Tioga Pass, Guess the Opening Date 2010

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by rhyang » Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:03 pm

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm

As of 29-April -

Tioga plowing operations were halted due to wet slab avalanche activity at the South Fork avalanche zone. With freezing temperatures forecast, plowing ops are expected to resume today.


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by Steve Larson » Sun May 02, 2010 2:16 pm

I just want to know when it's open to the Saddlebag turnoff. Ski time! There was a huge (20' high) drift just before Ellery Lake about 6 weeks ago.

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by WML » Tue May 04, 2010 2:14 pm

Just got back from a ski tour into Tuolumne from the East.

As of yesterday afternoon, 120 was plowed to the Saddlebag Lake turnoff. Per the CalTrans employees we encountered, they do not anticipate the road to be opened to the Pass for traffic for another 2 weeks, maybe 3. They also mentioned that clearing the snow is the easy part, it's the rocks and pavement repairs that are a pain in the ass.

Inside the park, the plow crews are much more conservative, and there are easily ~4-5 feet of snow on the road near the Tuolumne ski hut. Per the winter ranger up there, it looks like they will have the road cleared but wait one to two weeks to open it due to rocks and other things that need to be cleared as well as more pavement maintenance. The park also doesn't like to open it early because of potential for ice on the road.

The general consensus between the ranger and CalTrans folks was we have about another month until it's open all the way through, provided no more storms come through.

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by Marmaduke » Tue May 04, 2010 4:33 pm

WML wrote:Just got back from a ski tour into Tuolumne from the East.

As of yesterday afternoon, 120 was plowed to the Saddlebag Lake turnoff. Per the CalTrans employees we encountered, they do not anticipate the road to be opened to the Pass for traffic for another 2 weeks, maybe 3. They also mentioned that clearing the snow is the easy part, it's the rocks and pavement repairs that are a pain in the ass.

Inside the park, the plow crews are much more conservative, and there are easily ~4-5 feet of snow on the road near the Tuolumne ski hut. Per the winter ranger up there, it looks like they will have the road cleared but wait one to two weeks to open it due to rocks and other things that need to be cleared as well as more pavement maintenance. The park also doesn't like to open it early because of potential for ice on the road.

The general consensus between the ranger and CalTrans folks was we have about another month until it's open all the way through, provided no more storms come through.


My May 20th is looking pretty good then! 8) 8)

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by mrchad9 » Tue May 04, 2010 5:14 pm

WML wrote:The general consensus between the ranger and CalTrans folks was we have about another month until it's open all the way through, provided no more storms come through.

Another month? Hmmm... Saw this on page one...

mrchad9 wrote:June 4

BTW- thanks for the info WML...

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by TheOrglingLlama » Tue May 04, 2010 5:21 pm

I can haz knob climbing ??

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by Marmaduke » Tue May 04, 2010 5:29 pm

Neophiteat48 wrote:
WML wrote:
As of yesterday afternoon, 120 was plowed to the Saddlebag Lake turnoff. Per the CalTrans employees we encountered, they do not anticipate the road to be opened to the Pass for traffic for another 2 weeks, maybe 3. quote]

My May 20th is looking pretty good then! 8) 8)


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by butitsadryheat » Tue May 04, 2010 5:55 pm

Another low pressure system is coming in next week. Not sure if it will dip low enough to affect it, but don't start counting chickens.. 8)

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by Marmaduke » Tue May 04, 2010 6:09 pm

butitsadryheat wrote:Another low pressure system is coming in next week. Not sure if it will dip low enough to affect it, but don't start counting chickens.. 8)


I'm not, all my eggs in one basket though. :?

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Pictures from my trip

by WML » Tue May 04, 2010 6:44 pm

Here are some shots from my trip to Tuolumne this weekend...giving ya'll an idea of what's going on up there

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Re: Pictures from my trip

by Marmaduke » Tue May 04, 2010 7:33 pm

[quote="WML"]Here are some shots from my trip to Tuolumne this weekend...giving ya'll an idea of what's going on up there
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Yea, we see what's going on up there. Nice!!

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by rhyang » Thu May 06, 2010 4:21 pm

Nice shots :) Holy cornices batman :shock:

Any news about Sonora Pass (SR108) ?

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by tyler4588 » Fri May 07, 2010 5:57 pm

This is the update as of May 5th:

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Tioga Road:
Ending location: May Lake Pit, 26.6 miles from Crane Flat
Average snow depth: 8 to 9 feet
Plowing operations will continue today.

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by fossana » Fri May 07, 2010 8:15 pm

Guess I won't be doing Matthes anytime soon.

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by kngalaric » Sat May 08, 2010 1:45 am

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