Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park Reopens
Tioga Road Remains Closed Until Further Assessment
After a temporary closure, the Hetch Hetchy Road in Yosemite National Park has reopened to the public at 11:00 a.m. today, Friday, December 02, 2011. The Hetch Hetchy Road was temporarily closed on Wednesday, November 30 due to a high wind warning in the Yosemite area. Several trees fell along the roadway during the event, causing blocked access to the Hetch Hetchy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy area. Forestry crews were able to access the area this morning and clear the roadway of any remaining debris.
The Tioga Road, previously closed due to the high wind event, remains closed at this time. The area experienced gusts of wind up to 75 miles per hour, causing dozens of trees to uproot and fall across the roadway. Forestry crews continue to work in the area to remove debris from the road. Work on the roadway and fallen trees will continue throughout the weekend and an announcement will be made upon the opening of the Tioga Road.
All roads within the Yosemite National Park are subject to temporary closures due to hazardous driving conditions. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200.
Did You Know?
Descending from Yosemite Valley, the Merced River becomes a continuous cascade in a narrow gorge littered by massive boulders. Dropping 2,000 feet in 14 miles, canyon walls rise steeply from the river and have many seasonal waterfalls cascading down to the river.