Sonora, CA– The Stanislaus National Forest says that many high country recreation sites and roads remain inaccessible and may not be available for recreation use this weekend.
Despite recent warm weather, much of the high country above 8,000 feet remains draped in snow. In addition, high and fast running creeks and rivers block access to some back country locations. Many popular areas may remain closed due to these conditions through July 4th.
The Eagle Meadow and Herring/Hammill Canyon areas on the Summit Ranger District are expected to remain closed through the holiday weekend. Popular trailheads such as Crabtree and Gianelli also remain inaccessible due to snow.
On the Calaveras Ranger District many popular recreation areas, including Lake Alpine and Union/Utica Reservoirs, remain closed due to snow conditions. The Spicer Reservoir Road has been plowed to Spicer Reservoir, but the area remains covered with snow.
Rivers and streams throughout the Forest are running swift, and at higher than normal levels, due to this year’s heavy spring snow pack. Visitors are asked to always exercise extra caution near watercourses.
The Forest will re-evaluate these areas continuously and open recreation sites and roads as they become free of snow and road conditions improve.