Kaiser Pass Road opened Friday afternoon to Mono Hot Springs and Edison Lake — a remarkably early opening made possible by the incredibly dry winter.
The branch to Florence Lake will remain closed about a week due to road repairs.
Kaiser Pass Road opened last year on May 20. The gate was unlocked May 15, 2013 and May 11, 2012.
It was closed long after Memorial Day weekend in 2011, when heavy, late snows kept some campgrounds in the area closed until Aug. 1.