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Plowing in Sierra full bore – but access to Yosemite from east limited

If you are heading to Yosemite from the east in the next few weeks, you will have a hard time.  ALL the major passes are still closed. CalTrans is working to clear the record snows, but it may not be unitl mid-June or even July until the passes are open.

Tioga Pass is being worked, but you’ll probably need to get on I-80 and go thru Sacramento and down 99 to 120 and go east into the park. This is a L O N G trip. You will get to  meet a lot of your friends whilst waiting in long lines to get into the park. Remember that the Big Oak Flat Road is still gnarled and slow going.

Check out this YouTube on the plowing of passes.

truck plowing snow

Snowpack in the Sierra

Wheres the road?

Tioga Rd (Hwy 120) plowing plan.

Carpe Diem!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Gotta make a move to a town that’s right for me. Town to keep me movin’ – Keep me groovin’ with some energy. Well, I talk about it, talk about it, Talk about it….Talk about movin…Won’t you take me to Funkytown”  – Lipps, Inc.
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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B U L L E T I N – Half Dome cables “UP” target date now June 2


Target date for the Half Dome cables being up and ready for hikers is June 2.

If you had a permit for an earlier date – you will be refunded….but if you still want to go – you  have to apply for the 2-day mini-lottery.  Do it on May 31 – ask for June 2. My TIPS seminar applies to the mini-lottery as well. PM me on how to get it.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa. They’re coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa. To the funny farm,
where life is beautiful all the time and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men
in their clean white coats, and they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa” –

Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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As summer nears, Yosemite news is worth reading

Yesterday the park announced that they are raising the fees for the 2-day mini lottery for Half Dome permits.

Effective when cables get up. and the 2-day process kicks in. Target is  the end of May – but TBD due to snow).

50+ permits will be released daily. ONLY via lottery on

$10 to apply and $10 per person per permit. This increase is small – but smells like a bit of “bait and switch.” Reason given is increase in costs by vendor to administer. Didn’t the NPS negotiate that months ago? What’s your take?

Dollar by dollar, the increases over the years make it hard for lower income visitors. I recall when admission to the park was $5.00.  OK, decades ago, but $30 per car now is significant.

Check this out….a flood warning for a whole month!

Still being worked on. Watch for one-lane traffic and closures. LEAVE early or you will sit for a very long time.

More info on BOF road damage

Alexander Joseph Sevier, US Navy has been mission in the park since May 3.  He’s stationed at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. He’s 5’6″, 128 lbs. …

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