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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It's also the only one that you can drive to, via Tioga Road, the main street of Yosemite's high country.
May Lake Camp, one of the two camps on the north side of Tioga Road, is dominated by Mt.
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.
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. It is a tough seven miles with an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet, but the views of the mountains are breathtaking.
From Yosemite Valley, you can drive the park's Tioga Road in two hours--but plan on a day.
Campers: Rather than vying for a spot in the crowded valley, try one of the campgrounds along Tioga Road. Yosemite Creek is first come, first served, blessedly quiet, and a 1-hour drive from the valley.
Tioga Road, generally open from late May to mid- November, brings the High Sierra close to your window.
If you happen to be too late, just head 20 miles up Tioga Road to Tamarack Flat to 52 nonreservable sites ($70).
Yosemite Creek--a large campground 5 miles up a bumpy winding road, off Tioga Road en route to Tuolumne Meadows--doesn't take reservations Your pine-shaded, creekside site will put you within an hour of Yosemite Valley and a half-hour of Tuolumne Meadows.
Traversed by the Tioga Road, which is peppered with trailheads, this central third of the park is uniquely accessible cross-section of the High Sierra.
The upper reaches--accessed mainly by Tioga Road, highest of the Sierra road crossings--contain hundreds of majestic peaks above 11,000 feet.