15-minute wait

That is a picture of the stop light at Ferguson Ridge on Hwy 140 approaching El Portal. I love that rock fall. When California gets the money, it looks like they will just make the current 2 bridges bigger as the permanent solution – and hope no more rocks tumble down.

We drove to the park last week and I had never taken this shot. This point is the control for the one-way Bailey Bridges over the Merced River.  It is here that we get to take turns with the traffic going the other way. I have never had to wait more than 8-minutes either direction. The lightbox seems too basic to actually have a sensor to gauge the number of cars waiting. There are no wires to drive over. I think it’s just a simple timer. 8-minutes eastbound, 3 minutes of nobody as a buffer, then 8 minutes westbound.

Just beyond the light you can see the bottom of the rock fall. If you pull over and position yourself to be the last car through, you can actually lolly-gag and go real slow and take good photos of the rock fall. There are signs saying NO STOPPING. Makes sense as you could get caught with cars heading right at you. However, there are no signs saying you can’t park at the ends and hike way up (VERY steep) to get good photos from that vantage point. Giant chain link fences keep you from touching the rock fall. I posted those recently if you want to go back.

One of the funniest “gotcha” moments was 2 summers ago. I was patiently waiting for the light to change and a car came up from behind and went across the bridge – on RED. Yikes. 15 seconds later a CHP car passed me and went after him. The light changed no more than 2 minutes later and when I went over, the cop had him over to the side. YES! Gotcha!

Boy Scout support – I was never a scout, but support their program to get kids off the couch. For the 4th year, I’ll be giving Half Dome training at the Santa Clara Council Scouting University and POW WOW on Jan 21.  Then to Salinas on Jan 28 for those boys. Let me know if your troop would like a presentation.


Unrelated thought worth quoting:  “I bought a ’30 Ford wagon and we call it a woody.  You know it’s not very cherry, it’s an oldie but a goody. Well, it ain’t got a back seat or a rear window. But it still gets me where I wanna go. And we’re goin’ to Surf City, ’cause it’s two to one. You know we’re goin’ to Surf City, gonna have some fun . . . . Two girls for every boy.” – Jan & Dean

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com
One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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