Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings, & Beware Snow-Covered Trails through July

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 20 April 2019


Seasonal News of Note
Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings

Note the Snow will Affect High Trail Access, & Damages will Affect Trails Too

Yosemite National Park Announces Late Seasonal Openings for Several Park Facilities,
Yosemite National Park, March 13, 2019.


Damaged Facilities
“...that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park...due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities.”

Stormy Winter
“...significant storm systems in January and February produced high levels of snow, which resulted in temporary road closures, rock and debris slides, and falling trees. Additionally, these storms resulted in extensive damage to facilities throughout the park. Damage to facilities includes trees falling on and damaging campground restrooms, utilities systems compromised, tent cabins damaged or destroyed, and falling trees impacting campsites, parking areas, hiking trails, and roads.”

Tioga Road Too
“Although the park will begin plowing the Glacier Point and Tioga Roads in April, neither road is anticipated to be open before Memorial Day. Extensive snow along Tioga Road portends a late opening, park visitors should plan accordingly.”


Yosemite National Park
Current Conditions

Trail Conditions

Winter-depth Snow Conditions!




Conditions Indicate a Late Start for Wise & Observant PCT-JMT-TWT Hikers


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Bottom Line

I figure Yosemite is reconnoitring all the campgrounds they can get to, determining how much damage has been done to how much of the infrastructure, which will determine what percentage of the campground reservations have been mooted by the Winter powers of Nature.

If one of two bathrooms in a campground is busted, then 50% of the camper's reservations will be cancelled, until both heads can be brought up to speed.

A bit of Winter and some upcoming Spring snowshoing reveals the outlines of trail damage potentials before this year's potentially powerful thaw begins.
The real key to the condition of High Sierra trails as they emerge from the snowpack will be dependent on the pace at which this vast snowpack melts. A long, cool Spring brings a tempered thaw, while a properly placed heatwave or two can quickly release powerflul waves of runoff that take trees down long before they overflow the streams and enrage the rivers. 

Those are the bookends of possibility. Now we'll see what happens to this monster snowpack. It can still grow.



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2019-03-17 19:32:21

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