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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:21 pm

Dont get your hopes up for an eraly road opening. I dont think Caltrans goes into the park unless its a heavy snow year which this year it is not. Most of the time they just plow a little ways past the gate to the first pullout (Gaylor Lake) trailhead. From what I understand....its all up to the park service from here on out unless, Caltrans got permission to keep going.

Get me a flag......and next year......you will see HST flyn on the cam.



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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby ERIC » Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:16 pm

Find me a cheap place to have one made. Not terribly excited by high probability it'll be taken down and become someone else's property after only one season. :\
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby hikerduane » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:06 pm

Hey Eric, a trophy, one of a kind, be sure to let me know when it goes up.:)
Piece of cake.
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby copeg » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:41 pm

Here's another volunteering to hoist it up there...although, last time someone placed something in front of a yosemite webcam it shut down for quite a while, perhaps by the park service (someone placed something that looked like 'chewbacca' in front of the Sentinel Dome cam :rolleyes: :D )
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby rlown » Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:44 pm

seems like this group should have a flag anyway. Just wondering if the NPS would mind us using their flagpole.
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby copeg » Fri Apr 24, 2009 8:40 am

NPS has updated their plowing webpage: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm
Tioga Road Plowing Update for April 21:

Start: 7 miles from Crane Flat
End: 11.7 miles from Crane Flat (8,000 foot marker)
Miles plowed today: 4.7 miles
Average snow depth: 4.5 feet
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby maverick » Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:44 am

Now they haven't updated since the 21st and there has not been any bad weather
so who is volunteering to go up there to check out the true status of plowing?
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby oldranger » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:33 am

Latest update indicates road plowed to Yosemite Creek. Now the dangerous stuff starts. 3 feet of snow at 8,000 feet. Looks good for Memorial Day and my post Memorial Day trip to start from White Wolf. :)

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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:08 am

Ah yes I see they have finally updated thanks OR.
Where is your destination out of White Wolf OR, not GCT is it? If yes, I am also going
there but next week for 5 nights, I'll be starting from the Hetchy Ranger Station going
thru Smith Meadow, I will spend the first night at Waterwheel.
I am planning to get some moon light shots of Waterwheel and LeConte Falls, go to
Wildcat Point/Matte Lake, and also see if I can hike thru the Gorge.
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby oldranger » Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:10 pm

Maverick,

Planning on checking out the fishing in the lakes near Pleasant Valley maybe even a day hike up Piute creek to the lower end of Benson.

If if warms up your trip up the gorge could be more than a little bit interesting. One of my all time best sunsets occurred on the West Rim of Mattie looking across the canyon toward Falls Ridge, Tuolumne, Grand, and Colby after 2 days of thunderstorms. If you had been there you'd have had a memorable photo. I think I have some shots from my Olympus XA somewhere.

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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:16 pm

I have been to Matte, and the ridge that your referring to several years ago, but the
weather was clear, and unfortunately not nearly as dramatic as the one your describing.
I'm wishing for thunderstorms during the afternoons, and clearing by evenings
so I'll have the light(sun and moon) that I need for the photo's that I have envisioned.
The Tuolumne should be booming as well as the tributaries, which should make for some
great water photo's.
Tuolumne Peak is also in the plans, but if things are as great as I'm hoping than I'll
have more than enough to keep me busy in the Canyon.
Saddle Horse and Irwin Bright Lakes are all well worth visiting from Pleasant Valley
even more so than Benson with it's beach.
Heading down from Pleasant Valley following Piute Creek to the 2 falls is a worth while
endeavor, and quite pretty especially in the early season when the falls will be booming
and they will be at there best!
If you plan to visit them then leave the trail coming out of Pate Valley before the
trail starts up the switch backs and follow Piute Creek, staying on the eastern side
all the way up to Pleasant Valley, it will be one of the highlights of your trip.
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Re: Tioga Road plowing started?

Postby rlown » Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:47 pm

Mattie was fun twice, esp with Wildcat in the full moon. That ridge to the west is breathtaking. Maverick, if you do go there, let me know if there's still fish. The biggest at Mattie were up to 14". I know they removed all trout from Upper Mattie and the surrounding cold mountain complex.

I'm guessing you'd go up above California falls on the slick rock. What i now call the "young man's" path. If Upper Mattie still had fish, that's my favorite route.
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