September 17, 2013 |
Yosemite National Park officials reopened the east-west California 120 last weekend, though the Rim fire continues to burn and has kept the Tuolumne Grove of sequoias and some campgrounds closed. Travelers also should not enter any part of the burn area on foot. California 120 , also known as Tioga Road, reopened at noon last Saturday after having been closed between Crane Flat and White Wolf for firefighting activities. Yosemite National Park officials advise travelers not to stop along the fire perimeter on the road that links Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows and the east entrance to the park.
August 16, 1990 |
With the park's high country wildfires in retreat, Yosemite Valley will reopen to summer vacationers at noon Monday without unusual restrictions, Supt. Michael Finley announced Wednesday. The only east-west route through Yosemite, Tioga Road, will open Friday at noon. The road, part of California 120, is a vital motoring link across the Sierra Nevada for tourists and mountain residents. Campgrounds and services along the road will also reopen.
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June 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Yosemite National Park -- It's nearly summer, and swarms of cars, buses and RVs breeze through Yosemite Valley as if on conveyor belts of asphalt. But up here at 8,400 feet, along the snowbound solitude of Tioga Road, winter is still in control. Three members of a National Park Service avalanche control team move out from their camp near Olmsted Point. They are here to bend nature's timetable and help clear the highest automobile route across the Sierra. From a distance, they are ephemeral figures dwarfed by the eternal landscape — a steep, treeless mountainside loaded with tons of ice and snow just waiting for a trigger.
May 25, 2004 |
Tioga Road, the backdoor to Yosemite National Park that vanishes under snow each winter, is open again for travelers. The road, also known as California Highway 120, reopened on May 14, two weeks earlier than it did last year. It generally remains open through early November, depending on weather. Meanwhile, park service crews on Half Dome have strung cables that aid summer hikers on the steep final stretch of the trail to the top, 8,842 feet above sea level.
September 28, 2004
Six of us backpacked into the Mono Pass area of Yosemite under cloudless blue skies Sept. 17. That night we huddled sleepless in our tents while the first storm of the winter season nearly blew us away. We woke up to snow flurries and hiked out, abandoning our climb of Koip Peak. The next day the ranger said they received 2 inches of snow and closed Tioga Road (Hwy. 120) for the night from Tuolumne Meadows to Lee Vining. Beth Powis Glendale
June 7, 2005
Vernal Falls is one of many gushing flumes putting on a show in Yosemite this year. Flooding closed the valley last month, but all roads are open now. However, if you're hankering for the high country, you'll have to wait until Independence Day, when work crews hope to clear Tioga Road of trees, rocks and snow from winter storms. Other park roads are open, but hikers can expect backcountry trails blocked by snow and debris. For current conditions, call (209) 372-0200 or visit www.nps.