Tioga Pass Road , Ca UPDATE: Remains Closed Due to Deepest Snowpack on Record

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The Tioga Pass Entrance Station with several feet of snow on June 22, 2017.


by Caltrans District 10

June 26th, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Tioga Pass Road is currently open to the pass/park entrance from the east allowing great access to backcountry skiing and riding.

State Route 120/Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park remains closed to all vehicular traffic, including bicycles, as the park service continues to make repairs following a wet, wild winter.

Melting snow is causing water to run over the road in multiple locations, park officials said, creating a safety hazard. Park staff and partners continue to conduct necessary repairs to power, communications, water, and sewer systems along Tioga Pass, following a record-breaking year for winter snowpack.

Due to safety and sanitation concerns, Tioga Pass will remain closed until the impacted power, communications, water and sewer systems are operational to meet the needs of park staff and visitors. There is no anticipated opening date at this time.

April snow surveys indicated that in the high elevation regions of Yosemite, the park saw the highest snowpack on record. In many locations above 8,000 feet, the snowpack measured over 200 percent of average (based on water content). Warm summer weather has led to increased melting of the snowpack.

Below, park officials provide a few glimpses into the situation with water running across the roadway and snow still clustered around buildings. Drive with care on all California highways. For more information, please contact the park at (209) 372-0200.

Tioga Pass road under water yesterday. photo: caltrans
9,943′ Tioga Pass, CA on June 8th, 2017. photo: caltrans
Sonora Pass.
Tioga Pass is currently clear of snow right to the park boundary but it’ll still be a while before they can open the road to the park gate due to safety concerns. image: caltrans
Tioga Pass, CA in May 2017. photo: caltrans
Tioga Pass road on April 19th, 2017. photo: caltrans district 9
Sonora and Tioga passes could offer solid powder days on Monday. Heads up for avalanches.Ro

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