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Samstag, 10. Juni 2017, 20:32

@Thomas - Wir sind die 88 gefahren, so hat uns das Navi geleitet. Kann sein, dass die 4 stellenweise gesperrt war.

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Sonntag, 11. Juni 2017, 01:35

Hallo Marie. Danke.
Wir werden auch die 88 nehmen müssen. Wir waren gerade auf der 4 im Big Tree SP.
Bis Alpine Lake ist der Ebbet Pass befahrbar.
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Mittwoch, 14. Juni 2017, 16:10

Rockslide Blocks Popular Entrance to Yosemite National Park

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A large rockslide has blocked one of the main roads into Yosemite National Park that will remain closed at least through the weekend, an official said Tuesday.
About 4,000 tons (3,600 metric tons) of rock detached from a cliff on Monday, blocking El Portal Road, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.
El Portal Road is a continuation of Highway 140 and the gateway for about a third of the park's visitors who enter from the foothills above the Central Valley. About 700,000 to 800,000 visitors use that entrance each year, Gediman said.
"This massive slab of rock slid down the cliff, hit a ledge, and broke into many pieces," he said.
Those pieces fragmented further after hitting the base of the cliff and fanned out over an area more than 1,000 feet wide with debris rolling down to the Merced River.
The park can still be reached by way of Highways 41 and 120. The three entrances on the west side of the Sierra lead to Yosemite Valley, the park's main attraction.
The closure cut off the valley from the village of El Portal and the city of Mariposa, which are home to most of the park's employees. Commutes that typically take 30 minutes to an hour are now taking two to three hours, Gediman said.
The park's eastern entrance is still closed as plow crews clear near-record snowfall on the road to Tioga Pass, which sits at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level.


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Sonntag, 18. Juni 2017, 17:53

El Portal Road (Highway 140) and Arch Rock Entrance Reopen in Yosemite National Park

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The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite Valley is scheduled to reopen to all traffic Sunday, June 18 at 6:00 am. The first two miles of the El Portal Road from the park boundary is signed as a no-stopping zone.

Visitors driving through the damaged section of the road should follow all road signs and drive with caution. The damaged section of road has been repaired with gravel and there may be dirt and debris in the roadway.

The El Portal Road has been closed due to a significant rockfall since Monday, June 12. Park road crews have been working to clear rock and debris and have been assessing the condition of the roadway.


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Freitag, 23. Juni 2017, 16:52

Yosemite National Park Announces Pilot Day Use Parking Reservation Program for 2017

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Yosemite National Park announces the second phase of a multi-year pilot program where visitors will be able to reserve a limited number of parking spaces at the Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley, for four weekends, including Saturdays and Sundays, in August 2017.
This pilot program allows visitors the opportunity to guarantee a parking space in Yosemite Valley on four busy weekends in August. Visitors who book a parking reservation will have a space reserved until 4:00 pm, so visitors will be able to arrive during the day to use their reserved parking space. The Yosemite Falls Parking Area is one of two main parking lots in Yosemite Valley. The park encourages visitors to park once and utilize the free shuttle system to get to the Valley Visitor Center and all major attractions in Yosemite Valley.
Reservations for 150 parking spaces can be made beginning today, June 21, 2017 at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. All remaining parking spaces in the Yosemite Falls Parking Area will remain available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are available for passenger vehicles up to 20 feet in length. At this time, reservations cannot be booked for RVs or trailers. There is no charge for day use parking reservations, but a reservation fee of $1.50 will be required per transaction. All transactions are final; no refunds or cancellations will be accepted.
This pilot program is part of a larger effort to evaluate traffic and parking management tools to improve the overall visitor experience in Yosemite National Park. The pilot will let park staff see if there is public interest or demand for day parking reservations. Other traffic management tools the park has implemented include designated bus lanes, a new traffic roundabout, improved parking facilities, and improved signs and wayfinding tools.
“The pilot day parking reservation program is one of many tools Yosemite National Park is using to address traffic and congestion in the park,” stated Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “We are continuously working to improve so we can provide a quality experience for visitors to Yosemite National Park. After this summer season, park staff will evaluate the program and recommend changes based on public feedback.”
The park is expecting a very busy summer season, especially on weekends. Visitors arriving in personal vehicles should plan to expect traffic congestion and travel delays up to three hours before parking your vehicle. Visitors are encouraged to stop at the visitor centers in the park’s Gateway Communities of Mariposa, Oakhurst, Groveland, and Lee Vining to purchase park passes and get information to help plan your trip to Yosemite National Park. Picking up a park pass in the Gateway Communities may help expedite traffic flow at the park’s entrance gate.
A great alternative to driving into Yosemite Valley is to consider parking at stops in the Gateway Communities and riding the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses into Yosemite Valley. Visit www.yarts.com for more information. In Yosemite Valley, once you have found a parking space, people are urged to ride the free shuttle, walk, or ride a bike around the Valley to minimize traffic congestion.


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Montag, 26. Juni 2017, 17:30

Lingering snow continues to block travel from the east into Yosemite National Park

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Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park remains closed, with a potential opening date pushed even further into the future as melting snow is causing unsafe levels of water in multiple spots.
The closure extends from Tuolumne Grove, east of Crane Flat, to the Tioga Pass entrance station. Vehicles cannot drive to Tuolumne Meadows nor enter the park from the east.
There is still no estimated opening date. In recent years, particularly when California was gripped by drought, the road was opened by early to mid-May, according to a chart on the nps.gov website.
The most recent opening beyond that was June 18, 2011. The last time the road did not open until July 1 was 1998.
Park entrances from the west along Highway 120 as well as Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140 and Highway 41 remain open all year.

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Mittwoch, 28. Juni 2017, 15:22

Doch noch eine schnelle Meinungsänderung: :-)

Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park Open to All Vehicular Traffic Thursday, June 29, 2017

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The Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park (Highway 120 through the park) will open for the season to all vehicular traffic beginning at 8:00 am on Thursday, June 29, 2017. There will be limited visitor services available from the Tioga Pass Entrance Station to Crane Flat. Tioga Road will open for bicycle and pedestrian users at 8:00 am Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
All visitors on the road are encouraged to use caution as there may be dirt, debris, and water flowing over sections of the road. Visitors are encouraged to keep an eye out for maintenance vehicles working on the roadway.
There will be minimal services available along the Tioga Road for several weeks. There will be no drinking water. Visitors should use the vault and portable toilets located along the roadway to help protect water quality in the Tuolumne River watershed. Food service and lodging are not available along the Tioga Road. There is no mobile phone service at this time and 911 emergency calls will not be operational. There are no gasoline services available along Tioga Road. Visitors can purchase gasoline in Lee Vining and at Crane Flat.
For maps and visitor information, visit the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, the Big Oak Flat Information Station, the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, and the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining.
Tamarack Flat Campground is the only campground that is currently open along Tioga Road. This campground is first-come, first served and fills early in the day.
Anyone planning to hike or backpack near Tuolumne Meadows and in all high elevation areas of Yosemite should be prepared for winter hiking and camping conditions. Trails are still impacted by snow and ice. River crossings are high and swift moving. There are several high water areas currently impacting the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT) in Yosemite National Park. Trail conditions may vary at any time.
When driving in the park, motorists are urged to drive slowly as bears and other animals are active and may be present on the roadway.

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Montag, 3. Juli 2017, 18:01

Spectacular photo captures beauty of Vernal Fall, a must see. But be careful out there
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Donnerstag, 20. Juli 2017, 16:51

Limited Number of Day Parking Reservations Still Available for Yosemite Valley

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There are a limited number of day parking reservations still available for visitors planning a trip to Yosemite Valley on weekends this August. Securing a free day parking reservation in Yosemite Valley will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience during weekends in August, the park’s busiest month. These reservations are free (with a $1.50 service fee per reservation) and can be booked online (www.recreation.gov) or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. There are 150 parking spaces available by reservation daily and availability is limited. This is the second year Yosemite National Park is testing a pilot day parking reservation program.

These parking reservations are located in the newly designed Yosemite Falls Parking Area, located directly west of Yosemite Valley Lodge and south of Camp 4 in Yosemite Valley. This parking lot also provides visitors the ability to avoid afternoon traffic congestion when leaving Yosemite Valley.

Visitors who book a parking reservation will be guaranteed a parking space in Yosemite Valley from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm. A reservation is valid for one day only. Reservations are available for passenger vehicles up to 20 feet in length. At this time, reservations cannot be booked for RVs or trailers.

Anyone planning a trip on a Valley Tram Tour, a day hike on the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, or anyone attending a wedding in Yosemite Valley on any Saturday or Sunday this August are strongly encouraged to book a parking reservation today to guarantee a smooth parking experience. Visitors without reservations may experience up to a 3 hour wait for a parking space. Once you drive into Yosemite Valley, the park encourages visitors to park once and explore the Valley Floor by bicycle, on foot, or by taking advantage of the park’s free shuttle service to all major Valley attractions.

A great alternative to driving into Yosemite Valley is to consider parking at stops in the Gateway Communities and riding the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) buses into Yosemite Valley. Visitwww.yarts.com for more information. Did you know there is Amtrak service to Yosemite National Park? Visithttps://www.amtrak.com/take-train-to-yosemite-park to learn more.

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Donnerstag, 20. Juli 2017, 17:54

Waldbrand zerstört 29 Gebäude nahe Yosemite-Nationalpark

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Ein Waldbrand in der Nähe des kalifornischen Yosemite-Nationalparks hat 29 Gebäude zerstört und Tausende Menschen in die Flucht getrieben.

Es sei unklar, wie viele der 29 zerstörten Häuser von Anwohnern seien, teilte die Feuerwehr von Kalifornien am Mittwochabend mit. 3000 Einsatzkräfte arbeiteten daran, den Brand von einer Größe von 194 Quadratkilometern einzudämmen - bei sieben Prozent des Feuers sei dies bereits geschehen.
Es ist einer von mehreren Flächenbränden, die im Westen der USA wüten. Fast 1500 Gebäude wurden ebenso von den Flammen bedroht wie die Stromversorgung des Nationalparks. Den Angaben zufolge wüteten die Flammen rund 60 Kilometer von dem Nationalpark entfernt. Feuerwehrsprecher Jordan Motta sagte, der Brand bewege sich Richtung Süden - weg vom Yosemite.
Das seit Sonntag brennende Feuer nähere sich dem Ort Mariposa, für den eine Evakuierungsanordnung galt. In der Ortschaft leben etwa 2000 Einwohner. Berichte über Verletzte gab es bislang nicht. Mindestens 1400 Feuerwehrleute bekämpften den Brand von Land aus und aus der Luft.

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Dienstag, 8. August 2017, 17:35

Yosemite National Park institutes fire restrictions

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Due to high fire dangers from hot and dry weather, officials at Yosemite National Park instituted Stage 1 fire restrictions last week, meaning no campfires or cooking fires are allowed below 6,000 feet in elevation.
Under the superintendent’s orders, the following restrictions are in place:
- No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or cooking fire (including charcoal fires) within Yosemite below 6,000 feet in elevation. "Sierra" (twig) stoves are not permitted. Portable stoves using pressurized gas, liquid fuel or propane are permitted, as are alcohol stoves.
- No smoking below 6,000 feet except within an enclosed vehicle, a building in which smoking is allowed, a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, or in designated smoking area.
- Campfires and cooking fires may still be used in designated campgrounds, picnic areas, and residential areas in developed portions of the park in accordance with park regulations.
- Designated Campgrounds: Upper Pines, Lower Pine, North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek, Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, Porcupine Flat, and Tuolumne Meadows.
- Designated Picnic Areas: Lembert Dome, Tenaya Lake, Yosemite Creek, Wawona, Glacier Point, Cascade, El Capitan, Cathedral Beach, Sentinel Beach, Swinging Bridge, Church Bowl, and Lower Yosemite Falls.
There are no administrative exemptions to this order. This designation will remain in place until rescinded.
Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger. Cooperation in complying with these temporary restrictions is greatly appreciated.

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Dienstag, 8. August 2017, 22:12

alter schwede, hab durch die späte Schneeschmelze noch auf Fälle gehofft. Schade.
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Wawona is closed due to a fire

The Wawona area, including the Big Trees Lodge (formerly Wawona Hotel), is closed due to the South Fork Fire. Wawona Campground remains open.
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