Tioga Road

Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road

Address:c/o Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Web: www.nps.gov/yose/ Description:Crossing the valleys and ridges of Yosemite National Park, the byway offers spectacular views of towering granite peaks, pristine lakes, wildflower-covered meadows, and lush evergreen forests with Giant Sequoia groves. The highest automobile pass in California includes elevation changes of more than one mile from west to east. Highlights of the drive include the 9,945-foot Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadows, Crane and Big Oak Flat, the Merced and Tuolumne Sequoia Groves, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Grove, and Historic Wawona.
Legth: 64 miles. Start/Endpoint: Traverses Yosemite National Park in an east/west direction from SR 120 at Tioga Pass to the western entrance of the park at Big Oak Flat. Time to Allow: 1.5 - 2 hours Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (1996).

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Even in summer, even on a weekend in summer, when every trailhead along Tioga Road has collected a fringe of cars and the Valley is one massive RV rally and let's not think about the wait for a parking space at Bridalveil Fall or Glacier Point .
While the book focuses on the fifty-nine miles of the scenic Tioga Road that traverses the park's high country, its range covers the broader story of the entire region's geology, pre-history, historical development, and current challenges.
To get to this backcountry adventure outpost in winter you'll have to put on a pair of skis or snowshoes and make a two- to four-mile journey on the snow-covered Tioga Road from Highway 395.
Participants would assemble in Yosemite Valley, while flatbed wagons would grind up the Tioga road to Tuolumne Meadows bearing provender, a portable kitchen, tents, sleeping bags, and other equipment to feed and shelter the small army of mountaineers.
Vogelsang, the highest camp at 10,300 feet, is about seven miles from Tuolumne Meadows and the Tioga Road.
From Yosemite Valley, you can drive the park's Tioga Road in two hours--but plan on a day.
Lee Vining Canyon, off the Tioga Road near the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, provides some spectacular waterfall ice-climbing opportunities.
Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road (beyond Badger Pass ski area) are closed in winter, but otherwise the park is wide open, and beautiful, year-round.
The class sometimes starts at an easier ice wall near June Lake, but unseasonably warm weather has caused that one to disintegrate, so instruction is at the bigger frozen waterfall near the Tioga Road, just south of the town of Lee Vining.
Continue on Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows Campground and park.
The biggest disaster came in June, when longtime employee Barry Hance, 43, died when an avalanche buried his bulldozer as he cleared icy Tioga Road.