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Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Information on possible opening and closing dates for the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) through Yosemite National Park

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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Wigginns1 » Fri May 12, 2017 1:37 am

Cool project and nice work!
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Phil » Sun May 14, 2017 3:39 pm

As of Friday, they're pushing up on Porcupine Creek, having made 4.4 miles in 3 days with 8-10 ft of cover. No specific date set for opening, but, based on past dates with similar conditions, they're anticipating a late June- early July. More a point of curiosity than a case of planning, yet.
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Justin-T » Wed May 24, 2017 8:18 pm

The plows are close to Tenaya Lake, but will have to pause for a few days due to avalanche risk just beyond Olmsted Point. My Jun 14 prediction is looking optimistic... :shock:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Phil » Fri May 26, 2017 5:12 am

They were supposed to be blasting those slabs by Olmstead 2 weeks ago, according to earlier reports.
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Phil » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:57 pm

June 1st Tioga Rd plowing report: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Still probably about 15 miles to go to the Tioga Pass entry station. Tenaya Lake is at ~ 8200 ft and still largely frozen over from the photo. You can also see the west slope of Tenaya Peak up to ~ 9000 ft in the same photo...still lots of snow. So when the road opens, count on being able to drive it, but not necessarily hike without some postholing involved for quite some time yet. For some idea of how that's going to go, here's the link to wilderness conditions: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildcond.htm
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Justin-T » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:11 am

The Park crew met the Caltrans crew from Lee Vining and shook hands at Tioga Pass yesterday, so at least one milestone has been reached - there's an open lane for the work crews at least. Seems like it will be another week or two before its actually opened to regular traffic though.

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Wilderness conditions were also updated in the last couple of days, makes for some somber reading:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildcond.htm
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Re: Tioga Road opening date prediction...

Postby Vegasbackpacker » Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:58 pm

Just spoke with a ranger up there today. He is calling June 27th. I'm saying the 28th
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