Sunday, May 23, 2010

Slow progress

The Mariposa Grove Road has opened to all traffic, though there's still snow aplenty in the upper grove. Glacier Point legend Dick Ewart is helping out in the Wawona Visitor Center while he waits for visitors to be allowed out to Glacier Point. The point still needs two feet of snow shoveled off of walkways. The Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead area still has 4 feet of snow; it'll be easy to get lost with those trails being buried. We got a bit of snow on the Valley rim last night. The cool and clouds dropped the Merced volume at Pohono Bridge down from 3500 cfs a few days ago, to below 2000.
The startling red snowplant is seen throughout the Valley floor now. Blackberries are blooming in El Portal, along with plentiful tarweed, lupine, blazing star, and elderberry. Still the invasive pink clover owns some of the roadsides.


  1. all this snow makes for a great spring and probably one of the best summer seasons in ages.

  2. We learned on Friday (May 21) that our reservation for Tuolumne Meadows tent cabins on June 14 & 15 was canceled because the amount of snow will prevent it being opened at that time. Fortunately, we were able to make alternative reservations in the Valley.

  3. Pete, Thank you so much for taking your time to do these blog pages. I always look forward to reading them. I will be visiting Yosemite July 3-9, 2010. I can't wait. Take Care and keep the updates coming.