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Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:34 pm
by markskor
Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) will open to unrestricted vehicular traffic on Monday, July 1, at 8:00 am!
Drive cautiously, watching for water, debris, and wildlife along the road. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1,1) to check current road conditions.

Visitor Services such as general park information and restrooms will be available beginning Monday. Other visitor services, such as campgrounds, lodging, and the store and grill, are currently unavailable and will be opened incrementally throughout the month of July.

Many of the hiking trails at higher elevations remain wet and/or snowy: please remain on trails, even if they have standing water, in order to avoid creating new trails.

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:19 pm
by Wandering Daisy
Is overnight parking allowed? Where- any restrictions? Can you park overnight at Olmstead Point? Or only trailhead parking.

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:35 pm
by markskor
Wandering Daisy wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:19 pm
Is overnight parking allowed? Where - any restrictions? Can you park overnight at Olmstead Point? Or only trailhead parking.
All is open Monday, business as usual...Store (7/12) and Lodge (7/19) not open yet - soon though.
Not sure about Olmsted Point - did they ever allowed overnight parking there?
Regular parking rules as in previous years...park anywhere where safe (unless posted) on 120...but get all 4 wheels beyond the white line.
mark

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:36 pm
by bobby49
markskor wrote:
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:35 pm
Not sure about Olmsted Point - did they ever allowed overnight parking there?
NO!

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:17 am
by Wandering Daisy
Yes, I thought there was no overnight parking at Olmsted.

A word of warning about first day of opening. Two years ago I was headed for the Lukens Lake TH on the opening day, and the actual opening was delayed 1.5 hours. We all sat in a line at the gate. Maybe that was a fluke, maybe not, but it would be wise to plan for a short delay if you get there exactly at 8AM.

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:57 pm
by markskor
Wanted to see how things are Tuolumne for myself, so...
Took the 8:17 YARTS from Mammoth to TM yesterday...Observations (In no particular order):
Great driver - Roger, (and his first grade son - Justin) will handle most of this route this season...Say Hi...blow his mind!
Only 4 passengers...still $7 (senior price) one way. (cheaper than I could drive it!)
They were still putting the canvas roof back up on the store this morning...Was told finished by tomorrow. Ice machine is shakey but what else is new? Meadows are dry and very green.
TM main campground gate was still locked...nobody knew exact opening date...yet.
Stayed TM backpacker camp...water is turned on but the toilets are locked? Closest Porta Potty is at the stone building - camp reservation/ski hut parking lot.
Amazingly, some nice lady (with an official 2-way radio) came around this morning (woke me up) and asked to see my wilderness permit in order to stay in the TM backpack camp. I have never seen this - ever - probably stayed hundreds of nights there. There were maybe 20 other campers there too...no problems, looked clean too. No yellow self-pay envelopes in the box yet.
Lots of PCT coming through now.
Our employee tents behind the store
my tent.jpg
and those at the lodge are ready...good thing too as we report for work (somebody has to set up the store) Monday at 8:00 AM. I'm moving up Saturday. Store slated to open July 12th-ish (13th?)...Lodge/shuttle bus/hiker bus slated for the 19th.
As we have no extra dedicated phone lines, there is no ATM at the store...Cash or Plastic work...we do not give out any cash. Same thing for selling fishing licenses too - no dedicated phone lines, so no license sales up there.
The local TM hiker bus will be operational this year. I talked with Helen (our TM boss lady) and she did not know if they were charging a fee (she hoped not) or free as before...stay Aramark tuned.
I was going to go TM down to the Valley this morning (as it was a free YARTS day)...but met a few friends that just drove up, who told me it was a 4th of July chit-show down there. Some good news though - was told that Aramark is now operating 13 Valley shuttle buses this season...better than the 8 last year.

Stop by the store and say hi.
mark

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:26 pm
by gary c.
Mark, about time that you got your summer started. :)

Re: Best guess for Tioga Pass opening?

Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:19 pm
by markskor
Quick trip back to Mammoth Lakes...just to pick up some framed art to hang.
Anyway, the store opened Friday, same as the campground. Lodge still a few days away (July 19th) as well as the promised local shuttle. YARTS is running, but the Hiker bus (Valley to TM) not yet either, and also slated for the 19th.
Temps at night tickling freezing and daytime temps a perfect mid 70's. Bluebird skies...little bit of wind... the mosquitoes not bad until sunset, and then horrendous.
No phone service yet, not even Verizon...no newspapers either...bliss!
mark