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Busy Reds Meadow Labor Day Expected

Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile Plan for Busy Labor Day

 Visitors can take steps to avoid crowds and queues

The Inyo National Forest and the Devils Postpile National Monument anticipate a busy holiday weekend. Like many parks and forests, Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile are seeing increased visitation this year. The mandatory shuttle system manages the limited parking available as well as the high visitation along this narrow road into this special valley.  Here are some helpful tips for people planning to visit the Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile over the Labor Day weekend.

Pick up the shuttle from the Village at Mammoth or park at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and purchase your shuttle passes at the Main Lodge Gondola Building (Adventure Center).

  • The bus ride takes approximately 30-40 minutes each way. Most visitors should allow a half-day or even a full day to enjoy and explore Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls, and the lakes. Sturdy walking or hiking shoes, water, sun screen, snacks, and proper clothing layers are a must.
  • Labor Day weekend will be crowded with more difficult parking at the Main Lodge and longer queues and wait times at bus stops. To have a better visit, plan to come early in the morning and allow enough time in your day to visit these locations and plan waits at the stops into your schedule.
  • Sunday is typically the busiest day. Try to plan your trip for alternative days and times if you want to have a quieter experience. Alternatively, if your itinerary only allows travel on the weekend, particularly Sunday, plan on queues, pack your patience, and remember that you are in the magical Reds Meadow Valley.

Visitors can take some additional precautions for a safe and enjoyable experience. Although the day may be hot, the lake and river waters can be very cold and dangerous for swimming. Additionally, the trail to the viewpoint of Rainbow Falls remains open, but the trail to the base of falls is temporarily closed in order to complete needed trail work.

 

MAMMOTH EXPRESS MULTI-RIDE FARE REDUCTION

This past spring Eastern Sierra Transit and Mono County submitted a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant application for fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes on the Mammoth Express routes. ESTA learned in mid-June that the grant application had been awarded for the FY 2016/17 fare reduction project.

The (LCTOP) provides formula funding for approved operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

The approved LCTOP funds are to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by increasing use of public transportation by offering a significant fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes of ~50% on the Mammoth Express route.  The fare reduction on multi-ride 10-Punch passes would be available on all runs of the Mammoth Express route including: the north-bound 6:50am, 7:30am, 1:00pm and 6:10pm between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes; south-bound 7:50am, 2:05pm, 5:15pm and 7:00pm between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

The 10-Punch passes would have one rate for all passengers including adults, seniors, youth and disabled. The new fares will go into effect July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

 

MAMMOTH EXPRESS FARES

July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

One Way NEW 10-Punch
  Adult Disc 10-Punch
Bishop to: Millcreek $3.00 $2.50 $15.00
  Rovana $3.50 $3.00 $15.00
  Tom’s Place $4.00 $3.50 $18.00
  Crowley $4.50 $4.00 $20.00
  Mammoth $7.00 $6.00 $30.00
Millcreek to: Rovana $2.50 $2.00 $12.00
  Tom’s Place $2.75 $2.25 $13.00
  Crowley $3.00 $2.50 $14.00
  Mammoth $6.50 $5.50 $28.00
Rovana to: Tom’s Place $2.75 $2.25 $13.00
  Crowley $3.00 $2.50 $14.00
  Mammoth $6.50 $5.50 $28.00
Tom’s Place to: Crowley $2.00 $1.75 $9.00
  Mammoth $4.00 $3.50 $18.00
Crowley to: Mammoth $3.00 $2.50 $15.00

The multi-ride 10-punch passes can be purchase from the driver and will soon be available for purchase online at estransit.com.

June Board Meeting Rescheduled to June 29th

The regular meeting of the ESTA Board of Directors has been rescheduled to June 29, 2016 at 2:00pm at the Bishop City Council Chambers.