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It’s Tioga Pass flip-flop season … now it’s open

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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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 is temporarily closed

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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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.

Large boulders must be cleared from the roadway on Tioga Pass before the road can open again. Photo courtesy of our friends at the Tioga Pass entrance station.

Large boulders must be cleared from the roadway on Tioga Pass before the road can open again. Photo courtesy of our friends at the Tioga Pass entrance station.

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.

Sign up for the 36th annual Tioga Pass Run

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Jessica, Office Director
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While its claim to fame is “only one hill,” the Tioga Pass Run is one hefty task.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Fall colors along the road during the Tioga Pass Run. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

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…)

Lee Vining to Tuolumne Meadows: Let YARTS do the driving for you

Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Mono Lake Committee Staff
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This post was written by John Warneke, 2016 Information Center & Bookstore Assistant.

Heading to Tuolumne Meadows from Lee Vining this summer? Have you heard about YARTS?

YARTS-bus-cropped

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…)

Tioga Pass opening today at noon

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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News from Yosemite National Park: Tioga Pass (Highway 120) will open all the way through the park today at noon.

Mono Lake seen from the Yosemite high country. Photo courtesy of karlcbl via Instagram.

Mono Lake seen from the Yosemite high country. Photo courtesy of karlcbl via Instagram.

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…)

Lower gate on Highway 120 opens; Tioga Pass remains closed

Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Andrew, Digital Engagement Coordinator
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Near Tioga Pass, the snow is over six feet deep from the plowing operations. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

Near Tioga Pass, the snow is over six feet deep along the road. Photo by Andrew Youssef.

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…)

Update: Tioga Pass “lower gate” not opening Friday at noon

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Earlier this week, Caltrans had reported that it planned to open the lower gate on Tioga Pass Road tomorrow for fishing season opener, allowing easier access to the high country and freshwater lakes near Yosemite National Park’s eastern entrance. However, due to inclement weather predicted for the area, Caltrans will not be opening the lower gate tomorrow.

According to the press release, “Caltrans will reassess the weather and road conditions next week to determine if the highway is safe for the traveling public.” Keep checking back here on the Mono-logue for updates—we will report all Tioga Pass news that we get.

Tioga Pass “lower gate” scheduled to open Friday at noon

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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Update: The lower gate is NOT opening on Friday at noon.

The lower gate on Highway 120 west, Tioga Pass, is scheduled to be opened on Friday, April 29. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The lower gate on Highway 120 west, Tioga Pass, is scheduled to be opened on Friday, April 29. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Via press release from Caltrans:

“The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing the road to open State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite Park entrance gate. It is anticipated that the road will reopen from winter closure on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at noon, weather and safety permitting. Caltrans’ number one priority is safety for the traveling public and highway maintenance crews. State Route 120 west will remain closed at the Yosemite Park entrance.

“This partial opening is dependent upon favorable weather and verification that the highway is safe for users. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may not be able to open the highway as anticipated. Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 west.”

Tioga Pass closing Sunday, November 1 at 4:00pm, possibly for the season

Friday, October 30th, 2015 by Elin, Communications Coordinator
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As we enjoy the last rays of warm autumn sun ahead of a forecast winter storm, we got word from our friends at Yosemite National Park that Tioga Pass will be closing at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 1.

The pass has closed and opened a few times already this month as the weather has turned cooler and we’ve gotten some rain, but this time it’s likely that once the pass closes on Sunday it may remain closed for the rest of the winter season. Be sure to check road conditions before traveling to the Eastern Sierra, as other mountain passes may also begin to close.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The Sierra crest got its first dusting of snow this season last weekend. We hope it’s the first of much more to come. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Results are in for the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run

Friday, September 18th, 2015 by Jessica, Office Director
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The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

The 35th annual Tioga Pass Run took off in front of the Mono Lake Committee last Sunday. Photo by Bartshe Miller.

Last Sunday, September 13, 102 runners and walkers made their way up 12.4 miles of the grueling and scenic Tioga Pass, during the 35th annual Tioga Pass Run. They started in front of the Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining and finished at the entrance to Yosemite National Park, gaining 3,165 feet in elevation along the way.

Patrick Parsel of South Lake Tahoe won overall with the time of 1:29:43, close to ten minutes faster than the fastest time last year. Jessica Francois, Lee Vining local and former Mono Lake Committee staff member, was the first female finisher, beating (more…)

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