NOTE: If you missed the Webinar we did on Half Dome permits, you can watch the replay at your leisure.
If you are planning to stay outside the park and begin your Half Dome hike via Highway 120 – you may want to leave a bit earlier. CALTRANS is hot on a retrofit project on Highway 120. The work will run many years and will be a pain for locals and Yosemite Visitors alike. There is a bridge east of Buck Meadows in need of repair. Buck Meadows is the small settlement that says “Welcome” on both sides of the sign. There is a motel complex and a few other businesses there. It lies a few miles east of Groveland.
Closer to the park, there is a structure known as the Big Oak Sidehill Viaduct bridge. $3.4 million is budgeted to replace the bridge decks to strengthen the structure. Also, work is going to be done on the Fork Tuolumne River bridge past Yosemite Lakes Road. During construction, one lane of the two-lane route will be closed, although traffic will be able to get through. Caltrans knows it will be a mess with normal summer flow being about 9,000 vehicles a normal flow in summer.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m not the only soul who’s accused of hit and run. Tire tracks all across your back, I can see you had your fun. But darlin’ can’t you see my signals turn from green to red and with you I can see a traffic jam straight up ahead.” – Jimi Hendrix Crosstown Traffic
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com