Dan Mitchell just got back from hiking in Tuolumne Meadows and it looks like he had an awesome day. Here’s a little from Dan as well as an AWESOME photo of Parker Pass.
Dan: I wanted to do some photography and to see the Tuolumne area before all of the snow melts, so yesterday I drove to the Tuolumne Meadows/Tioga Pass area and back. Yes, a long day of about 21 hours on the road and the trail.
I left around 4:30 a.m. and got to Yosemite fairly early. After turning onto Tioga Pass Road, I stopped a few times to take pictures, finally arriving at Tuolumne Meadows between 9:45 and 10:00. It seems that things are finally starting up open up. The store and grill were open and a crew was repainting the parking lot. Most campgrounds were closed on the way up, but by the time I left in the evening several had opened, including Tuolumne Meadows. It also appearred that Tuolumne Lodge opened yesterday – on the way up there was a big sign stating that the Lodge was closed, but on the way down in the evening I actually saw that they had hung out a ‘vacancy’ sign. (Imagine that – a vacancy on a summer Friday evening!)”