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Samstag, 30. Oktober 2021, 16:13

California's record rain re-ignites Yosemite's famed 'firefall'

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Some visitors to Yosemite National Park this week were delighted to see a glowing ribbon of water that looked like molten lava cascade down Horsetail Fall on El Capitan.
Horsetail Fall doesn't usually flow at this time of year, but the recent severe storms that swept through the area brought it surging back to life and created the phenomenon known as a "firefall."
The "firefall" usually occurs on clear evenings in late February when the setting sun shines through the fall at just the right angle. The event is such a big attraction that Yosemite required online reservations earlier this year to limit crowds.
Park officials said in a Facebook post on Monday that the Yosemite Valley got more than 6 inches of rain in a 36-hour period and that a few feet of snow fell at higher elevations.
Edgar Le, who was visiting from Rochester, New York, told CNN it was "extraordinary" to see the "firefall" on Tuesday while hiking near the Yosemite Lodge.
"Like looking at a stream of lava purging down from the top of the El Capitan," he said. "Seeing the Firefall is more than a miracle to me as a landscape photographer."
San Francisco creative director and photographer Scott Oller heard the "firefall" might be visible on Tuesday, so he left work at about 1 p.m. and made the drive to Yosemite. He told CNN that he got there with about 45 minutes to spare.
Oller said he saw the "firefall" for the first time in February after several failed attempts in previous years.
"The "firefall" is one of the most surreal things I've ever seen," Oller said. "It's almost like watching a total solar eclipse or something, you just freeze up in awe."
He said he found a pullout area about 2,000 feet from Horsetail fall where he could park and get out his gear.
There were only about 10 other people there, which is a lot less crowded than his previous trips.
"In the winter there's just an endless sea of tripods," Oller said.
Oller said that many of the people he saw seemed to be surprised tourists who pulled over their cars because they were amazed by what they were seeing.
"It seems unbelievable that that could even happen and it just keeps getting better and better as the minutes go by," Oller said. "The light turns from gold to fiery orange to a faint pink. It's unreal."
The heavy rain also caused water to roar over the 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls.

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Mittwoch, 3. November 2021, 21:07

After lucking out in the lottery for a permit to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome, this photographer made these stunning images

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Dienstag, 23. November 2021, 20:34

Glacier Point Road Project - 2022 and 2023

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Glacier Point Road will be closed to all traffic in 2022 to rehabilitate and improve the road. The only access to Glacier Point will be via the Four Mile, Panorama, and Pohono Trails, all of which are strenuous hikes. There will be 30-minute delays in 2023.

The existing roadway was completed in 1936, replacing the original wagon road built in 1882. This area attracts high volumes of traffic year-round because it provides access to Bridalveil Creek Campground, Glacier Point, the Badger Pass Ski Area, and numerous trailheads.



Frequently Asked Questions

What road closures will take place?
Construction will take place from spring through fall in 2022 and 2023, unless unforeseen weather extends the project. There will be a full road closure from spring through fall 2022 and 30-minute delays in 2023.

What work will take place with this project?
In addition to pulverizing and paving the entire road from Badger Pass to Glacier Point, intensive road repair would take place in the following key areas:
Repair curves on the road leading down to Glacier Point. This road segment contains steep and narrow hairpin curves that drop 600 feet in elevation in about 1.6 miles. Currently large vehicles cross the double-yellow centerline to navigate the curves.
Address safety hazards at the scenic overlook viewing the Clark Range by improving the pullout.
Repair road areas west of Summit Meadow to prevent the continued settlement of the roadway.
Pave the overflow parking area at the Sentinel Dome trailhead. Current off pavement parking is damaging fragile resources in this high-elevation habitat. This parking area will continue to accommodate the same number of vehicles. Additionally, new accessible vault toilets will be installed at the parking area.
Formalize the McGurk Meadow Trailhead parking area to increase safety.
Repave the Glacier Point parking area. Additionally, two new concrete staircases will be built to connect the upper and lower parking areas and one additional oversize vehicle space will be created.

Why does the road need to be closed?
If the road is not closed completely the first year, it could take an extra year to complete the project, with significant extra cost. Keeping the road open would also jeopardize visitor and worker safety, as the public would traverse narrow roads with steep drop-offs and other hazards. Contractors would complete the large safety repairs the first year, some of which require five-foot deep excavations across the road for thousands of linear feet. The park carefully considered other alternatives to avoid a complete closure the first year.

How will the road closure affect programming at Glacier Point?
There will be no Glacier Point interpretive programs or other special programs such as the symphony and Starry Sky Programs in 2022. All programs will resume in 2023.

Can I hike on the road during construction?
The Four Mile Trail, Pohono Trail, and Panorama Trail will remain open both years, though hikers must stay outside of work zones. Trailheads along the Glacier Point Road will be closed in 2022 and hikers must access trails from connecting trails and trailheads outside the Glacier Point Road corridor. All trails in the southern section of the park will remain open.

Can I bike along the road during construction?
Biking will not be allowed on the Glacier Point Road during construction to protect the safety of bicylists and workers.

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