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You Can’t Get There from Here–Without a Reservation

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK REQUIRES DAY-USE PASS TO ENTER PARK OAKHURST – You’ve planned a trip to Yosemite. It’s on your bucket list.  All your gear’s together, maps, reservations at a local hotel outside the park. You’ve done a bit of research on where to go and what to do. You’re all set, or so you think. You reach the park, ...

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Weather Update for the Weekend: Flood Watch Alert

MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — From the National Weather Service, Hanford CA, at 12:45 p.m., Oct. 21, 2021. FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING FOR THE CREEK FIRE, SQF COMPLEX, FRENCH FIRE, KNP COMPLEX AND WINDY FIRE BURN SCARS. An intense band of precipitation will move through between late Sunday morning and Monday evening. Periods of moderate ...

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Hiking From Tuolumne Meadows To Dog Lake

Smoky reflections in a lake named for a sheepdog and her puppies, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, fishless lakes, and Tuolumne Meadows Campground’s closure played starring roles in my blog this week. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 5.76 Miles (About 5.2 Miles from the trailhead at the parking lot up to and around the lake)Difficulty: Easy to ModerateElevation Range: 8,583′ – 9,189′Elevation ...

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Air Quality Alert Due to Wildfire Smoke

Mountain Communities – Smoke infiltration from the Windy and KNP Complex fires in Tulare County combined with high pressure and poor dispersion have prompted air quality officials in the San Joaquin Valley to issue an Air Quality Alert. Smoke is expected to continue to impact the San Joaquin Valley through Monday, October 4, when a low-pressure system moving over the ...

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Update Mariposa Sheriff’s Office – Gerrish / Chung Investigation

Mariposa – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of the Gerrish / Chung family. Detectives are working closely with toxicologist, environmental specialist, the FBI and other specialists. “We respect and understand the need for information and details regarding this case. Our current priorities remain supporting and informing the Gerrish / Chung family during this tragic time. ...

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Cascadel Mutual Water Company Board of Directors Announces New Officers

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CASCADEL WOODS — The new slate of directors for Cascadel Mutual Water Company [CMWC] was announced at the September 25 board meeting. The 2021–2022 board of directors includes longtime board members and one new director: • Stan Eggink, President • Ed Rose, Vice President • Steve Johansen, Treasurer • Ken Trapp, Secretary • Michael Delaney, Director of Communications The board ...

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Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite Welcomes Brett Archer as General Manager

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FISH CAMP — Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite has named Brett Archer as general manager of the 352 room resort located at Yosemite National Park’s south gate and set on 75 forested acres featuring the main lodge, cottages and its two-bedroom Explorer Cabins, which opened in summer 2019. Archer joins Tenaya Lodge from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, where he ...

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Hiking to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

It had been a while since I had hiked to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp but I had fond memories of this beautiful camp nestled against high peaks. Closed for a few years, I needed to pay it another visit. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 15.8 Miles (About 14.2 Miles from the Tuolumne Meadows Campground Trailhead)Difficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 8,588′ – ...

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Yosemite Gateway Partners to Hold Fall Quarterly Meeting and Panel Discussion

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YOSEMITE — On October 14, the YGP Fall Quarterly Meeting will feature a panel discussion with the leaders of your local Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO’s) representing Tuolumne, Madera, Mono and Mariposa Counties. Due to Covid-19, the past two years have been difficult in balancing the opening and closing of regional spaces with the need for visitation to be handled in ...

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North Goat Mountain Fuel Break Project Beginning Soon

Hazardous Fuels Reduction on Sierra National Forest Lands OAKHURST — The North Goat Mountain Fuel Break Project is set to begin on Monday, September 27th, treating the public lands southwest of the Bass Lake Basin, on the Goat Mountain ridge within the US Forest Service Bass Lake Ranger District. In partnership with the Sierra National Forest, Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and ...

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Sierra National Forest Fire Restrictions

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST – Pursuant to 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a), and to provide for public safety and protect natural resources, the following acts are prohibited within the Sierra National Forest. This Order is effective from September 23, 2021, through November 15, 2021. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. 36 C.F.R. ...

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