Road Closures Due to El Portal Fire
The Big Oak Flat Road between Crane Flat and the El Portal Road is temporarily closed. There is no access to Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road or Highway 120. Tioga Road is open and accessible via Big Oak Flat and Tioga Pass Entrances. More »
Campground Closures Due to Fire
Crane Flat, Bridalveil Creek, and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds are temporarily closed. More »
Yosemite National Park is Open
Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and Wawona/Mariposa Grove areas are open and accessible via Highways 140 and 41. Tioga Road is not accessible via Highways 140 and 41 due to a fire.
Update for February 20, 2013
February 20, 2013
Weather: February 13th through February 20th
Overall the avalanche hazard is low in the Tuolumne Meadows area. But, wilderness travelers need to be wary of pockets of dense wind slab. These slabs are overriding faceted weak snow that lie on top of a potentially smooth sliding surface of old snow and or crust. These pockets are isolated and may be hard to trigger, but could be consequential to the unsuspecting skier. Wilderness skiers should use caution when traversing any slopes steeper than 30 degrees on hard "drum like" hollow sounding snow.
Looking northeast from Donohue Pass at Donohue Peak and the Koip Crest, February 12, 2013.
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Riparian communities are adjacent to the river channel and tributaries; they are the interface between the river and surrounding meadow and upland communities. They provide specialized habitat and important nutrients to the meadow and river systems.