30. July 2014


Yosemite Fire now 34% contained.

Fire suppression helicopter dropping water on the El Portal Fire

Fire suppression helicopter dropping water on the El Portal Fire

Fire in the El Portal area ((just outside the Hwy 140 – Arch Rock Gate) and in the Foresta area of the park continues to burn. 2 structures have been lost in Foresta.  The fire is currently 3,545 acres.

Evacuations remain in effect for Foresta. The evacuation order for Old El Portal has been removed. Resources: 864 Fire Personnel, 7 helicopters and an aircraft.

Call for updated information on road conditions . . . 209-372-0200.

Get fire updates HERE.


1. The Big Oak Flat Road is now OPEN between Entrance to the junction of Highway 140.

2. The Tioga Road is open to Crane Flat.

3. Crane Flat, Bridalveil and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are closed.

Plan on accessing the Tuolumne area from the west via Hwy 108, through Sonora and over the mountains via Sonora Pass then into the park at the Tioga pass entrance. This will be a LONG route, but you will get in.

I ran into the same problem in 2007 then the out-of-control prescribed burn of 6,000++ acres burned and closed the roads to the north. We were doing a High Sierra Camps trek.…

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27. July 2014


Tissiack – Matron of Yosemite’s Half Dome

I recently found this neat image of Tissiak.

Tissiak - Indian name for Half Dome

Tissiak – Indian name for Half Dome

She was the Indian who drank Mirror Lake dry. Her husband got pretty mad and began to beat her. The spirits were upset and turned him into North Dome and her into South Done (Half Dome’s original name). Her cameo face is seen on the face of the rock.

RSmithIllustration (Rachel Smith ) is the artist. It sells for $200. She says: “It is painted on a 1/2 in thick slice of tree trunk, it has bark surrounding the edge. A clear coat of varnish protects the painting. It is ready to hang in your home, and makes a great conversation starter or gift.”

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” – Ansel Adams

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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27. July 2014


B U L L E T I N – Fire at Yosemite | Highway 120 closed – no entry


A major fire is burning in the area of El Portal and adjoining Foresta. The park has facilities near there. Evacuations are in effect in these communities. Foresta is an old pre-National Park settlement with rental cabins. They are that is visible near the Big Meadow.

Crane Flat, Bridal Veil and Yosemite creek campgrounds have also been evacuated. 2,000 acres have been burned. Fire crews have responded. It is 0% contained.

The Old Big Oak Flat Road (Highway120) is closed from Crane Flat to the Merced. Hwys 140 and 41 remain as entrances to the park.  Visitors from the west (Groveland) should be aware and modify their plans accordingly.…

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