Historical Seasonal Opening and Closing Dates

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Roads

(See plowing updates during spring road opening.)

Clearing of the Tioga Road begins on or about April 15 each year and usually takes between one and two months. Predicting when these roads will open is not possible, even in late spring, because weather in April and May can affect plowing progress significantly.

Historical Road Opening Dates
YearTioga OpenedTioga ClosedGlacier Pt OpenedGlacier Pt ClosedMariposa Grove OpenedMariposa Grove ClosedSnowpack as of Apr 1
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Note: Snowpack shows the percent of average for the Tuolumne River drainage (which includes the higher elevation areas of Tioga Road).
* Notes by year:
2019: Tioga Road opened on June 21 with access to entry only from 10 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 4 pm daily. It opened without restriction on July 1.
2016-2018: Mariposa Grove was closed for a restoration project July 6, 2016–June 15, 2018
2011-2012: Re-opened December 16, 2011 - January 17, 2012.
2010: Mariposa Grove Road opened March 26, then was closed at some point until it reopened on May 19
1999-2000: Re-opened December 23, 1999 - January 1, 2000.

Caltrans has a list of recent closing and opening dates for other passes in the Sierra Nevada.

 

Campgrounds

The only campgrounds listed are those with opening and closing dates that are based on conditions, which vary from year to year. Wawona, Hodgdon Meadow, and campgrounds in Yosemite Valley are not listed because they open and close on a fairly consistent schedule or are open all year.

(See table with this year's estimated opening and closing dates.)

Table shows the date range each campground was open for each year since 2000
YearBridalveil CreekCrane FlatTamarack FlatWhite WolfYosemite CreekPorcupine FlatTuolumne Meadows
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* Notes by year:
2019: Crane Flat was additionally open from May 25–June 4, July 3–July 7, and July 12–14; it opened late due to sewer repairs
2018: Bridalveil Creek closed early due to the Ferguson Fire; Crane Flat was closed July 29–August 14 as a result of the Ferguson Fire; Tamarack Flat was closed August 3–15 as a result of the Ferguson Fire
2017: Bridalveil Creek was closed August 16–25, then closed early, as a result of the Empire Fire
2015: White Wolf closed early as a result of a fire
2014: Bridalveil Creek was closed July 27–August 3 as a result of a fire; Crane Flat was closed July 26–August 7 as a result of a fire; Yosemit eCreek was closed July 27–August 15 as a result of the fire
2013: Crane Flat was additionally open May 24–27; Tamarack Flat was closed June 8–17 for a tribal event, August 27–September 20 as a result of the Rim Fire, and closed early due to a government shutdown; White Wolf and Yosemite Creek closed early due to the Rim Fire
2011: Crane Flat closed early as a result of a fire; Yosemite Creek open Friday and Saturday nights only beginning September 12
2009: Crane Flat closed early as a result of a fire; Porcupine Flat closed early due to snow

 

Trails

The only trails that are routinely closed in Yosemite are the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall, the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and near the top of Nevada Fall (including the "ice cut"), and the Four Mile Trail.

Table shows the date range each trail was open for each year since 2000
YearMist TrailJohn Muir Trail (ice cut)Half Dome CablesFour Mile Trail
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* Notes by year
2018: John Muir Trail opened late due to damage
2017: John Muir Trail closed early due to damage, but would have closed for the season on January 18
2016: Mist Trail closed for a few weeks in March due to weather/conditions

Last updated: July 11, 2019

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