Yosemite Valley, CA– All trails previously closed in the areas of Harden Lake and Vernon Lake in Yosemite National Park are now reopened. These include all trails to Pate Valley from White Wolf and the Tiltill Valley Trail Junction to Lake Vernon. The trails had been closed since mid-August due to two lightening caused fires.
Visitors in the area are urged to be aware that branches of trees may be weak due to the fire activity. Visitors are also advised to be aware of burning snags and logs that may still be present in the areas of the previously burning fires. The Slope Fire and the Vernon Fires were both located in Yosemite Wilderness and posed no threat to park facilities. The fires were managed by Yosemite Fire Crews for ecological benefits.
According to Yosemite National Park officials, fire is a natural part of the ecosystem. It reduces dead vegetation, stimulates new growth, and improves habitat for wildlife.