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Tioga Road, the federal name for Highway 120 inside Yosemite National Park, will be open to all vehicles at 9 a.m. Monday for the first time since the Park Service closed the road for winter Nov. 14.

The popular paved route opens up access from Tuolumne County to places like Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows and the unrestrained headwaters of the Upper Tuolumne River before they are dammed at Hetch Hetchy.

The opening of Tioga Road also opens access to 9,945-foot Tioga Pass, the highest paved crossing over the Sierra Nevada range, which enables motorists from Sonora, Jamestown, Chinese Camp, Moccasin and Groveland to drive direct on Highway 120 to the Eastside Sierra, Lee Vining and U.S. 395.

Park communications staff today say there are no anticipated opening dates for the Tuolumne Meadows store, post office and grill, or for the visitors center at Tuolumne Meadows. There is gas available at Crane Flat. The next available gas going eastbound is at Lee Vining in Mono County.

In addition, all campgrounds accessed from Tioga Road remain closed.

Park communications staff advise motorists to proceed with caution and be aware of possible hazards on Tioga Road, including rocks, debris and water. Spring and summer storms can bring snow and ice to the road, prompting temporary closures. Tioga Road can also be temporarily closed for rockfall and other unsafe conditions at any time.

Tioga Road is a seasonal road only, and it’s usually open late spring to early fall each year.


Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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