Yosemite Road Closure Coming

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By petedevine on February 18, 2012 at 12:20 am

The Park Service has just announced the planned re-closure of the Big Oak Flat Road that connects Highway 120 to Yosemite Valley.  The closure starts Wednesday February 29 and will last 6 weeks, with the road opening before Easter weekend.  The shut down is for construction to repair severe roadbed damage from a rockslide that occurred on January 22. 

Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge

The rest of the park is open, with access to Yosemite Valley from Highways 140 and 41 being unchanged.  If you do come in on Hwy. 120 you can still get to Hetch Hetchy, Merced Grove, Tuolumne Grove and the snowy meadows of Crane Flat. 

We got some snow over the past week or so and locals feel more relaxed that it’s finally winter as it should be.  Yosemite Valley just got an inch or two, while the Badger Pass Ski Area got a lot more.  Skiing is good on all runs, the cross-country skiers are loving the good coverage on the Glacier Point Road, while snowshoers are happy to make the all day trek out to Dewey Point. 
It’s only another week or so that we have a chance to see the elusive ‘natural firefall’ at Horsetail Fall on El Capitan.  This stunning phenomenon happens when the setting sun lights the wispy waterfall with golden, pink or orange light.  If you’re not coming up right away, put mid-February on your calendar for next year.