Tioga Pass (Highway 120 through Yosemite National Park) is now closed for the season, due to hazardous driving conditions and snow accumulation at higher elevations. The road will remain closed throughout the winter months until weather conditions permit reopening in the spring. Tioga Pass typically reopens sometime in May or June.
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“The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has closed the lower gate on State Route 120 West (Tioga Pass) to the Yosemite National Park entrance gate today, Tuesday, November 14th at 11:00 a.m. due to incoming inclement weather. This closure is in conjunction with the closure of the Yosemite National Park gate also closed at 11:00 a.m.
“The partial reopening of SR 120 West is dependent upon favorable weather. Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 West.”
Tioga Pass (Highway 120) will close tomorrow (Thursday, November 2) at 5:00pm due to an incoming winter storm. The closure will remain in effect through the weekend and road conditions will be assessed on Monday, November 6, 2017.
Tioga Road typically closes each fall and remains closed throughout the winter months. The road reopens when weather and road conditions permit in the spring. The average closing date for Tioga Road is November 3, so it is possible that the road could be closed for the season if the storm brings enough snow.
The Marina Fire continues to burn just north of Lee Vining in the steep slopes above Hwy 395 along Mono Lake. Fire crews, including air tankers and helicopters are fighting the fire and appear to be making good progress, though flames can still be seen on the southern edge of the burn. Residents of Lee Vining and Mono City received a reverse-911 call with a message that is it not necessary evacuate at this time, but to be prepared. Highway 395 is still officially closed, but Caltrans is escorting cars through the area when feasible. Businesses in Lee Vining are open.
This post was written by Julia Runcie, 2011 Mono Lake Intern.
According to National Park Service representatives, Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park will open this Saturday, June 18th, at 8:00am.
Due to an immense snowpack and a late, chilly spring, the road has remained closed far longer than normal, and thousands of visitors will be relieved to find their drive over the Sierra made shorter and the beautiful Tuolumne Meadows area open at last.
Please continue to check the latest road report from CalTrans, as conditions may change at any moment and we have no guarantee that the pass will actually open as planned.
For a look at the Tioga Pass opening and closing dates since 1933, check out this spreadsheet on the Mono Basin Clearinghouse.
Summer may finally be here!
The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating report on this year’s work to clear snow from the Tioga Pass road between Mono Lake and Yosemite, including photos and video. Check it out!
Los Angeles Times: Blasting winter away at Yosemite
Tioga Road (Hwy 120) closed between White Wolf and Crane Flat in Yosemite at 3:30 pm Monday due to smoke. Note that Caltrans had not updated its Website as of 5:30 pm–use the link below for the latest updates within the park.
Prior to this closure it was closed at the same location at night with controlled traffic (pilot car) during the day due to fire suppression operations in the area.
The nearest open route to Yosemite Valley from the Mono Basin is over Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) to Hwy 49 to Hwy 140. When Tioga Road was open, the detour around Big Oak Flat Road to Yosemite Valley via Hwy 49 took an additional 2-3 hours.
The Big Meadow fire started last week as a prescribed burn that quickly escaped controls. It threatened the communities of Foresta and El Portal and closed Big Oak Flat Road. The smoke was moving north until the weekend when it started spilling over into the Mono Basin–the worst of the smoke was on Sunday.