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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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Freitag, 10. Dezember 2021, 21:35

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Yosemite Closing Tioga/Glacier Passes For Season

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All the Mountain Passes are currently closed due to the winter storm currently blowing through and one will not be reopening any time soon.
With significant snowfall, last night and throughout today Yosemite National Park spokesperson Scott Gediman relays, “We are announcing today the basically season-ending closures of Tioga [Highway 120 Tioga Pass] and Glacier Point roads.”
Those roads are generally closed between November and May, but the exceptionally dry fall has allowed them to remain open longer than usual. Tioga Pass has been closed since mid-November with some icy patches remaining on the roadway from a storm that included an atmospheric river, setting rain records. Glacier Point Road had reopened but was closed yesterday (Dec.8) due to the current inclement weather. Regarding the amount of snow accumulation, Gediman added, “The snow levels depended. We got a couple of inches reported at Tuolumne Meadows and a dusting in Yosemite Valley. It’s nice to get precipitation and we’re expecting significant storms to come in this weekend and into next week.”
As reported here earlier this week, Caltrans officials have not made a decision on whether to close Highway 108 Sonora pass or Highway 4 Ebbetts pass for the winter season and say they will make that decision after inspecting those roadways after the current and incoming storms blow through.

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Mittwoch, 23. Februar 2022, 21:06

Yosemite National Park Implements a Temporary Peak-Hours Reservation System Beginning Friday, May 20, 2022

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Yosemite National Park – Beginning Friday, May 20, Yosemite National Park will implement a temporary peak hours reservation system. Building on lessons learned during the summer reservation systems in 2020 and 2021, the peak hours reservation system is designed to spread visitation out and reduce chronic congestion in the park.
Park visitors will need a reservation to enter the park between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. seven days a week. Visitors entering the park outside of the peak hours are not required to have a reservation.
“A visit to Yosemite should be about enjoying the beautiful granite-lined landscape, not sitting in gridlock,” said Yosemite National Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon. “Yosemite visitors deserve a high-quality experience in this magnificent place. Our goal with the peak hours system is to ease overcrowding during the busiest times this summer while still offering access for all.”
The park will benefit from multiple major Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and other infrastructure improvement projects in 2022 to repair roads, trails, campgrounds, visitor facilities, and utility systems. This work will involve the closure of several park areas and impact traffic circulation. For example, the Glacier Point Road, Tuolumne Meadows Campground, Crane Flat Campground, and other sites will be closed for extensive repairs throughout 2022.
The peak hours reservation system will be in effect through September 30, 2022, and reservations will be required for all users, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days. Reservations are available on www.recreation.gov beginning at 8 a.m. on March 23, 2022. Each peak hours reservation is valid for one vehicle and the occupants of that vehicle.
Visitors who enter the park before 6 a.m. or after 4 p.m. will be required to pay the park entrance fee and that pass is valid for three days outside of peak hours.
Peak hours reservations are included for all visitors staying overnight in the park. This includes reservations for The Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village, Wawona Hotel, Housekeeping Camp, and NPS-managed campgrounds. Peak hours reservations are also included for all visitors with wilderness and Half Dome permits and visitors entering the park via YARTS buses and on permitted commercial tours.
“Yosemite’s visitation affects our gateway communities in so many ways,” said Muldoon. “We are grateful for the helping hand our community partners have extended to make this system work better for all.”

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Dienstag, 3. Mai 2022, 22:09

The Green Dragons are running again in Yosemite Valley.

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The Green Dragons are running again in Yosemite Valley. The tour shuttles were shut down for a couple of years due to the pandemic.

The two-hour Yosemite Valley floor tour is a great way to see the beauties of the national park while also learning about its natural and cultural history.

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Dienstag, 17. Mai 2022, 23:06

Cable permits to hike up Half Dome in Yosemite National Park now available

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The cables at Half Dome are going up in Yosemite National Park starting this week.

Officials say the cables will open for the season Thursday, May 19.
Guests will need to get a permit in advance before hiking Half Dome. The first wave of permits for the season is available starting Tuesday.

Visitors wishing to hike up Half Dome can register for a permit at www.recreation.gov. The permits are available two days in advance.

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Reservations will be needed to enter Yosemite National Park during peak hours starting Friday.

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Reservations will be needed to enter Yosemite National Park during peak hours starting Friday.
The peak-hour reservation system will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 20 through Sept. 30 due to many Yosemite construction projects and a temporary reduction in parking.
Peak-hour reservations can be purchased at recreation.gov for $2, required in addition to normal park entrance fees – including for those with annual passes and other special entrance passes.
Over half of the peak-hour reservations that went on sale in March were still available last month. The remaining 30% are being sold daily, seven days in advance of a desired entry.
Entrance reservations are not needed for those entering the popular park in California outside of peak hours. They also aren’t needed for visitors with lodging or camping reservations inside Yosemite, people with Yosemite wilderness or Half Dome permits, Hetch Hetchy visitors, or residents of mountain communities near Yosemite who just want to drive through the park.

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Mittwoch, 8. Juni 2022, 22:12

Extraordinary Rainbow Waterfall in Yosemite National Park Captured on Video

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Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2022, 21:24

Vandals tags 30 Yosemite National Park sites with graffiti

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Yosemite National Park officials are seeking anyone who may have witnessed vandals tag more than 30 sites in the California park with graffiti.
Vandals last month used white and blue spray paint to draw on boulders and other sites along the Yosemite Falls Trail, park officials said in a Facebook post Sunday.
On May 20, at approximately 8:15 p.m., park rangers received multiple reports of vandalism along the trail. When they assessed the damage the next day, they found more than two dozen places where graffiti had been spray-painted, officials said.
The smallest graffiti measured 1 foot by 1 foot, but most were 3 feet by 3 feet, and a few were larger than 8 feet by 8 feet, they said.
Photos posted on social media show rocks tagged with the word "Fresno" and other illegible writings.
Park officials are asking anyone who was on the trail to the top of Yosemite Falls on May 20 and who saw people carrying cans of spray paint and tagging the area to contact the National Park Service.

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