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Glacier Point Road Project

John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt at Glacier Point (1903).

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The following is a list of the various stages that occur during a planning process. Though there are added public involvement opportunities such as meetings and workshops throughout, this outlines the major steps. They include:

Initial public outreach
Technical Study/Report
Public scoping (ended 9/16/05)
Plan development
Public review & comment
(EA or EIS) (ended
7/27/07)
Produce final plan/report
> Decision document <
Implementation of plan/project

Glacier Point attracts many park visitors due to its extraordinary views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and its breathtaking drop to Yosemite Valley 3,000 feet below. It is also the starting point for many backcountry adventures as well as an area loved by stargazers.

"Yosemite is one of the great gestures of the Earth. It isn't that it is merely big - it is also beautiful, with a beauty that is as solid and apparent as the granite rock in which it is carved...." Ansel Adams, 1937

This project includes 5.1 miles of the Glacier Point Road between, and includes improvements to, the Chinquapin intersection and the Badger Pass Ski Area parking lot. The existing roadway was completed in 1936, replacing the original wagon road built in 1882. This area attracts high volumes of traffic year-round because it provides access to Bridalveil Creek Campground, Glacier Point, the Badger Pass Ski Area, and numerous trailheads.

 
John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt at Glacier Point (1903).

John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt at Glacier Point (1903).

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The existing road surface, associated culvert and drainage systems, as well as the Badger Pass Ski Area parking lot, are in need of repair. In addition, two intersections associated with this segment (Chiquapin and the access road to Badger Pass Ski Area) are in need of redesign to help improve safety conditions and drainage problems, and to correct Americans with Disablities Act (ADA) deficiences.

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Did You Know?

El Portal Boulder Bar

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.