A reader writes in to ask:
I am planning a road trip this summer with my family and we plan on driving from Las Vegas and entering Yosemite from the east through Tioga Pass. (We will go through Death Valley and spend a night in Mammoth Lake). We will dirve through Tioga Pass on June 20th. Now I am worried that it won’t be open because there are some years, including 2005 that it was not open until late June. Given the weather, snow fall amounts etc. you have seen so far this winter, what are the chances you think it will be open by June 20th?
Until this last storm the odds were pretty good the pass would be open in time. Unfortunately this last storm brought with it a bunch of snow at the higher elevations. The crews that work the roads work hard and try to get the roads open as soon as logistically possible.
If, for some reason, they’re still working on clearing Tioga Pass you might alternatively consider driving up and over Sonora Pass (HWY 108) and circling around. This will add about 134 miles to your trip but you’ll go through some of the most beautiful alpine country you’re likely to see.
Good luck and have a great trip.