Tioga & Glacier Point Roads Closed for the Winter
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) and Glacier Point Road are closed due to snow; they usually reopen late May or June. You can check on current road conditions by calling 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). More »
Slope Fire Spreading Slowly in Yosemite National Park
The Slope Fire, a lightning caused fire in Yosemite National Park, continues to burn in the area of Harden Lake. The fire was spotted on July 25th and is currently at 597 acres. The fire has spread minimally in the past few days due to fuel type and recent rain in the area. Yosemite Fire Crews are continuing to manage the Slope Fire for the purpose of ecological benefits.
Very little smoke is visible in the surrounding area due to the Slope Fire. The Harden Lake area and the trail to Pate Valley from Harden Lake are closed due to fire activity. Fire crews will assess the trail near Harden Lake later today to determine when it will open to the public. The White Wolf trailhead to Pate Valley and Lukens Lake remain open.
Cooperating agencies in the managed fire include the San Francisco Water Quality and Public Utilities Commission at Hetch Hetchy and the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control District.
For more information on fire please visit www.nps.gov/yose/fire.
Did You Know?
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.