The upper San Joaquin River drainage, including Reds Meadow and Agnew Meadows, was hit hard by wind back in November. The Forest Service has estimated the number of trees blown down to be in the thousands. They were able to clear some trees before winter rolled in, but many remain in campgrounds and trailheads. Trails will be difficult to follow until the crews can clear them in the spring, so access to Banner, Ritter, and the Minarets may be affected.
Forest Service pics of the downed treeshttp://www.fs.usda.gov/photogallery/inyo/recreation/gallery/?cid=3635&position=Quicklinks
The Sheet News story http://thesheetnews.com/archives/12539