yosemite lost hikers rescued

Nice work to a minimal NPS staff, and the Yosemite Search & Rescue team for saving two lives yesterday. After a couple of hikers lost the trail in snow they strayed far off route, and deep down into a technical mountain terrain gulley. Descending to the edge of a large cliff & unable to climb out of the steep rock gully the lost stranded hikers made an emergency cell phone call for help. That 911 call started a late night search for a team to go out in technical terrain during a heavy rain storm. The next morning during daylight hours the rescuers were able to locate the stranded hikers & 550 feet of rope was used to reach them in the steep gulley. Fortunately the rescue team was able to extract the hikers to the top of a ridge where a CHP helicopter could hoist them off the mountain before the next storm system closed in.
The Yosemite National Park emergency response team consisted of unpaid NPS employees during a government shutdown.

yosemite roads back open

Update: 8:55 A.M. Per Yosemite phone line:

Roads Open
-Highway 140 and El Portal Road from Midpines to Yosemite Valley

-Wawona Road (Hwy 41) from Wawona to Yosemite Valley
Click here for more information on Highway 41: Access to Yosemite National Park will be Limited Along the Highway 41 Corridor Due to the Lapse in Federal Appropriations – Visitors Without Reservations to Use Highway 140 Through Mariposa

-Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 from the west) from Big Oak Flat Entrance to Foresta.

Highway 140, in Mariposa County is Now Reopened to Yosemite National Park

 
Highway 140, in Mariposa County is Now Reopened to Yosemite National Park
 
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 highway 140 mariposa county merced river canyon credit caltrans
Highway 140 in the Merced River Canyon in Mariposa County
Credit: Caltrans

January 17, 2019 - MARIPOSA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol re-opened State Route 140 (SR-140) in and near the Ferguson Fire burn scar just after 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

 
SR-140, which was shut down just after 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, was closed for more than 11 hours. This was due to an ongoing storm that impacted the roadway.

The closure was implemented for the sake of public safety.

The closure took place for approximately 17 miles from Bear Creek near Midpines to Foresta Road in El Portal – approximately 4 miles west of the Yosemite National Park entrance.

Crews hauled away approximately 50 yards of rock and other debris from the roadway and are working on clearing a plugged culvert (underground drainage structure). There was also debris flow across the road at or near the Yosemite National Park entrance.

Yosemite storm 1/16/19

Yosemite is forecast to receive up to about five inches of rain and two to three feet of higher-elevation snow tonight through tomorrow (January 16–17).

As a result, all roads leading to Yosemite Valley will be closed before midnight tonight (January 16):

-Highway 140 and El Portal Road from Midpines to Yosemite Valley
-Wawona Road (Hwy 41) from Wawona to Yosemite Valley
-Big Oak Flat Road (Hwy 120 from the west) from Big Oak Flat Entrance to Foresta. (Access will be possible between Yosemite Valley and Foresta, conditions permitting.)

Note: Highway 140 between Midpines and El Portal will close at 7 pm.

These closures will last until further notice. Within Yosemite, road crews will evaluate roads on Thursday morning.

Be prepared for additional road closures and tire chain requirements. Call 209/372-0200 (then 1, 1) to check road conditions inside Yosemite and 800/427-7623 for conditions outside Yosemite.

Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will be closed on Thursday.

Yosemite Shutdown 1/10/19

Yosemite Shutdown 1/10/19

 

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Thursday, January 03, 2019 05:40PM

YOSEMITE, Calif. --

Nearly two weeks after the federal government shut down, visitors at Yosemite National Park are taking it upon themselves to maintain the trails.

Although they originally planned to hike, the Mijarez family decided to pitch in and help with some of the dirty work after arriving at the park.

"We saw some other people picking up trash so we decided why not," Julian Mijarez said. "We're going to be hiking and walking and want to keep the park beautiful."

In the past couple of days, dozens of volunteers have gone through the trails and picked up pounds of trash. The volunteer effort comes after visitors had to deal with overflowing trash cans and several bathrooms that were closed because of the impact of human waste.

Ken Yager organizes a yearly cleanup called Yosemite Facelift and also organized this recent cleanup effort.

"Part of the problem is that trash cans fill up and then, people set bags of trash beside it," Yager said on Thursday. "Problem is animals get a hold of it, start ripping into it cause there's food in that trash. It gets spread out all over the woods."

On Wednesday, park officials announced they were limiting access into Yosemite from Highway 41, and they also closed several areas and campgrounds because of public safety and health issues. Most visitors ABC30 spoke to said the cleanup crews must be doing a decent job, because they aren't noticing the impacts of the shutdown.

"I was worried about the park , it doesn't seem like it was having too big of an effect but I am worried about the trash that can be built up and the bathroom effect," said visitor Kevin Perry.

Yosemite  Government Shutdown  1/10/19

Yosemite  Government Shutdown  1/10/19

Yosemite 
Below is a list of services and facilities that are open or closed. Visitor services may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. We are not be able to update road and weather information.

Emergency Services
In case of emergency, dial 911 for emergency services. Response time may be increased. The Yosemite Medical Clinic remains open during normal operating hours and days: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays (which includes December 24 and 25, and January 1).

Roads
Roads normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting, including Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41), El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 from the west), and the Badger Pass Road. Roads may close in the event of a natural event such as snow storm, rockfall, fallen trees, etc. Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road (beyond the ski area), and Mariposa Grove Road are closed for the season. Hetch Hetchy Road is also closed.

Wawona Road (Highway 41) Restrictions
Park rangers will screen incoming vehicles at South Entrance from 9 am to 6 pm, allowing only those with a reservation for lodging or camping inside the park to proceed. All others will be asked to enter Yosemite via Highway 140. Local residents and guests staying in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite West, and Wawona will be allowed to enter via South Entrance.

Visitors planning to visit the Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area will be asked to enter the park via Highway 140.

Yosemite Government Shutdown 12.22.18

Operations During Yosemite Government Shutdown 12.22.18
 

Below is a list of services and facilities that are open or closed. Visitor services may be diminished or areas may be closed due to environmental, public safety, or other unknown factors. We are not be able to update road and weather information.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency, dial 911 for emergency services. Response time may be increased. The  Yosemite Medical Clinic remains open during normal operating hours and days: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays (which includes December 24 and 25, and January 1).

Roads

Roads normally open at this time of year remain open, conditions permitting, including Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41), El Portal Road (continuation of Highway 140), Big Oak Flat Road (continuation of Highway 120 from the west), and the Badger Pass Road. Roads may close in the event of a natural event such as snow storm, rockfall, fallen trees, etc. Tioga Road, Glacier Point Road (beyond the ski area), and Mariposa Grove Road are closed for the season.

Visitor Information

National Park Service-provided information and orientation are not available. Entrance stations are unstaffed (but open). Visitor centers and the Yosemite Museum are closed. The public information office phone line is not staffed. All National Park Service programs are cancelled (programs offered by other organizations, such as park concessioners, may operate).

Concession Run Facilities

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Daily Report - Yosemite National Park
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
 
Today: Sunny. Highs 56 to 62 at 5000 feet...44 to 54 at 8000 feet.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 36 to 44 at 5000 feet...27 to 35 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, southwest winds around 25 mph after midnight, gusts up to 40 mph after midnight.
Tomorrow: Sunny. Highs 55 to 61 at 5000 feet...42 to 52 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds around 25 mph with gusts to around 40 mph over higher elevations.
 
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