Rocks tumbling down near Yosemite

One of the neater rock slides near Yosemite is the Hwy 140 Ferguson Ridge mess. It’s about 8 miles south of El Portal and just a tad south of the confluence of the main Merced and the North Fork of the Merced. In April 2006, too much water and unstable earth led to the mountain giving way. It’s not moved much, but check my pix.  It’s pretty well fenced off now, but earlier I went right up to it (dumb) and gawked up.

The artery from Mariposa to the park was closed for part of the year. Today travel is only possible via one-way Bailey Bridges that takes traffic across the Merced and onto the remnants of the old Yosemite Railroad trackbed then back a quarter mile later. It’s a CalTRANS headache with no firm timetable for a fix.  California is broke, you know.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When you’re weary, feelin’ small. When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all. I’m on your side, oh, when times get rough, and friends just can’t be found, like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.” – Paul Simon

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –
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  1. Maureen L says:

    Ferguson Rock Slide was spring 2006!

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      Dang – You are good proof reader – YES April 2006…duh…..I updated the post for posterity.

      I love staring up at it. We’ll see it again Wed as we drive up to Bracebridge. I’m meeting with Wilderness so will try to pry out any more info on the cables. Gee we only have 6 months to go!!!

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