Snow, yes, snow, is altering camping plans for some in the high elevations of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Many Eldorado National Forest campgrounds in north central California remain snow covered and will not be open for Memorial Weekend, Forest Service officials told The Record-Courier, Gardnerville, Nev.
“Forest roads and trails may also have wet conditions and the high elevation routes of the National Forest are still covered with snow and will not be passable until the snow melts, including Mormon Emigrant Trail,” says Duane Nelson, acting forest supervisor. “Although the seasonal road and trail closure has been lifted, many routes may still be muddy and should not be drive on. Persons damaging roadbeds may receive citations. ”
The forest is located in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains, west of Lake Tahoe.
Visitors planning to camp outside of developed campgrounds must park their vehicle on the side of a designated road or within a reasonable distance of the route so as not to block the roadway, create a safety hazard, or damage vegetation.
2010 campfire permits are required in order to use wood, charcoal or gas fires on national forest land outside of designated, developed campgrounds. Campfire permits can be obtained free-of-charge at any U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Forestry, or Bureau of Land Management office.
Wilderness permits are required year-round for overnight camping in both Desolation and Mokelumne Wilderness areas.
The wilderness areas and trails still have a large amount of snow and the streams are running at high volume, due to the snow melt. The Forest Service recommends that visitors do not attempt to cross swollen streams and that they use caution when traveling along the stream banks.