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John M

Jul 30, 2014 - 02:32pm PT
I woke up this morning to rain drops on my sleeping bag here in Wawona. I was sleeping on a friends porch. I packed up my stuff and then it didn't rain. Guess I should have kept my stuff outside. haha.. Now it is very smokey here.

Would modis be showing that fires cool down at night? Because based on the smoke, things sure seem to be going here.

Trad climber
Northern California
Jul 30, 2014 - 02:59pm PT
I've been monitoring 120 due to a plan to head over to Tuolumne on Thursday. says there's no closure-- is this not accurate?

Social climber
Butterfly Town
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:03pm PT
At this time there is no access to Tioga Pass from either Hwy 120 at Crane Flat or Hwy 140 via the Big Oak Flat Rd. Now if you want to get to Tuolumne Mdws by car, Hwy 395 is the only option!
John M

Jul 30, 2014 - 03:03pm PT

Edit: Boodawg is correct. I just called the park road info line.

wow.. this just changed.

120 is closed from the big oak flat entrance coming from Groveland to highway 140 in the valley. The only access to the meadows is from 395.


Trad climber
SeKi, California
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:29pm PT
Here's most of the Sierra Fire Lookout Webcams in one look.

Sonoma County
Jul 30, 2014 - 03:47pm PT
oh no!

Trad climber
Northern California
Jul 30, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
Supertopo is where I go for my news :)

108 to 395 it is.

Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
Conflicting 120 info.
Right now, YNP road conditions
Closed from Big Oak Flat Entrance to Crane Flat (Hodgdon Meadow Campground is accessible from the west)
120 is not open at the Big Oak Flat entrance.

120 IS open via 41/140
ioga Road
(continuation of Highway 120 through the park)
(Information about Highway 120 outside Yosemite)
No access from Hwy 120 from the west (but is accessible via Hwys 41 and 140 from the west)
Expect delays

go figuah
There's construction on 120 at Ellery Lake, east of Tioga Pass with traffic delays.

Best place to keep up to date:

Trad climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:40pm PT
they might just be moving a lot of assets around crane flat heliport.

got rained on at kennedy meadows today-- yesterday's t-storms were so intense that middle fork (what's left of it) looked like Big Muddy. huge sediment dumps-- if the trout survive, yr not going to want to eat them.

fair bit of smoke from pinecrest to kennedy earlier, but it cleared out a bit as the day went on.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:47pm PT
The current map suggests that the section of road from Crane Flat to 140 (Big Oak Flat Road) has been reopened.
But since the fire perimeter is moving closer, I'm not confident this is true (or stable).


Ice climber
canyon country,CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:54pm PT
khanom used to get mad about motorcycles/OHV's and even airplanes making too much noise now he wants more traffic and cars ??
Did you sell out or what ?

Social climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 05:56pm PT
hey there say, ... had not heard any thing more on the sand-fire...

anyone got anything to share, please?
thanks, :)
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:30pm PT
whether it makes sense in the context of the fire and winds, looks like the bottom line is you can get to Tuolumne right now (Wednesday evening) via 41 or 140 to the Valley then up Big Oak Flat road to Crane Flat and up 120 to Tmds.

Gym climber
It's not rocket surgery
Jul 30, 2014 - 06:53pm PT
North Bay via 108 looks like the best option to Tuolumne with the farm & thanks for the "go to" thread


Trad climber
Bay Area
Jul 30, 2014 - 07:40pm PT
<OT rant>
Trains of Harleys with open pipes streaming over 120 in Tuol Mdws is repugnant.
Says the (relatively quiet) motorcycle rider.
You could substitute racing pipes Rice Burners except they are only loud when at open throttle. Unlike Hawgs which are nearly as loud at 2000 rpm as at 5000 rpm.
<end OT rant>
Ricky D

Trad climber
Sierra Westside
Jul 30, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
You biker haters got something against retired Dentists and fat Vietnam Veterans?

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 30, 2014 - 10:31pm PT
Biker haters...? No , just wanna be poseurs that dress up in leather and try to look bad...Lame..!

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:05pm PT
The latest from the NPS site say 120 closed from Big Oak Flat entrance to valley (140 intersection) is closed. So no Tuolumne from this side?

Social climber
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:13pm PT
hey there say, khanom... wow, thanks, say, thanks so much!
for sharing...

night now...
prayers still for fire-stuff situations...

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Jul 30, 2014 - 11:15pm PT
Read further back...Got it.
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