Tioga Pass breaks record for being open in winter

On January 2, Tioga Pass (9,943 feet) set the all-time record (since 1933) of being open. In fact, the road has been open only six times in December since 1933.

I’ve been going to Tioga Pass since childhood, fishing at the lakes. I can remember routinely walking across snow in July to make a cast into Tioga Lake.

Here’s a look at driving up the beautiful pass to Yosemite National Park with the National Wildlife Federation’s California Director, Beth Pratt.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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8 Responses to Tioga Pass breaks record for being open in winter

  1. It’s a little early to go windsurfing on Tenaya, or hiking up to Gaylor…

  2. Ralph Cutter says:

    This is a fake video. It is humanly impossible to drive past the Mobil Mart without stopping at Whoa Nellie Deli.

  3. Steve Frisch says:

    Unfortunately Ralph Whoa Nellie Deli is closed in the winter, ironically due to the closure of Tioga Pass!

  4. Ralph Cutter says:

    Thanks Steve. You saved me a 4 hour drive. The video instilled an insatiable urge for mango fish tacos and a pint of 395.

  5. Ben Emery says:

    I liked the person’s enthusiasm about the drive and area. It is kind of scary at how little precipitation we have seen in the Sierra this winter.

  6. As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s time for at least a 500 foot brush free zone around homes, and the more water and pumps and practice in using them on site the better. Given today’s legal environment, you might be on the wrong end of a lawsuit with the state or your insurance company. http://discoveramericasstory.com/view_article.html?articleId=FTH0902200900103

  7. Steve Willer says:

    Speaking of the dry weather.

    “First Snow Survey of 2012 Shows Dry Conditions”

    Snow surveyors today reported that California’s mountain snowpack is among the driest for the date on record.
    Manual and electronic readings today record the snowpack’s statewide water content at 19 percent of the January 3 average.

    http://www.water.ca.gov/news/

  8. Beth Pratt says:

    Jeff-thanks for sharing! Ralph–the only bummer of the pass being open late is no fish tacos or mango margaritas! I emailed Chef Toomey and told him to get back to work!

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