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Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7

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Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 02, 2012 11:08AM
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May 02, 2012 11:37AM
From the National Park Service:


Tioga Road to Open in Yosemite National Park (2012)

Date: May 2, 2012

Visitors urged to take safety precautions while traveling on road

Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher announced today that the Tioga Road will open for the season on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. for all vehicle traffic. The Tioga Road, bounded on both sides by State Highway 120, is the popular east-west crossing of the Sierra Nevada. Vault toilets are available in several locations along the road. However, due to damage sustained to two transmission lines, the Tuolumne Meadows area will be without electrical power and visitor services until repairs can be made.

Due to a light snowpack this past winter (approximately 50% of normal), the Tioga Road was able to be cleared of snow early into the summer season. Snow and icy conditions may still exist on hiking trails at the higher elevations. Visitors are urged to be prepared for snowy conditions and possible treacherous stream crossings while hiking the backcountry.

All campgrounds along the Tioga Road are closed. All commercial services, including the gas station, store, and village grill, are also closed. There are no anticipated opening dates for any of these facilities at this time.


avatar Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 02, 2012 11:56AM
An extra Daily Report showed up in my mailbox:

We are excited to announce that Tioga Road has opened this morning at 7:00 a.m. for all administrative traffic and is scheduled to open to our visiting public at 12:00 noon on May 7th. This has been one of our earliest road openings for the Tioga Road and probably the shortest winter road closure in the history of the park. Please drive safely as there are numerous vehicles performing critical road repairs throughout the corridor. The opening of the road is wonderful news. Unfortunately, the park staff will only be able to provide limited services along Tioga Road because of the loss of commercial power. Southern California Edison is in the process of locating and repairing two transmission line sites in Lee Vining Canyon. Once they provide reliable power, the park will be able to support our staff and visitors with traditional services. (E. Walls)
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 05, 2012 09:52AM
Great news! Is there a traffic report/webpage that reports if it is indeed opened?
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May 05, 2012 02:23PM
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lizzy79
Great news! Is there a traffic report/webpage that reports if it is indeed opened?

http://yosemitenews.info/highway-status/
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 05, 2012 05:00PM
Do you personally update these eek?
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May 05, 2012 05:54PM
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DanPJ
Do you personally update these eek?

They're scraped from several Caltrans pages.
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 02, 2012 06:21PM
Hooray!

Run-off season is gonna end earlier than usual too. Gotta get to ones off Tioga before June.
avatar Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 03, 2012 10:25PM
Is there ice skating on Tenaya Lake?
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 04, 2012 07:18AM
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Paris92
Is there ice skating on Tenaya Lake?
I am guessing it is covered with snow, so I doubt it. And if not, then it is most likely too thin. Ice skating on Tenaya was a once in a lifetime event this year.
avatar Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 05, 2012 11:38AM
Missed it by one week. I was in the park the week after the road closed. Rats.
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 05, 2012 12:56PM
You have all summer to go back :-).
Re: Tioga Pass to Open on Monday May 7
May 05, 2012 01:58PM
Over a month ahead of least year!
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