at 559-877-2218 ext. 0; or the Forest Supervisors Office in Clovis, Calif. at 559-297-0706, or go online to www.fs.usda.gov/sierra.