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Head-on Crash kills 5 on major Yosemite approach road

Highway 120 east of Groveland, CA was the scene of a major vehicle accident last night. A Mercedes SUV and a Nissan met with fatal results. 5 people were killed and 2 had major injuries. They were taken to hospitals.

2012 Mercedes SUV

2012 Mercedes SUV similar to the one in the Highway 120 crash

The CHP said one car was from San Jose, and the other from Merced.

One of the cars crossed the center line. Unknown which at this point. CHP says it occurred between the town of Groveland and Ferretti Road. Pine Mountain Lake is accessed from Ferretti Road. The highway was closed for 4 hours and traffic detoured via Ferretti Road. This road makes a long loop around Pine Moutnain lake – it has two entrances to Hwy 120.

Smith Station road is the closest “major” intersection. This is also known as the John Muir Highway – it heads to Coulterville along the route hiked by John Muir on his walk to the park in 1868.

This is one reason I do not like to hike at Yosemite then drive home to the Bay area after the same day. Especially after Half Dome. At dusk, when you …

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Grim news out of Yosemite: 2 dead hikers; 1 missing.

The body of Matthew Baldwin, 24, was found on September 6th near Tamarack Flat in the El Capitan Gully area. He had been missing August 24th.

The body of an unrelated hiker, James Michael Millet Jr., 39, was found Sept 1 near the Upper Yosemite Fall area.

Tim Nolan?

Have you seen Tim Nolan?

Missing is hiker Timothy Nolan, 36. He had a wilderness permit to backpack from Sept. 1-4. If you saw him on any of these trails: Happy Isles-Little Yosemite Valley-Sunrise Lakes-Tuolumne Meadows-Lyell Canyon-Rafferty Creek-Vogelsang-Merced Lake-Little Yosemite Valley-Happy Isles, CALL (209) 379-1992.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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BULLETIN – Hiker found dead at Yosemite


James Millett

James Millett

James Millett, 39, was hiking Upper Yosemite Falls 3 weeks ago. He was dead found today. Apparently fell down near the valley. No word if he was alone, but his car was found, implying solo.

An intense search was done.

No further details.

RIP,  Carpe Diem!
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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