Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
Search & Rescue News: Two Helicopter Evacuations
August 20, 2013
Last week Yosemite Search and Rescue (YOSAR) conducted two separate helicopter evacuations from the park’s wilderness. On August 13, a 70-year-old female sustained injuries after falling from a mule near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. Two Tuolumne Meadows YOSAR team members hiked to her location and remained on scene until the following morning, when she was flown to definitive care by helicopter. The second incident occurred on August 15 near Miller Lake when a 64-year-old female called 911 on a personal satellite phone to request assistance for a back injury. A wilderness ranger hiked to the subject’s location, arriving shortly before she was evacuated by helicopter. Both rescues were conducted by Helicopter 552, which is based out of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. When Yosemite’s primary helicopter is unavailable due to fire attack commitments, YOSAR relies on mutual aid from other helicopters with similar rescue capabilities, such as those staffed by California Highway Patrol or Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Did You Know?
At the east end of El Portal, just west of Yosemite National Park’s boundary, changing river gradients, glacial history, and powerful floods have created a boulder bar with boulders much larger than typically found in such deposits. This is no ordinary boulder bar, however, for it contains massive boulders over a meter in diameter and weighing many tons.