And here is the update from Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese. Gerrish / Chung Death Investigation Update. The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of the Gerrish / Chung family. Detectives are working closely with toxicologist, environmental specialist, the FBI and other specialists. Bridalveil Fall has very low flow and Yosemite Falls is dry. Bears: Bears are very active throughout the park! Be sure to store your food properly and to remain at least 50 yards from bears in forest and meadows. Fire & Smoke: Yosemite air quality is being affected by fires elsewhere in the region; expect periods of hazy or smoky conditions.
The biggest question of the year in Yosemite is always “When will Tioga Pass Open?” This can be difficult to answer as it it typically based on how much snow has fallen the previous winter over the pass. Check here to see the plowing update for this season.
This is the high country, nearly inaccessible in winter, when heavy snows blanket the road and freeze the rivers.
In the spring and summer months, winter melts away and the meadows bloom. The waters of Tenaya Lake and the Tuolumne River soak up the heat of the sun, inviting you to swim, fish, and hike along their banks.
Spot flowering purple lupine and bright yellow monkey’s paw and slide otter-like through river rapids in Tuolumne Meadows. Lay out on sun-warmed granite slabs, or get your heart rate up scaling Lembert Dome. On your way up the Tioga Road, pull over at the Olmsted Point overlook to see the Valley laid out beneath your feet.
Splash in the Tuolumne River or dip into Dog, Tenaya, and May lakes. Away from the bustle of the Valley, wildlife makes frequent appearances on the shore.
The high country also offer exceptional hiking trails. The High Sierra Camps, accessible from Tuolumne Meadows, are a favorite with backpackers.
From the Valley, take Hwy 120 towards Big Oak Flat Road and turn off at Tioga Road (Hwy 120 East). Follow the Tioga Road to Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows.
The Tioga Road (Highway 120 through the park, from Crane Flat to Tioga Pass) is usually closed from November through late May or early June. (View a list of opening and closing dates.)
When the Tioga Road is closed, alternate routes are available to get to various destinations.
Lee Vining/Mono Lake, Mammoth Lakes
Distance: 390 miles/624 km, 410 miles/656 km
Time: 8 hours
Travel north on US 395 to Minden; take Highway 757 west to Highway 206 south to Highway 207 north to US 50 west.
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.
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.
Lake Tahoe and Reno
Distance: 315 mi/507 km (Reno)
Time: 8 hours
Take I-80 or I-50 west to Sacramento; take Highway 99 south to Highway 120 east (Manteca) or Highway 140 east (Merced) into Yosemite National Park.
Visit our Travel Tools page to find tips on when to go, entrance gate information, and mileage charts.
Plan your route with our interactive map to include the best roadside attractions, lodging, dining, and more!
September 10, 2021 - Yosemite National Park Fire Update for Friday, September 10, 2021.
Tiltill Fire is now 2,323 acres 90% contained. Smoke will be seen from the Hetch Hetchy area.
Cold Fire, no change 8 acres 90%
Piute Fire, no change 3 acres 90%
County Line and Lukens, no change , still showing signs of interior burning and smoke will be seen along Tioga Road and high country vistas.
Mirror fire discovered September 9. One half acre contained near Snow Creek and Tenaya Creek, Mirror Lake. Cause is under investigation. All trails are open.
Major amounts of lightning throughout the Park and west of the Park from last night's storm. Fire managers will be assessing the impacts of this storm, but it is anticipated new fire starts will be discovered from this storm. More lightning is expected today.
One new fire has been discovered near Ackerson Creek between the Park Boundary and Aspen Valley. The Ackerson Creek Fire is 3 acres and is burning in the Rim Fire footprint. Fire crews are on this fire and are engaged in full suppression.