Sunrise light on a grove of tufa towers emerging from the water of Mono Lake with soft green and dusty-red wild grasses in the foreground, Canada geese in the shallow water with reflections of the rocky towers, and desert hills in the distance.

Tioga Pass update: plowing photos

As of Saturday, May 7, Caltrans had plowed as far as Tioga Lake, a little over a mile from the Yosemite National Park entrance at Tioga Pass. Highway 120 remained closed at the winter closure gate four miles from Highway 395. Even the cleared portion of the roadway still had areas that were narrow and need additional snow clearing. From the west, you can track the National Park crew’s progress here.

On Saturday May 7th, a small crew was working on widening the cleared area just above the green bridge. Note the waterfall on the left indicating that Ellery Lake is spilling. Photo by Greg Reis.
On Saturday May 7th, a small crew was working on widening the cleared area just above the green bridge. Note the waterfall on the left indicating that Ellery Lake is spilling.

The Saddlebag Lake Road intersection on May 7th. Photo by Greg Reis.
The Saddlebag Lake Road intersection on May 7.
Tioga Pass Resort is under there somewhere! May 7, 2011 photo by Greg Reis.
Tioga Pass Resort is under there somewhere!
Tioga Road just past Tioga Pass Resort. May 7, 2011 photo by Greg Reis.
Tioga Road just past Tioga Pass Resort.
The end of the plowed road at the Tioga Lake Reservoir Dam. May 7, 2011 photo by Greg Reis.
The end of the plowed road at the Tioga Lake Reservoir dam.
Yes, the road really is closed and covered in snow. May 7, 2011 photo at Tioga Lake by Greg Reis.
Yes, the road really is closed and covered in snow---and right after these photos were taken, even more snow fell all the way down to Lee Vining! Photos by Greg Reis.