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Jon Fong
(jonfong) - F - M

Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR
Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/19/2011 18:49:48 MST Print View

Tioga Pass in Yosemite NP is usually closed in early October due to snow. I went day hiking in Yosemite Valley (12/16/2011) and found that the pass was still open! We drove over the pass on the way back to Los Angeles and found that Tenaya Lake has frozen over (the entire lake). There were kids playing hockey and a lot of people just sliding around on the surface. I am sure that it freezes over every year but the lake is pretty much inaccessible during the winter. Also, the ice was extremely clear and about 6-8 inches thick with air bubble frozen in flight. For most of you this may be common but to a California Native it is pretty cool.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/20/2011 11:24:49 MST Print View

my favorite alpine lake!

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/20/2011 13:31:24 MST Print View

I skied across Tenaya Lake one time. With each stride, in my head I could hear the theme song to the movie "Jaws."

--B.G.--

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/20/2011 14:50:42 MST Print View

Thanks for the first hand report. I've been eying the closure report at the NPS website. I'm hoping it stays clear until after Xmas weekend.

stephan q
(khumbukat) - F
Some footage to view re;Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/20/2011 15:00:03 MST Print View

Ice Skating on Tenaya Lake, Yosemite, 12/17/11 youtube

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Some footage to view re;Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 12/20/2011 23:08:46 MST Print View

Fantastic!

link to youtube video

stephan q
(khumbukat) - F
One more for your viewing pleasure on 12/24/2011 21:18:30 MST Print View

Tuolumne River Ice Skate
www.youtube.com

Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F

Locale: Almost Yosemite
Walking on water at Tenaya Lake-Pictures on 01/09/2012 20:31:43 MST Print View

I get to drive through the park a few times a month for work. It's tough gig : )

Here are a few pictures for those who might not get to see it.

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake 2

Tenaya Lake 4

Tenaya Lake 3

Tenaya Lake 5

Tioga Pass

Tenaya Sunset

Edited by monstertruck on 01/09/2012 20:39:24 MST.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 01/09/2012 20:47:17 MST Print View

Very Nice Ryan!!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Walking on water at Tenaya Lake on 01/09/2012 21:11:44 MST Print View

Weird with no snow

Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F

Locale: Almost Yosemite
Walking on water at Tenaya Lake and NO SNOW on 01/09/2012 21:17:30 MST Print View

Yeah. It's a strange winter. The pass was closed at one point in November and then reopened. The people I have asked say that is pretty much unheard of. You could definitely still backpack if you didn't mind the cold nights. There is no overnight parking on Glacier Point Road or Tioga Pass. The same day I took these pictures I had to go out to Bridgeport so I drove over Sonora Pass as well.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Walking on water at Tenaya Lake and NO SNOW on 01/09/2012 21:22:21 MST Print View

"There is no overnight parking on Glacier Point Road or Tioga Pass."

Is the Tioga Pass parking restriction only within the national park, or does it extend way down the hill to the gate miles outside of the park in Lee Vining Canyon?

I've never seen Tioga Pass open this late in the season for all of the years that I've lived in California.

--B.G.--

Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F

Locale: Almost Yosemite
Parking on Tioga Pass on 01/09/2012 21:29:24 MST Print View

I'm not sure where the restriction ends. The restriction starts near Crane Flat. I'm not sure where you could park out of sight between the YNP Entrance Kiosk and the gate at the bottom of the hill.

Ryan

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Parking on Tioga Pass on 01/10/2012 00:20:05 MST Print View

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.

--B.G.--

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Parking on Tioga Pass on 01/10/2012 08:08:35 MST Print View

The gate to Saddlebag was closed when I was there Dec. 24/25th. All of the campgrounds are also closed on the east side of the pass.