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Yosemite National Park Announces The Tioga Trailheads Project

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Date: October 31, 2008

Yosemite National Park is preparing a Tioga Trailheads Environmental Assessment (EA) to provide corridor-wide trailhead design guidelines; to protect sensitive natural and cultural resources; and to improve visitor safety, access, and enjoyment. This project will consider alternative means to improve traffic and pedestrian travel patterns, way-finding, accessibility, interpretation, picnicking facilities, food storage, and waste management.

This project will address eight of the twelve designated trailheads along the Tioga Road, including: Gaylor Lakes at Tioga Pass, Mono Pass, Snow Creek, May Lake, Porcupine, Yosemite Creek/Ten Lakes, Lukens Lake, and Tamarack Flat/Aspen Valley.

An environmental assessment is currently underway. Public scoping will occur from November 6 through December 12, 2008. Comments with issues, ideas, and suggestions for the Tioga Trailheads Project may be submitted during this period. The public will have a second formal comment period when the environmental assessment is ready for review (anticipated in winter 2009/2010).

Although there will be two formal opportunities to comment on this plan, it is important to remember that comments are welcome at any time during the planning process. A field visit is scheduled for November 15, pending weather and road conditions. Additional field visits will be scheduled in the spring and early summer of 2009.

For More Information:



  • Visit www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/ttp.htm for more information on plans and projects in Yosemite National Park.
  • Attend a National Park Service public open house to talk with project specialists and obtain more information on this topic. Visit the park’s planning website (listed above) for upcoming dates.
  • Add your name to the park’s planning mailing list and receive the Planning Update newsletter as well as other planning-related notices. You can also submit your email address to receive the park’s periodic electronic newsletter.
  • Additionally, you can submit comments with your thoughts about this topic or any other project in the park by any of the following means:

Mail: Superintendent
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

Phone: 209/379-1365; Fax: 209/379-1294

Did You Know?

Rockfall area and talus slope at base of Three Brothers in Yosemite Valley.

In March 1987, the largest historical rockfall in Yosemite National Park deposited an estimated 1.5 million tons of debris at the base of Three Brothers, closing Northside Drive for several months.