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Tioga Pass Road and Segments of Big Oak Flat Road to Re-open

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Date: September 5, 2009

Through travel between Groveland and Lee Vining Possible

At 8 am on Sunday, September 6, the road from Big Oak Flat Entrance Station to Crane Flat and across Tioga Pass will re-open, making through travel possible between Groveland and Lee Vining.

However, the road from Crane Flat to the El Portal Road will remain closed, making Yosemite Valley accessible ONLY via Mariposa and El Portal along Highway 140 or via Oakhurst and Wawona on Highway 41.

Fire crews continue to work on falling hazard trees in the closed segment of the road. This section of the road remains closed until further notice. 

Did You Know?

Nevada and Vernal Falls

In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.