Yosemite National Park Winter Road Closures

by John Soares on December 17, 2008

Well, winter’s officially arrived, thanks to the recent storms that dumped the white stuff on the higher elevations of all of Northern California. The news from Yosemite National Park on road closures:

The Tioga Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles east of Lee Vining.)

When the Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. All other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open all year.

The Glacier Point Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. From approximately mid December through March, the first five miles of this road are open (to Badger Pass ski area). It is not possible to drive to Glacier Point when the Glacier Point Road is closed.

The Mariposa Grove Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November or December through sometime in April. The road closure begins at South Entrance. Limited parking is available at South Entrance and it is possible to walk, snowshoe, or ski on the closed road. (It’s two miles to the Mariposa Grove with an elevation gain of 500 feet; the road may be icy or snowy.)

Here’s a summary of the road conditions:

Wawona Road (Highway 41 from Fresno)
(Information about Highway 41 outside Yosemite)
Open
Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120 from Manteca/San Francisco)
(Information about Highway 120 outside Yosemite)
Open
El Portal Road (Highway 140 from Merced)
(Information about Highway 140 outside Yosemite)
Open
Hetch Hetchy Road (open 8 am to 5 pm) Open
Mariposa Grove Road Closed
Glacier Point Road Closed
Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park) Closed

And here’s a road map of Yosemite National Park:

Yosemite National Park road map

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