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Virtual Yosemite: Tioga Road Aspens

Image of aspen trees from Virtual Yosmite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node299 With oncoming winter weather and expected snows, Tioga Road was finally closed for the season this past week. Depending on the length and depth of winter snows ahead, it will likely reopen in May or June of next year. When it is open, traveling eastward down Tioga Road from Tioga Pass ...

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Hiking Through Snowy Merced Grove

I can’t resist the way that snow looks contrasted with Giant Sequoias, so I headed up to Merced Grove for a half day. Yosemite National Park has 3 Giant Sequoia Groves and some say that Merced Grove is the least visited. It was a very nice hike down the historic Old Coulterville Road to check out the 20 or so ...

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Virtual Yosemite: First Snows of the Season at Yosemite Valley’s Leidig Meadow

Image of Leidig Meadow in Yosemite Valley

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node305 The first snow of the season in Yosemite can sometimes arrive while fall colors are still on display. Such was the case this first weekend of November, 2020, as seen above in a view from Leidig Meadow. The snow beautifully highlights the textures of the granite peaks surrounding Yosemite Valley, while ...

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Hiking to Conness Lakes Before Tioga Road Closed

A storm was on the way that would close Tioga Road but would it close for a short period or for the season? I wasn’t about to miss the opportunity to visit some of the higher country in the Tioga Pass area while I could get there so I headed up to the glacial fed Conness Lakes as they were ...

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Forest Service Grants Veterans and Gold Star Families Free Access to National Forests and Grasslands

The free benefit will take effect on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2020, and will continue indefinitely, providing veterans and Gold Star Families with unfettered access to the public land and waters for which they fought. “This country is deeply indebted to the dedicated men and women who have served in the military, and to the families of those who made ...

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Yosemite Wilderness Updates

Yosemite National Park – Nov 13, 2020 –  Yosemite is experiencing much needed winter weather conditions, with snow impacting all four wildfires this past week. This will be the final update on the following incidents unless significant change occurs. Road closures are in effect due to weather and snow. Trail closures remain in effect until further notice. Residual smoke may ...

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Hiking the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail With a Bear

I had a three bear day while I snuck in some exercise checking out fall color on the Yosemite Valley Loop. Yellow Black Oaks and Maples, along with Red Dogwoods reflected along the Merced River! Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.12 milesDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,869′ – 4,105′Date: November 4, 2020Maps: El Capitan and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic QuadDog Hike? NoHorseback Trail? ...

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Virtual Yosemite: Eastern Sierra Fall Color at June Lake Loop

Image take from Virtual Yosemite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node296. Among California’s best locations to experience fall color is the June Lake area, just outside the eastern border of Yosemite National Park. The June Lake Loop (CA Highway 158) runs through the town of June Lake, and along a handful of popular recreational lakes. These lakes, and the rivers that join ...

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Virtual Yosemite: El Cap Meadow

Image of El Cap Meadow from Virtual Yosemite.

For the interactive 360° VR experience, go to https://www.virtualyosemite.org/virtual-tour/#node302 Fall color comes to Yosemite in many ways, beyond just the changing leaves of the cottonwood, maple, dogwood, oak, and aspen trees here. Here in El Cap Meadow, on the edge of an afternoon shadow from Cathedral Rocks, grasses turn golden brown and deciduous trees near the Merced River add to ...

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Visit Yosemite Madera County

Weather Report11.03.20          11.03.20 Daily Conditions Report Visit Yosemite Madera County Wawona Road Work Crews are working on a slide stabilization project located approximately 1-mile north of the Wawona Campground.  As part of this stabilization there will be two 4-hour closures each day with a 1-hour opening period between the two 4-hour closures. These closures will extend ...

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