By Bay Area News Group | PUBLISHED: June 20, 2019 at 6:57 am | UPDATED: June 20, 2019 at 7:02 am Yosemite’s Tioga Road will open on Friday, the first day of summer, but initially only for two hours a day. The park announced that motor vehicles and bicycles will be allowed on the trans-Sierra route from 10 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. daily. No parking will be allowed, and the day-use facilities and other visitor services along it remain closed. Opening dates have not been determined for those. The limited hours are necessary because crews need to continue clearing snow and doing other roadwork. Backpackers with permits for High Sierra trips can be dropped off and picked up at Tioga Road trailheads during those hours. They will need to have a permit and bear canister with them. A backpacker who misses a pickup time will need to spend an extra night camping. Cyclists are advised that they need to make the full Tioga Road traverse — 60 miles — during daytime hours of one day. The road, Highway 120, runs between Yosemite’s Crane Flat and the town of Lee Vining, on Highway 395. It tops out… Read full this story
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