About a week ago we had some links and such to Inyo National Forest, Sequoia Kings Canyon, and also the Tahoe Basin management agencies with info on the current road, campground, snow, trail conditions. Here’s one we forgot to mention.
Yosemite National Park has gotten pretty much everything open as far as the roads go however crews are still cranking away at Tioga Pass. On their conditions page you’ll find the current road, campground, and wilderness conditions in addition to other info on peregrine falcon nesting closures on climbing routes. They’ve also got links to webcams, weather, and water flow levels of the Merced in the Valley among other more positive (ie nothing that says “closed”) info on flowers, waterfalls, etc…
Check this one out specifically for Tioga Pass plowing updates. As of now it looks like they have absolutely no tentative opening date.
as of May 26, 2011
As far as the high snow levels through out the Sierra I see this as good and bad.
Bad, because it limits access everywhere in the parks and forests so people are bummed they can’t get out and play. Good, because it limits access. Why would limiting access be good?
Well considering that the usage of our wildlands seems to be growing exponentially mother nature keeping people out gives these lands time to recover from all the impact. Whether you are a hardcore Leave No Tracer or that person doing donuts in the designated Wilderness all these impacts add up, some more than others obviously. However the nice thing about a huge winter is that we can’t argue back and break the rules imposed by mother nature like some people choose to with the federal agencies (pertaining to trailhead quotas for example). Besides if you really want to get out and are bummed about all the snow pushing back your backpacking trip, here’s a hot tip: get some skis or snowshoes! Experience that annual trip in a different light!
It’s a killer year for the Sierra High Route (Shepard Pass to Wolverton) or maybe take on the John Muir Trail over snow. Need some more ideas? Look into Moynier’s book “Backcountry Skiing in the High Sierra”. He’s got a ton of short and long length ski tours that would be an excellent replacement for that early season backpacking trip. And if you are 100% over the snow, well, you’ve always got the desert to explore. Ahhh, the beauty of California!
photo from espn.go.com - Nate Deschenes
And one last Tioga Pass update for you. Saw this one filed under “Snowboarding” on ESPN’s website. Maybe some more info for those looking to get out there!