Author Topic: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.  (Read 3066 times)

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Offline Bclayden

Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« on: May 12, 2017, 09:22:50 am »
Planning a Sierra Nevada crossing this spring? You might need to wait a bit longer than usual. Here's a great vid and fly past of Tioga Pass Rd from east to west showing a relatively current situation. Looks like a lot of work still to be done. 50' snow drifts, etc. Tioga Pass tops out at about 10,000'.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tioga-Monitor-Sonora-Ebbetts-Pass-open-Sierra-snow-11138676.php

Offline jamawani

Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 09:41:30 am »
Yosemite N.P. road status web page -
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Tioga Pass is unlikely to open before mid to late June.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 11:45:58 am »
Nice avalanche zone picture in the article.

I'm curious, though.  Flipping through the Yosemite pages a while back, I got the impression Park Service employees cleared Tioga Pass.  Are those really Caltrans workers on the road?

Offline jamawani

Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 12:04:07 pm »
NPS clears west side within the park.
Caltrans clears east side up from Lee Vining.
Caltrans usually has more equipment/crew and finishes earlier -
so sometimes comes into park over Tioga Pass to speed clearing.

indyfabz

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Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 08:27:37 am »
Clearing GTS in Glacier. They seem to be making good progress.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/glaciernps/with/34575688236/
« Last Edit: May 13, 2017, 08:30:06 am by indyfabz »

Offline staehpj1

Re: Current aerial shots of Tioga Pass snow removal.
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2017, 09:07:44 am »
Yosemite N.P. road status web page -
https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

Tioga Pass is unlikely to open before mid to late June.
You are probably more familiar with the situation there than I am, but I would have guessed sometime in July given this year's snowpack.

For those doing the TA, McKenzie Pass is looking like it may be later than usual as well.  They are plowing it, but say it might be July before it opens.  Since it is typically open to bikes a week or two sooner, cyclists may be able to ride it before it is open to cars (late June?).   Alternately Santiam Pass is an alternate option, but it is a shame to miss McKenzie Pass.

To insert some more reality for those unfamiliar with weather in the western mountains, it is apparently snowing on McKenzie Pass now and snow is likely through Tuesday.  Overnight lows on Tioga Pass this week are still below freezing and more fresh snow is always possible there.