With 200% snowpack the bets were at a mid July opening. But the recent heat waves in California melted a LOT of snow. The crews have been busy. Beyond just getting the snow off the road, there were issues with potholes and other damage to the roadway that had to be fixed.
I’d still take it easy. Visitors form Lee Vining and points east – like Reno can now get in without going over Sonora or the other passes.
Once yo do get there, be prepared for a madhouse. The roads have been changed a bit and a traffic circle installed at ht 4-way stop by the Visitor Center. Hwy 140 had a giant rockfall and there might be issue down south.
Read about the businesses at Lee Vining – just east of the Tioga Gate.
The Big Trees at the Mariposa Grove will be closed until the Fall.
No updates on the stupid name changes. It;s been in litigation for over a year now. Dumb.
So there you go. You’re up to speed now.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We choose to go to the top of Half Dome. We choose to go this summer not because the hike is easy, but because it is hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” – Apologies to John Kennedy
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome