Yosemite National Park Friday, February 23rd, 2018

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018


Yosemite National Park Zone Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. A 20 percent chance of snow showers near the crest. Highs 33 to 38 at 5000 feet...21 to 27 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, north winds around 25 mph in the afternoon, gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows 16 to 26 at 5000 feet...6 to 16 at 8000 feet. Over higher elevations, north winds around 25 mph in the evening.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of snow showers in the afternoon. Windy. Not as cold. Highs 39 to 44 at 5000 feet... 30 to 35 at 8000 feet. West winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 45 mph in the afternoon. Over higher elevations, west winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 55 mph.


Additional Point Forecast Weather Links:

Yosemite Valley  |  Wawona  |  Tuolumne Meadows  |  Glacier Point |  Big Oak Flat  |  Hetch Hetchy  |  El Portal  |  Mariposa | Badger Pass





Yosemite Renaissance 33 Art Exhibit Opening Friday

Please join at the Yosemite Museum staff for the artists' reception and presentation of awards on Friday, Feb 23th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibit will be on display February 24 - May 6th, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. daily.


Yosemite Renaissance is an annual exhibit that presents diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. This year, 64 works were selected from 820 entries. The exhibit includes paintings, sculpture, textiles, photographs and 3-dimensional works by artists from across the country.


Yosemite Renaissance was founded in 1985 to encourage artists to share new interpretations of the region, explore environmental issues, and celebrate nature through art. By creating a continuum of artworks inspired by the region from historical times to the present, the organization seeks to inspire a new generation of people to understand, preserve and protect our wild lands and natural places.  (G. Cox)



Trail Closure Update

The Mist Trail is closed due to hazardous conditions from the John Muir Trail junction to the top of Vernal Fall. The 4 Mile Trail above the gate near Union Point is also closed until further notice due to snow and ice. (J. Hoeflich/J. Fey)


Yosemite Medical Clinic - Free Flu Vaccines for a Limited Time

Yosemite Medical Clinic has partnered with the Mariposa County Health Department to bring no-cost flu vaccines back to the Valley.  If you have not gotten your flu shot this year it is still not too late!


While supplies last, we are offering the vaccine on first-come first-served walk-in basis during our normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (walk in by 4:30 PM).  There is no charge for this service.


We have doses for everyone aged 6 months and older.


If you have not been to the clinic before - no problem! 

If you have no insurance - no problem!


We cannot reserve vaccine for anyone, but we encourage those who are interested to call 209-372-4637 to see if we still have the vaccine available before coming to the Clinic. (C. Griffin)






Lunchtime Yoga in Yosemite Valley Today

You are invited to join us for 20-30 minute yoga practices every Thursday in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium beginning February 22nd at 12 noon. These yoga practices are appropriate for all skill levels, and folks that have never done yoga before are encouraged to attend. There will be practices by Yoga With Adriene, Yoga With Tim, and many more. These practices are free of charge and are hosted by the Yosemite Safety and Wellness Council.


Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, work out sore or tight muscles, and recenter in the midst of stressful days. All you need to bring is a yoga mat or two (it's a hard floor) and comfortable clothes to move around in. If you do not have a yoga mat, a soft foam sleeping pad or a few towels are good substitutes.


If you have any questions, please email Ryan at ryan_kirtland@nps.gov. Hope to see you out there!  (R. Kirtland)



Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area Update

Thank you everyone for your patience. Unfortunately, there is not enough snow right now or in the near forecast to open, so the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area will not open for the 2017-18 season. Yosemite Hospitality is contacting all season pass holders via email to offer the option of a season pass rollover to the 2018-19 season or a refund. Thank you for your continued interest in California’s original ski area, and hope to see you next year!  (L. Cesaro)



Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update for February 21, 2018 



New snow:  4 inches

Total settled snow depth: 9 inches (at 8,600 feet)

High temperature: 50°F (February 17)

Low temperature: -14°F (February 20)


Ski Conditions and Weather: Well, we sure jinxed it on our last post when we said the wind storm had passed through. It had just gotten started. We won’t sugar coat it. Last week held some of the worst (but let’s hope not the last) skiing of the season…with the exception of skiing along the rivers and meadows. Winter returned with bitter cold temperatures and fierce winds. At least it left a dusting of powder in its wake so we could no longer see the ice, just feel it underneath.   The snow surface at the high elevations is wind affected on all aspects. At mid elevations, ice cleats are advised for the trail corridors.


The skiing along Tioga Road and in Tuolumne Meadows is still quite good as there is a dusting of new snow on a hard and supportable surface underneath. East of Tioga Pass there is very little snow on Hwy 120.


Avalanche and Snowpack Conditions: Please refer to the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) for the avalanche advisory for this part of the Sierra Nevada.


The avalanche hazard in the Tuolumne Meadows area is low. Blowing snow in the forecast could produce wind slabs at the higher elevations over the next couple of days. “Slide for life conditions” will exist on many of the alpine slopes this week given the forecast. Ice axe and crampons are advised.


Wildlife: Near Tioga Pass this weekend we saw both bear and mountain lion tracks. The coyotes have also been very active. Separate flocks of dark-eyed juncos, red crossbills and pine siskins have also been braving these cold temperatures foraging in areas of sunny, bare ground.


General Information: There is no phone service in Tuolumne Meadows at this time. We can be contacted regarding winter travel to Tuolumne Meadows via email, but we may be delayed in responding if we are on patrol. For permit information: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm. or you may contact the wilderness office at 209/372-0740. Come prepared, and please make good decisions while traveling in the wilderness this winter! Follow our blog: https://www.nps.gov/yose/blogs/tmconditions.htm. Safe travels! Laura and Rob Pilewski - Tuolumne Winter Rangers (L. Pilewski)



Yosemite National Park Announces the Opening Date for the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias - Yosemite News Release February 15, 2018

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will Open at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018 


Yosemite National Park announces that the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public at 9:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2018.


The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias has been closed since July 2015 to complete a landmark restoration project. In partnership with Yosemite Conservancy, the National Park Service has been working to improve natural hydrology, construct an ADA-accessible boardwalk, construct an improved welcome plaza, and improve the overall visitor experience.


This landmark project has been possible thanks to a strong public/private partnership between the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy. To learn more about the restoration of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, please visit https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/restoration-mariposa-grove


To visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, visitors will park in a new 300-vehicle parking area at the South Entrance and hop on a free shuttle at the Welcome Plaza, which will transport you to the Lower Grove. More details and tips on how to plan your visit will be forthcoming. The Mariposa Grove remains closed for public safety due to ongoing construction work.  (J. Richards)



Research Library Closure

The Research Library is closed until February 26th while Virginia Sanchez is away on Bereavement Leave. Please contact the Archives or the Museum for assistance by going to https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/collections.htm  (V. Sanchez)



Facelift 2018 Planning Kick-off 

Do you have ideas for this year's Facelift? Please join an interdivisional team to get started planning for Yosemite Facelift 2018, which will be September 26-29! The planning team needs your:

- Ideas and willingness to lead special projects

- Special expertise in areas such as archaeology, climbing, road safety, waste disposal, event planning, etc


The first meeting this year will be Wednesday, February 28th, 2-4 pm in the El Portal Large Break Room. All are welcome even if you're just exploring possibilities.  (S. Kintner)






Please Use Southside Drive Via Sentinel Dr To Exit The Valley

The only vehicles allowed to enter the Firefall Event Zone are:


Vehicles with a valid entry permit

Vehicles with an ADA placard

Oversize vehicles - vehicles over 20 feet in length including buses, recreational vehicles, and vehicles with trailers

NPS vehicles with a specific reason to enter the event zone

Save yourself some time and use Sentinel Dr to Southside Dr to exit the Valley.  (J.Hoeflich)



Museum/District Building Electrical Rehab Project

This project will rehabilitate the electrical system in the Museum/District Building by installing grounding in the existing electrical circuits. The Contractor mobilized on Monday, December 18th and the project is expected to run for 6 months. The 8 parking stalls to the west of the building between the sidewalk on the south and the south end of the fence to the north will become the Contractor's staging areas.  Please do not leave any vehicles parked there on Sunday night. Thank you.  (K. White)


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