As everyone in California knows, it’s been a remarkable year for precipitation. At the highest elevations above Mono Lake in the vicinity of Tioga Pass, we may be facing a snowpack over 200% of average. April 1 snow surveys revealed nearby sites at all-time record snow depth and water content, while other sites, including Tioga Pass itself, fell just short of past record levels. Snow depth in the region likely moved upward with recent April storms, cold temperatures, and generally unsettled spring weather. (more…)
‘Tioga Pass watch’ Category
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed for a second time this fall due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and ice. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Overnight parking is currently not permitted anywhere between Tioga Pass and Crane Flat in Yosemite. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1 and the road can close at any time. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.
If you’re coming over Tioga Pass, be sure to stop by the Mono Lake Committee Information Center & Bookstore in Lee Vining to say hello and learn more about what’s happening at Mono Lake and start your holiday shopping—we have a great selection of gifts for everyone on your list. We hope to see you soon!
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has closed due to inclement weather. There is currently no estimated opening date.
Another storm is also moving through the area on Sunday and a winter weather advisory has been issued for Mono County from 11am to 11pm Sunday. Light rain and snow are expected Sunday morning, followed by more intense rain and snow in the afternoon and evening. Chain controls are possible above 7,000 feet in the Eastern Sierra, including on Highway 395 and SR 203 (in Mammoth Lakes). Use caution when driving and be sure to allow for plenty of extra time and check current road conditions and weather before your trip.
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) has reopened after it was closed last week due to snow and rockfall. Use caution and be sure to check current road conditions and weather before your trip. Last year, Tioga Pass closed for the season on November 1.
Also be vigilant for migrating deer on the road this time of year. A reminder that all campgrounds along the Tioga Road are currently closed (except for Lower Lee Vining Campground) as are all commercial and visitor services in Tuolumne Meadows.
Check out this video, courtesy of Caltrans, showing how explosives were used to help clear the road last week.
Tioga Pass closed last Saturday night in anticipation of the storm that hit this area over the weekend, and remains closed due to large boulders that fell onto the roadway during the storm.
Caltrans is working to remove the rocks and reopen the road as soon as possible, but for now it is closed at the lower gate, three miles west of Highway 395.
While its claim to fame is “only one hill,” the Tioga Pass Run is one hefty task.
Over 12.4 miles, runners and walkers ascend 3,164 feet from Lee Vining to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park. Along the way, Mt. Dana stands proudly over Lee Vining Canyon, holding what’s left of last winter’s snowpack in its couloirs. The meadows of Lee Vining Canyon are turning (more…)
Heading to Tuolumne Meadows from Lee Vining this summer? Have you heard about YARTS?
Providing public transit, YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) offers a great alternative during the busy summer months.
Park your car or RV, bring your bicycle along, and catch a comfortable, air-conditioned bus to your destination.
• Spend less time driving and more time enjoying the sights of Yosemite
• Avoid congestion and the hassle of searching for parking
• Save on the cost of gas and entrance fees
There are three spots where YARTS picks up in Lee Vining: (more…)
News from Yosemite National Park: Tioga Pass (Highway 120) will open all the way through the park today at noon.
This is good news for us Eastsiders who are eager to visit the Yosemite high country, and for folks on the west side who have been waiting to visit Mono Lake all winter. The spring weather is perfect these days—come on over!
See more information about hiking conditions, campgrounds, and services from the National Park Service press release below: (more…)
This morning, Caltrans opened the lower gate on Highway 120 up to Tioga Pass. Highway 120 is still closed, however, beyond Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park.
I excitedly made the trip up the road during my lunch break today for the first time since November and found considerable snow still on the ground above 9,000 feet (more…)