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Tioga Pass
Posted March 16th, 2013 - 11:41 pm by from Oslo, Norway (Permalink)
Hi!

Do anyone know about the current snow conditions in the mountains? Any chance the Tioga will open as early as last year?

If not, what's the options for cycling the Sierra Cascades? The route is continuing over the Tioga pass to Mono Lake, and then north to Tahoe.

Any suggestions of what's the best backup plan? Crossing east by 108, 4 or 88?

Posted March 18th, 2013 - 8:40 am by from Yosemite National Park, United States (Permalink)
It's a normal snow year, my guess is Tioga won't open until mid May. You can google Tioga Pass open dates to get past years opening dates. Last year was a freak, not going to happen for sure this year. You can find out any question by typing it into google. Try following the NPS Twitter. The other hwys you mentioned always are open much earlier than Tioga.

Posted March 18th, 2013 - 9:49 am by from Oslo, Norway (Permalink)
Thank you!

As you said, the recent opening days are all available here:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm

However, I wasn't able to find info on current snow conditions. Seems like information will start coming from official sources in a couple of weeks.

Of those highways, any suggestions about which one to go for, keeping in mind that I'm pedaling on my bike (traffic) and want to see as much beauty as possible?

Posted March 18th, 2013 - 9:50 pm by from Yosemite National Park, United States (Permalink)
The NPS Twitter is the best way to get breaking news from them, they give reports on the snow as they come in. I only know Tioga rd. good luck. Bear.
@YosemiteNPS

Posted March 19th, 2013 - 10:58 am by from Oslo, Norway (Permalink)
Thank you, Bear!

Sharing some more research in case others are reading this thread:

At Twitter (https://twitter.com/YosemiteNPS) it was reported snowpack at 70% of a normal year in the beginning of March.

At the website i linked in my last post, there are a table showing snowpack as of April 1st. If the snowpack stays at 70% of normal, we have some similar years:

2004: 83%, opened May 14th
2003: 65%, opened May 31st
2001: 67%, opened May 12th

Last year record early opening of May 7th had a snowpack of 43%.

Conclusion: Noone knows what the future will bring :-)