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Planned Opening Of Tioga Pass

Highway 120 Tioga Pass will reopen for the season this morning.

Yosemite National Park Spokesperson Jamie Richards was Thursday’s KVML “Newsmaker of the Day”.

You can start driving over the pass at 8 AM on Thursday. Richards notes that only limited services will be available over the next several weeks from the Tioga Pass entrance station to Crane Flat. There is no drinking water, food service, lodging or mobile phone service initially (including 911). The only campground that will be open is the Tamarack, and it is on a first-come-first-served basis. It typically fills up early in the day.

Richards adds that anyone planning to hike or backpack near Tuolumne Meadows, and in all high elevation areas of Yosemite, should be prepared for winter hiking and camping conditions.

Meanwhile, Highway 108 Sonora Pass is already back open following the heavy winter, and it remains unclear when Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass will reopen.

The “Newsmaker of the Day” is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML.