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Yosemite Adventure Journal | 05:03

Updated: May 4

Your source for weekly news, information and updates in the Yosemite National Park region and beyond.

Reservations

Reservations will be required for dates in green between 5 am to 4 pm. For full day or half day reservations visit https://www.recreation.gov/timed-entry/10086745.

2024 Schedule of Yosemite National Park Entrance Reservations
Yosemite Reservation Schedule

You do not need reservations if:

  •  you are entering on one of our guided tours

  •  you have a Half Dome or wilderness permit

  • you have lodging or camping reservations inside of Yosemite National Park

  • you are entering on YARTS

  • you are on foot, bike or horse


Road Closures & Detours

Tioga Road

Tioga Road and the Highway 120 entering the Park from Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes, CA is still closed for the season. Plowing operations are underway on the Tioga Road. At this time, there are no bicycles or admistrative aaccess allowed on any section of the Tioga Road. Only those directly involved in snow removal activities are permitted on the road corridor.


Big Oak Flat Road

Big Oak Flat Road & Highway 120 entering the Park from Groveland, CA has no construction or impediments.


Simple Yosemite Road Map
Yosemite Map

Wawona Road

Wawona Road & Highway 41 entering the Park from Oakhurst, CA are clear this weekend; however, beginning May 2nd and continuing through the 17th crews will be completing weekday repairs along the Wawona Road.  May 2nd and 3rd crews will be cleaning up a road repair from last year located approximately 12-miles north of the southern Park Boundary or a couple miles north of the Mosquito Creek drainage. Beginning on Monday, May 6th and continuing thru Friday, May 17th crews will begin an emergency road repair approximately 9.4 miles north of the southern Park Boundary, or just below the Mosquito Creek Drainage.  Crews will be working Monday thru Friday 7AM to 6PM.  There will be flaggers with alternating single lane traffic control with 15-minute delays. Note that although crews will not be working at night, there will be single lane traffic control with lights and traffic signals.


May 7th -19th crews will be completing an emergency road repair approx. 9.4 miles north of the southern Park Boundary or just below the Mosquito Creek Drainage.  There will be alternating single lane traffic control with 15-minute delays, while crews complete this road repair.  There are multiple tight curves along Wawona Road in this area, so please slow down, be patient and use caution when approaching this area.


El Portal Road

El Portal Road and Highway 140 entering the Park from Mariposa, CA are not schedule.


State Route 140 (SR-140) between Cathey’s Valley and the town of Mariposa will undergo improvements throughout the summer. Work will include pavement preservation with hot-mix asphalt, and removal and installation of guardrails, culverts, dikes, shoulder backing, signage, and corner curb ramps at seven intersections. Crews will work night shifts for approximately 170 working days, Sunday through Thursday, with alternating lane closures on eastbound and westbound SR-140. Project completion is expected in December 2024.


Glacier Point Road

The road leading up to Glacier Point is still closed for the season. On April 25th, crews had plowed the length of Glacier Point Road and were working on snow removal from parking lots, the campground, paved trails at Glacier and Washburn Points, and in front of buildings. There is no estimated opening date for Glacier Point Road.


The Badger Pass cutoff road is also closed.


Mariposa Grove Road

The road leading into the Mariposa Grove is free of delays. Road is currently closed for the winter. When open, road is open only to vehicles displaying disability placards. All others must use the free shuttle from the Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza which operates approximately late May through November.


Yosemite Valley Roads

All roads within Yosemite Valley are subject to heavy traffic during the season.


Hazardous fuel reduction is taking place from Bridalveil Fall to Tunnel View. Holds are 15 minutes while workers remove woody material. Actual wait times may be longer as traffic clears through one lane at a time. Delays should be expected Mon-Fri, 06:00-16:00. This work is being conducted in preparation of prescribed fire and provide a safer place for fire fighters to work if a wildfire burns up the Merced River Canyon like the 2018 Ferguson Fire. Personnel will be removing small trees and dead and down material and to help restore a sense of arrival to Yosemite Valley. Wood will be transported to Ackerson Meadow where it will be mixed with fill as part of a massive gully restoration project will the aim of restoring one of the largest mid-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada. Mixing the wood with the soil sequesters the carbon and increases the water holding capacity of the soil. Please watch for workers.


Current issues with the Yosemite Valley Shuttle include intermittent closures at service stops 14, 15, 18, and 19. Stops 16, and 17 are the next closest stops that will remain available. Specifically, on Monday, May 6, an NPS contractor will demolish and remove asphalt in the Happy Isles Loop roadway at Bus Stop #15, requiring a temporary road closure. The road to Upper, North, and Lower Pines campgrounds will remain open. Visitor vehicles will be directed to use the loop road to approach Trailhead Parking Area from the east. For the duration of construction, eastbound shuttle runs will terminate at Curry Village registration before returning westbound. With apologies for the inconveniences, visitor will have to walk or use bicycles to access the Mist Trail, John Muir Trail, and Mirror Lake trailheads. Construction should be completed by May 24, but progress will be delayed by rainy weather or other interruptions.

Snow Plow in high snow on Tioga Road
Snow Plow on Tioga Road

Recreation Updates and Closures

John Muir Trail

At 11:23 pm on April 15, a large rockfall occurred from the slope above the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and the top of Nevada Fall, sending hundreds of boulders onto the trail. Nearly 1,000 feet of trail are covered with boulders, trees, and other debris. The trail will require significant repair, including drilling and blasting of large boulders. Geologists are now assessing the potential for additional rockfalls. The trail, which was already closed for the winter season, will remain closed for at least several more weeks. A reopening date is not known at this time. Gates are closed across the John Muir Trail at Clark Point and near the top of Nevada Fall. For your safety, please do not enter the closed section of the trail.


Merced River Closure

Effective Monday April 22nd, the Merced River between Clark's Bridge to El Capitan Bridge will be closed to boating (non-motorized vessels) due to flows above 7.0 feet at the Pohono Bridge river gauge. Continued assessments will be completed throughout the week.


Crane Flat Snow Play Area

The Crane Flat Snow Play Area has closed for the season.


Valley Loop Trail

A short section of the Valley Loop Trail at The Ahwahnee is closed due to rockfall risk, although a short detour is available.


Four Mile Trail

The Four Mile Trail is closed due to hazardous conditions near Union Point (about halfway up) with no access to Glacier Point.


Half Dome

The Half Dome cables are down for the season. They are usually available for use starting Memorial Day weekend in May.


Peregrin Falcon Climbing Closures

The peregrine falcon is a fully protected species in California and a special status species in Yosemite due to its sensitivity to disturbance during the nesting season. To protect this species, the superintendent of Yosemite National Park designates peregrine nesting cliffs as areas closed to visitor use, including climbing and slacklining activities, until peregrine chicks have fledged and dispersed from those areas each year. If you encounter any raptor (falcons, eagles, hawks, etc.) while climbing, please email us.

By order of the superintendent of Yosemite National Park and under authority of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 1.5(a) and Section (a)(1): The following areas are closed to visitor use, including climbing activities, beginning March 1, 2024 and remaining in effect until July 15, 2024, or until further notice:

  • B.O.L.T. Wall – Immediately southwest of Leaning Tower. Closure includes all routes on the B.O.L.T. Wall.

  • El Capitan, SW Face – Closure includes all routes between and including “Octopussy” to the “Dihedral Wall" are closed. The first 9 pitches of the closed routes remain open.

  • Fairview Dome, West Face – Tuolumne Meadows. Closure includes all routes between and including “Heart of Stone” to “Lucky Streaks.” All other routes remain open.

  • Higher Cathedral Rock – Closure includes all routes between and including “Power Point” and “The North Face.” All other routes remain open.

  • Mt. Broderick – West of Liberty Cap. Closure includes the entire SE face of Mt. Broderick opposite Liberty Cap.

  • The Rostrum  Lower Merced Canyon. Closure includes climbing routes on all sides of the Rostrum formation. "Super Nova" and the "Jungle Gym" areas remain open. Slack-lining is prohibited at the summit and the top of the adjacent cliff.

  • Upper Yosemite Fall – Closure includes all routes between and including “Sprayfest” to “Via Aqua."

  • Wawona Dome – Closure includes all routes between and including “Cream of the Crop” to “Bark at the Moon.” From the base, the first pitch of the closed routes between and including “Lunar Eclipse” to “Bird in Flight” remain open.

  • Widow’s Tears – Closure includes all routes within the Widow’s Tears Alcove. Routes on Tower of Cosmic Winds remain open.

  • Yosemite Point – Closure includes all routes between and including “Czech Route” and “Yosemite Point Buttress.” The first 3 pitches of “Czech Route” and the first 5 pitches of “Yosemite Point Buttress” remain open.

Additional Climbing Closures

Rock climbers recently reported a new crack in a cliff on the western side of Royal Arches, near the climbing route Super Slide. Subsequent investigation revealed that this crack has partially detached a large pillar of rock, and that cracking was actively occurring. As a precautionary effort to reduce risk from rockfall, the National Park Service is implementing a temporary area and trail closure starting August 30, 2023:

  • Serenity Crack and Super Slide Climbing Area Closure: Closure includes all routes between and including Peruvian Flake West to the Rhombus Wall. The popular routes Serenity Crack/Sons of Yesterday, and Super Slide are included in the closure. 


Echo Adventure Cooperative Member Rock Climbing in Yosemite
Free Climbing in Yosemite


Tuolumne River Flow Rates

Below are planned releases from HHWP facilities through May 9. For permitting and access information contact the Groveland Ranger District. Although Hetch Hetchy Water and Power strive to keep the user community updated on projected flows on the Tuolumne River, flows will continue to vary significantly over the coming weeks as weather changes and spring runoff season begins.

 

Stated flow rates are best estimates and are subject to change as conditions and operational constraints evolve.

 

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

  • Total flows immediately below Hetch Hetchy are currently 1,960 cfs.

  • Flows will remain at this rate until Sunday May 5, at which point a reduction to 1,500 cfs is tentatively scheduled

  • Additional modest flow rate changes are possible next week in response to a forecasted cooldown

  • Kirkwood Powerhouse

  • Spill of approximately 700 cfs around the clock Monday-Friday

  • *WEEKENDS: spill will reduce to 0 cfs from 07:00-19:00, 700 cfs otherwise

 

Cherry Reservoir

  • Total flows immediately below Cherry are approximately 760 cfs

  • Flows are scheduled to increase to 1,000 cfs Friday May 3

  • Additional flow increases may be required due to forecasted precipitation

  • Flows will tentatively reduce toward 500 cfs Monday May 5 in response to forecasted cooldown

  • Holm Powerhouse

  • Spill of approximately 1,000 cfs around the clock Monday-Friday

  • *WEEKENDS: spill will reduce to 0 cfs from 09:00-17:00, 1,000 cfs otherwise

 

Lake Eleanor

  • Valve releases of 650 cfs

  • Spill approximately 200-800

  • Spill may be higher on Saturday due to forecasted precipitation activity


Meral’s Pool on the Main Tuolumne

  • Flows are currently 5,500-6,000 cfs

  • Flows will increase toward 6,000-7,000 cfs Friday into the weekend

  • Weekend flow rates will vary between approx. 5,500-7,000 cfs

  • Flows could temporarily be higher than this projection in response to Saturday rain event

  • Flows are expected to reduce toward 4,500-5,000 cfs early next week


Echo Adventure Cooperative Member fly fishing on the Tuolumne River
Fly Fishing in the Tuolumne River Backpacking Trip


Yosemite and Gateway Towns in the News


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KCRA

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Modesto Bee

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SFGATE

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Sierra News Online

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Active NorCal

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