Crane Flat is on the west side. I meant the east side in Lee Vining Canyon. Sometimes the side roads (e.g. Saddlebag) are gated and sometimes not. The main gate on the Tioga Road is near the bottom near the campgrounds. On some years, we have left our cars where the main restriction is and then hiked or skied up the hill to Tioga Pass or wherever. On one year, we were able to drive all the way to the Tioga Pass entrance before we had to turn around. I would be neat to find out where the restriction is on the east side without driving all the way over there.