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30 Aug 2017

Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile Plan for Busy Labor Day

2018-01-31T10:49:37+00:00

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 high visitation this year. Here are some helpful tips for people planning to visit the Reds Meadow Valley and Devils Postpile over the Labor Day weekend.

The mandatory shuttle system manages the limited parking available as well as the high visitation along this narrow road into this special valley.

  • 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.

Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile Plan for Busy Labor Day2018-01-31T10:49:37+00:00
19 Jul 2017

Reds Meadow Shuttle Starts 7/21

2018-12-12T13:50:52+00:00

As of Friday, July 21st the Reds Meadow shuttle has commenced operation for the 2017 season .  The shuttle operates from 7:30am until 7:00pm, with the last departure from Reds Meadow Resort at 7:45pm, and will operate seven days/week through September 6th.  Further information click here, or call 760.924.3184.

Reds Meadow Shuttle Starts 7/212018-12-12T13:50:52+00:00
24 May 2017

Old Mammoth Limited Service Proposed to End 6-24

2018-06-21T11:56:55+00:00

Based upon very low ridership the past four months, Eastern Sierra Transit is proposing that this service be discontinued effective June 24, 2017.  Public comment regarding this proposed service modification will be accepted through June 9, 2017.  Comment can be submitted via U.S. mail to Eastern Sierra Transit, P.O. Box 1357, Bishop CA, 93515, via email to info@estransit.com, or delivered in person to ESTA’s office at 210 Commerce Drive in Mammoth Lakes.

Old Mammoth Limited Service Proposed to End 6-242018-06-21T11:56:55+00:00
1 May 2017

Bishop Creek Shuttle

2017-05-22T08:34:52+00:00

The Bishop Creek Shuttle is scheduled to commence service on June 17th and will operate 7 days/week through August 20th, then weekends through October 15th.  The Shuttle will depart Bishop at 8:00am and 3:15pm then will travel to South Lake and Lake Sabrina before returning to Bishop.  The Shuttle will stop for passengers along the route anywhere that it is safe for the bus to stop.  The one-way adult fare is $5.00 ($2.50 for seniors, youth, and disabled).  Click here for additional details.

Note:  Commencement of the Bishop Creek Shuttle is dependent upon opening of the road to South Lake and to Lake Sabrina.  Schedules are subject to change or cancellation.
Bishop Creek Shuttle2017-05-22T08:34:52+00:00
17 Apr 2017

Spring Service Changes – Mammoth Lakes

2017-05-31T13:48:17+00:00

Effective Monday, April 24th, the spring transit services changes will commence with the following modifications:

  • Red Line is discontinued for the season
  • The Town Trolley route will expand its hours to operate from 7:00am until 10:00pm on a 30-minute frequency
  • A Main Lodge Shuttle will commence operation providing 30-minute frequency service to Main Lodge. This shuttle will depart The Village stop #90 (bottom of the Westin steps) at :50 and :20 minutes past the hour beginning at 7:20am.  Last departure from the Village is 3:50pm, last departure from Main Lodge is 4:05pm.

Click on the route names above to view complete schedule information.

Spring Service Changes – Mammoth Lakes2017-05-31T13:48:17+00:00
17 Jan 2017

Limited Service to Resume to Old Mammoth

2018-06-21T11:56:55+00:00

The Old Mammoth Limited route will begin Monday, January 23rd  providing limited service to the Old Mammoth area Monday through Friday.   This new service is intended to address concerns raised by area residents and businesses following the cessation of the Gray Line service last month and is a pilot program service which will operate through the spring in order to gauge demand and ridership from the area.  The service will be focused on employees traveling to work in the Minaret Village Mall and Mammoth Hospital area; students; and persons wishing to transfer to other fixed routes including the Purple, Red, and Green Lines.  The new limited service will operate Monday through Friday and will provide three runs in the morning beginning at 7:13am; two afternoon return runs from the school area to Old Mammoth, and one evening return run from the Hospital and Minaret Village Mall area to Old Mammoth.  Click the following link to view the Old Mammoth Limited schedule.

Limited Service to Resume to Old Mammoth2018-06-21T11:56:55+00:00
29 Nov 2016

Gray Line Ends Dec. 16

2017-06-09T15:23:24+00:00

The Gray Line in Mammoth Lakes will cease operation after Friday, December 16, 2016.  The majority of the current Gray Line service area will be serviced by the Red Line, Green Line and by expansion of the Purple Line and the Town Trolley route.  Ridership on the Gray Line has been declining for several years and a decision was made to use the funding from the Gray Line to fund year-round expansion of the Town Trolley route in order to provide service to the Meridian Boulevard area between Old Mammoth Road and Juniper Springs Resort.  This Meridian Boulevard area was identified as a service gap in ESTA’s most recent Short Range Transit Plan.  Individuals who use the Gray Line to or from destinations out Old Mammoth Road beyond Aspen Village can contact Dial-A-Ride at 760.914.1315 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm for service into town.  Contact Eastern Sierra Transit at 760.924.3184 for additional information.

Gray Line Ends Dec. 162017-06-09T15:23:24+00:00
24 Oct 2016

Lone Pine Express Route Expansion & Fare Reduction

2018-06-21T11:56:57+00:00

Eastern Sierra Transit is making travel between Lone Pine and Bishop a little easier.  Starting Monday, October 31, 2016, there will an additional run on the Lone Pine Express route to accommodate those who wish to spend a half day in Bishop.  Three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) the bus will depart Lone Pine McDonalds at 11:45am. with stops in Independence  at 12:00pm, Big Pine at 12:35pm and arriving in Bishop at 12:55pm.

There are now four departure times from Lone Pine north to Bishop. The new departure times are:

North from Lone Pine – McDonalds
M- F M- F M, W, F Only M- F
6:15am 8:30am 11:45am 5:00pm

There are three departure times from Bishop south to Lone Pine Monday through Friday:

South from Bishop – Vons/Kmart
7:00am 1:15pm 6:30pm

Commuting with Eastern Sierra Transit is very economical with 50% off the 10-Punch pass.  The 10-Punch passes has one rate for all passengers including adults, seniors, youth and disabled. The new reduce pass price will go into effect October 31, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Lone Pine Express
10-Punch Pass Fare Reduction
Bishop to: Big Pine $17.00
  Aberdeen $26.00
  Independence $29.00
  Lone Pine $33.00
Big Pine to: Aberdeen $16.00
  Independence $20.00
  Lone Pine $26.00
Aberdeen to: Independence $16.00
  Lone Pine $23.00
Independence to: Lone Pine $16.00

The Lone Pine Express is a versatile route that accommodates many needs of the community including

  • Commuters from Bishop and Big Pine going to work in Independence.
  • South County resident coming to Bishop for work, shopping, medical and social activities for a full or half day
  • 6:15am bus from Lone Pine connects with 395 Route going to Reno
  • 11:45am bus connect to the Mammoth Express going to Mammoth
  • All busses have bike racks

The Expansion of the Lone Pine Express and the reduction of pass price have been made possible through an Inyo County Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) grant funding.

Lone Pine Express Route Expansion & Fare Reduction2018-06-21T11:56:57+00:00
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