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Hiking From Tioga Road to North Dome and Indian Arch

If I could sneak one more day of hiking in before Tioga Road closed, where would it be? A hike to North Dome with a side trip to Indian Arch sounded like the perfect plan. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.76 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 7,397′ – 8,366′ Date: November 14, 2017 Maps: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic ...

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First, Last And Only Supermoon Of ’17 (But More To Come)

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Overnight on Saturday, Dec. 2 we get to experience a supermoon — the first, last and only this year. When the moon reaches its full phase at the closest point to Earth along the satellite’s elliptical orbit, causing la luna to look bigger and about 30 percent brighter in the sky, that’s a supermoon — according to NASA. Precisely speaking, ...

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Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled In The Central Sierra

Contributed by Len McKenzie, YAAS — The arrival of December heralds a number of holiday traditions and festive celebrations. Among the traditions for birding enthusiasts is the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, when thousands of intrepid observers throughout the western hemisphere take to the field for one day to make a record of all the birds they see and hear. ...

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Yosemite’s Tioga And Glacier Point Roads Close For The Season

YOSEMITE — The Tioga and Glacier Point Roads in Yosemite National Park are closed for the season, say Park officials, due to hazardous driving conditions. Recent winter storm activity throughout Yosemite National Park has resulted in snow accumulation above 6,000 feet. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads close each fall, when snow and ice create hazardous driving conditions, and remain closed throughout the winter ...

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Body Of Missing Man Located In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park Rangers have positively identified the remains of Gerardo Cruz Hernandez, from Santa Barbara, Calif., who has been missing since last seen at Glacier Point on Nov. 17. When Hernandez was reported missing, Park Rangers, with the aid of search dogs and a CHP helicopter, launched an extensive search looking for him. The search has been ...

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Ski, Snowboard Instructors Needed For Youth At All Levels

Submitted by Mountain Area Ski School — MOUNTAIN AREA — Can you ski? Can you snowboard? Cooler temperatures and clouds over the Sierra crest are a reminder that winter is on its way, and with it the Mountain Area Ski School’s 56th year of ski and snowboard programs for our mountain area school students! “The Mountain Area Ski School (MASS) ...

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Hiking to Tuolumne Grove on the Old Big Oak Flat Road

Tuolumne Grove was one of the big stops that early travelers to Yosemite made. Imagine leaving Hodgdon’s Stage Station in the 1870s, then heading up through these huge trees. What a sight that must have been! And what a bumpy, dusty, dirty trip it was to get there as we learn from the words of those that made that trip ...

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Winter Weather Advisory For Yosemite

MOUNTAIN AREA — A series of Pacific storms will bring heavy rain, mountain snow, and strong winds to much of the western U.S. this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Snow is also forecast for high mountain passes Sunday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Sunday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. to Monday, Nov. 27 at 1 ...

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Young Man Reported Missing From Glacier Point In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Park officials are seeking the public’s help in locating a young man reported missing in Yosemite National Park. Gerardo Cruz Hernandez has not been seen for two days, and officials are requesting that if you were in the Glacier Point area on Wednesday, Nov. 22, or have any information about Gerardo, to please call 209-379-1992. Gerardo is a ...

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Green Friday: Family Hiking And Biking Around Yosemite

MOUNTAIN AREA — Togetherness is one of the simple ideals behind the Thanksgiving holiday and its ensuing weekend. Rather than eat, shop, and repeat, local lovers of the outdoors have a suggestion for the entire friends-and-family entourage: try a little Green Friday. As compared with the (when-did-it-become?) traditional Black Friday — a nearly-sacred day for those who love to shop ...

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