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.

Author: jeffpelline

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.

8 thoughts on “Tioga Pass breaks record for being open in winter”

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

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

  3. 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.


  4. 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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