District 9 Seasonal Pass Status

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Crews removing snow from Tioga Pass
Crews removing snow from Tioga Pass

June 1, 2017 (updated about once per week)

State Route 120 west - Tioga Pass

Crews have removed snow up to ½ mile from the Yosemite National Park east entrance gate. The snowpack is estimated to be 12 to 15 feet at the entrance gate. There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time. Yosemite National Park is clearing Tioga Road which is inside the park boundary.

There is no estimated opening date for Tioga Pass.

For information on Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park go to: Yosemite National Park Tioga and Glacier Point Roads Plowing Update

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State Route 108 - Sonora Pass

Crews continue to remove snow and have reached the summit on the east side and are about 2 miles from the summit on the west side. The snowpack is estimated to be 12 to 15 feet on the highway.

There is no estimated opening date for Tioga Pass.

State Route 203 - From the Mammoth Mountain Parking Lot to Minaret Vista

Snow removal will begin on June 12, 2017.

There is no estimated opening date for Tioga Pass.

State Route 270 – Bodie Road – Opened May 15, 2017

State Route 89 – Monitor Pass – Opened May 8, 2017

State Route 168 West – Bishop Creek – Opened April 24, 2017

State Route 120 East – Mono Mills – Opened April 14, 2017

State Route 158 – June Lake Loop – Opened April 14, 2017

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are the historical opening dates for the Seasonal Passes?
  • Why does it take so long to open the roads?
    Road repairs, ditching, and brushing operations must occur once snow has melted back enough. The roads may also remain very icy even after they're plowed.

    Additionally, these are common causes for slow progress on the Tioga Road:
  • Avalanche zones Avalanche zones require careful work to insure the safety of personnel.
  • Heavy snow pack slows the whole operation.
  • Trees that have fallen across the road and been buried in the snow can cause substantial damage to equipment and result in a stop to all operations until they're cleared.
  • Rockfalls buried by the snow can cause substantial damage to the equipment and result in a stop to all operations.
  • Large boulders fall onto the roadway and must be blasted in order to be removed.
  • Snow storms during snow removal operations halt work for the safety of personnel.
  • Will I be able to ride a bicycle on Tioga Pass before it is open to cars?
    In some years, Tioga Pass may open for a limited period to bicycles prior to opening to cars. Any updates regarding pre-opening access on this highway will appear on this webpage. Unless otherwise posted here, the highway is closed to cyclists.

  • How can I drive to Yosemite from the east side of the Sierra when Tioga Pass is closed?
  • Tioga Pass (Highway 120 west through the park to Crane Flat) is usually closed from November through late May or early June. (View a list of opening and closing dates.)

    When the Tioga Pass is closed, alternate routes are available to get to various destinations.

    • Death Valley to Yosemite National Park
      Distance: 450 mi/720 km
      Time: 9 hours
      Take Highway 190 west to US 395; take US 395 south to its junction with Highway 14. Take Highway 14 south to Mojave. In Mojave, take Highway 58 to Bakersfield. From Bakersfield, head north on Highway 99 to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

    • Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park
      Distance: 495 mi/797 km
      Time: 8-10 hours
      Take I-15 west to Barstow; Highway 58 west to Bakersfield; take Highway 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno, take Highway 41 north into Yosemite National Park.

    • Bishop or Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite National Park
      Option 1
      Distance: 366 mi
      Time: 7.5 hours
      Take US Highway 395 north to SR 88; continue on SR 88 to SR 49. Take SR 49 south to SR 4. Turn right onto SR 4 to SR 108/SR 120. Continue on SR 120 east into Yosemite National Park.
      Option 2
      Distance: 427 mi
      Time: 7.5 hours
      Take US Highway 395 south to SR 14. Stay straight on SR 14 to SR 58 west; merge onto SR 58 west to SR 99 north. Merge onto SR 99 to SR 41, merge onto SR 41 east into Yosemite National Park.

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Phone: (760) 872-0601
FAX: (760) 872-0678

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California Department of Transportation
District 9
500 S. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514

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