2012-04-19 / Front Page

Spring has sprung in Yosemite

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

 As the temperatures warm, more and more signs of a bustling spring are becoming apparent in Yosemite National Park.

The waterfalls are starting to run, and more people are flocking to the Park. To accommodate them, a number of services reopen today.

The Valley Stables will be open for business beginning today. The Big Trees Shuttle from the Wawona Store to the Parking Lot is now operating on the weekends. The Curry Village Tour Booth also open as of today. Hours of operation will be daily 7:30 a.m. to  3 p.m.

Glacier Point Road opens at 5 p.m. this evening, but the Tioga Road (Highway 120) remains closed. There is currently no projected opening date.

Tuolumne Meadows rangers have issued the final report of the 2012 winter season, as well. A cold storm came through on April 13 and left 16 inches of snow at Tuolumne Meadows and over two feet of snow in the higher elevations. Powder skiing has rapidly evolved into spring snow since then as sunny warm days and cold nights have transformed the snowpack.

"The snowpack is shrinking fast and if you want to enjoy the Tuolumne area with snow you better come soon," Rangers Laura and Rob Pilewski wrote in their report. 

Bare patches are showing up on the Tioga Road within the Park, and the east side of Tioga Pass is snow free from the Park boundary to the gate at the bottom of Lee Vining Canyon. 

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