The combination of below-average snowfall this winter and recent high temperatures prompted the closure slightly earlier than the previously announced closure date of April 28, 2013. Caltrans announced that they planned on opening the Sonora Pass Highway 108 today, April 24, 2013. Long-time locals recall only one earlier opening date in recent history - April 20, year unknown.
Backcountry permits are available in advance by faxing a request form to the Bridgeport Ranger Station at 760-932-5899. The request form and more information about the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area are available online at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/htnf/winterrec.
Learn more about this release by contacting Adrianne Thatcher, 760-932-5812, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.