California State Route 203
|Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 503|
|Maintained by Caltrans|
|Length||8.67 mi (13.95 km)|
|Restrictions||Segment from the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area west to Minaret Summit closed in winter|
|West end||Minaret Summit|
|East end||US 395 near Mammoth Lakes|
State Route 203 is a state highway in the U.S. state of California that basically serves as a spur route from U.S. Route 395 in Mono County to the town of Mammoth Lakes and Minaret Summit. Within Mammoth Lakes, State Route 203 is known as both "Minaret Road" and "Main Street." It connects to Lake Mary and the Mammoth Scenic Loop via secondary roads.
The route's western terminus is at Minaret Summit, on the border of Mono County and Madera County approximately 7 miles northeast of Devils Postpile National Monument. It then heads east and intersects with Mammoth Scenic Loop Road, before entering the town of Mammoth Lakes, where it is known as both "Minaret Road" and "Main Street". It continues east to its eastern terminus at U.S. Route 395.
West of SR 203's western terminus, the road continues locally as "Postpile Road" or "Minaret Summit Rd" for 8.5 miles passing Devils Postpile National Monument and ending at Red's Meadow Resort and Pack Station. East of US-395, the road continues for 1.7 miles as "Old Hwy" connecting utility yards and rural residences to the route.
Minaret Summit receives significant snowfall during the winter. The road usually closes near the Main Lodge of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area before Thanksgiving and usually does not open much before Memorial Day.
Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary ( ). Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The entire route is in Mono County.
|||L0.00||Minaret Summit Road – Devils Postpile National Monument||West end of SR 203|
|||R3.80||Mammoth Scenic Loop Road to US 395|
|Mammoth Lakes||4.78||Lake Mary Road – Lake Mary|
|||R8.67||US 395 – Lee Vining, Bishop||Interchange; east end of SR 203|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
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