Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

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Tioga Road Open to Yosemite Gate (From 395)

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Contrary to recent reports, Tioga Road is indeed open all the way up to the pass, if approaching from the east. Hallelujah!

This morning as I was packing for a trip up Mt. Dana (a classic in the area), I was accosted by this report over at UnofficialNetworks:

Just as it’s really started to finally feel like spring in the Sierra, with a historic snowpack, and Tioga Pass being cleared up to the top where the backcountry skiing is about as good as it gets, the pass has shut back down again. However, this time it’s not due to a late season snow storm. Word is there was a huge rockfall event this week, the road is damaged, and it could take up to 2 weeks to repair.

Dejected and depressed, I started making alternate plans. But don’t believe everythign you read folks! I just spoke to the Forest Service, and there was indeed a rock slide that took out the road, but as of today, it has been cleared up. So 120 (Tioga Road) is open from 395 all the way up to the pass.

That means if you’re aiming to hit Mt. Dana, False White, North Peak, or any of the other amazing ski descents in the area, you’re good to go! Go get it.

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Walking CA 120 over at Tioga Pass after skiing Mt. dana.