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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Thu May 26, 2011 11:44 am

Last Update: May 25, 2011

Tioga Road: Crews are working near Olmsted Point.


That should be the hardest part.. Check out the pic on their site of TM. Those are the road signs on either side of what might eventually be a road. :D



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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Sat May 28, 2011 10:31 am

The Tioga Road is now open to bicycles from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek Bridge. Please watch out for debris on the road and road crew traffic. If conditions allow, we will extend the bicycle zone farther east prior to the opening.

Last Update: May 26, 2011

Tioga Road: Crews are working east from Olmsted Point. Mono County & Mammoth Mountain crews are working between Marmot Dome and Spring hill.
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:46 pm

Well, after a week.. They finally updated the page at: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm


The Tioga Road has been partly plowed for its entire length. Now, road crews are working to remove snow from the entire width of the road and plow turnouts and side roads. In addition, road crews will be removing rockslides and redirecting snowmelt across the road to reduce icy road conditions. Finally, Olmsted Point is still unsafe due to avalanche danger.
The Tioga Road is now open to bicycles from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek Bridge. Please watch out for debris on the road and road crew traffic. If conditions allow, we will extend the bicycle zone farther east prior to the opening.
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby oldranger » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:02 am

Based on the latest report my guess is that the road will be open for the weekend of June 18-19. However, only the gas station and maybe the wilderness office will be open. My guess is that Campgrounds and lodge/store will be open about July 1. I think there is real economic incentive to open the route for Mono County businesses, regardless limited opportunities in the park for the average visitor.

If I wasn't fully booked for June I'd be riding my bike to whitewolf this week, then post holing/skiing down to dirt on the way to Pate Valley. would expect snow down to at least where the trail begins to parallel Morrison Creek.

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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby fishmonger » Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:56 am

plows have met - kind of a railroad crosses the continent event:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... 1&comments


kinda deep in some areas:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... 5446168746
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Fri Jun 03, 2011 12:17 pm

got an email from the one of the web guys who updates the page. He said the page will probably not be updated again until they have an estimated opening date..

Not sure I'd want to be one of the first to have to get gas from that gas station.
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:20 am

Well, let's see! Still speculation. Did your "inside information ranger" say anything about parking? Will we be able to park at all trailhead parking spaces when it opens? Will the White Wolf road also be open?
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby maverick » Sat Jun 04, 2011 10:32 am

WD wrote "Will the White Wolf road also be open?"

White Wolf road opens later.
I have been to Pate from WW when Tioga was open, but the road was still gated
for several more weeks.
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:47 pm

for those that didn't see the meeting of the plows in fishmonger's facebook reference, I thought I'd grab it from the Yose page and repost it here.
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby BSquared » Sun Jun 05, 2011 6:43 am

Here's another view of the same event:
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby fishmonger » Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:31 am

and since you all can't get enough of the road clearning info - here's an LA Times article about it

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me ... 6961.story

with a nice video and lots of pictures
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Re: Tioga Pass opening date

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 09, 2011 1:26 pm

thanks for posting that. Dozer driver sounds like a fun, yet scary job, esp if you have to move 9' off the pack before the plows can get going. Now, we wait...
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