As you enter the Arch Rate Gate via Highway 140 (out of mariposa), be aware that just a few miles into the park the turnouts on the road are now off-limits. I’m assuming this may include the potty area on the right – at the big parking lot. Read the signage.
The problem is that the recent Dog Rock fire loosened up the rocks and down they come. Most of us blow off signs that say: “Watch for Falling Rocks.” This time they are real. You will know you are approaching the hazard area when you can see a huge white granite formation on your left.
Up there somewhere is where the 1874 Coulterville Road led into the par. Highway 140 was not there (it opened in 1926). So the road was built catch-as-catch-can. I know it linked further north with the raod that runs up the Merced Grove. My GPS picked up the Road!
So, you are hereby advised not to stop along the roadway in those sections. It will get worst as the soil get wet. If you see a rockfall, tell anyone with authority at the park.
Leave the boulders lay…there may be more crashing down. Beat feet and get out of the area. Only traffic management or law enforcement is allowed to clear rocks from the roads.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “On the road again. Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is makin’ music with my friends and I can’t wait to get on the road again.” – Willie Nelson
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com