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Yosemite Visitors Encouraged To Delay Arrival On Friday

YOSEMITE — Visitors planning to visit Yosemite National Park on Friday, Feb. 10, are encouraged to delay arrival until after noon due to overnight storm activity. Storm systems coming through Yosemite National Park are expected to result in heavy rain. Water and debris may be washed into roadways, say park officials. The El Portal Road (Highway 140), Wawona Road (Highway ...

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One-Way Traffic Control On Highway 41 Near Yosemite

FISH CAMP — Following recent storms and ahead of more wet weather on the way tonight, CHP reports that Highway 41 is compromised in the Fish Camp area just south of Yosemite National Park’s south gate. One way traffic control is currently in place due to a washout in the southbound lane. The lane is closed due to the severe erosion ...

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Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120) in Yosemite National Park is Open

YOSEMITE — The Big Oak Flat Road in Yosemite National Park (Hwy 120) has reopened to all vehicular traffic following a rockfall that occurred on Sunday morning, Feb. 5, say park officials. Visitors are urged to drive with caution along the road, as there is the possibility of more mud and debris entering the roadway. Water and debris remain on ...

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Yosemite Rockfall Year in Review: 2016

YOSEMITE — Rockfall activity in 2016 was slightly lower than in previous years, with 58 documented events (rockfalls and rockslides) and a cumulative volume of about 5,000 cubic meters (roughly 15,000 tons). Nevertheless, many of these rockfalls were consequential, impacting park infrastructure and affecting park visitors, employees, and residents. The year got off to a quick start with a rockfall ...

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Short Runs, Long Walks, And Hiking With Weights

I’ve been doing a lot of outdoor workouts of late, squeezing them in between bouts of rain, sleet and hail (thank you weather radar!). It’s been a while since I’ve be running and my body doesn’t feel quite ready for a lot of distance yet, so I’ve gone back to a trick from my hiking days in Salt Lake City. ...

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Chain Control In Place On Mountain Roads

CENTRAL SIERRA – Anyone taking to the mountain highways over the weekend should avoid any unwanted delays by making sure there are traction devices in their vehicle. Chain control is now in place on Highway 41 from three miles north of Coarsegold (the bottom of Deadwood) to Yosemite National Park (R2 – see below). The location could change as conditions warrant. ...

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New Winter Storm Warning For Yosemite And Central Sierra

CENTRAL SIERRA — The National Weather Service office in Hanford has issued a new Winter Storm Warning for the southern Sierra Nevada from Yosemite National Park to the Tulare-Kern County Line. Two feet of new snow accumulations or more can be expected above 7,000 feet, while snow levels are predicted to drop to as low as 4,000 feet. A Winter Storm ...

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Temporary Road Closures In Yosemite

EL PORTAL — The El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite National Park is closed again today to all traffic following a rockfall, according to YNP. The Big Oak Flat Road is temporarily closed due to plowing operations. The Badger Pass road is closed, temporarily, as well. Highway 140 was closed in the same area on January 10, and subsequently reopened, ...

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Ice Rink, Nordic Center Open In Yosemite

YOSEMITE — Good news if you want to head down into the valley for some truly classic wintertime activity. The Half Dome Village Ice Rink is now open for the 2016-17 season. The new seasonal ice rink is located on the eastern section of Half Dome Village in the main parking area, with stunning views of Half Dome. According to ...

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Bird Lovers Invited To Join The Christmas Bird Count

CENTRAL SIERRA — Bird lovers, photographers and anyone interested in the enjoying the variety of bird species in the Central Sierra are invited to join the National Audubon Society’s 117th Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is an annual international bird census that began on Christmas Day in 1900, and now takes place in more than 1,500 locations throughout the ...

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