The San Francisco Gate reports Yosemite will not open its popular camps above 7,000 this summer because of snow — 12 feet in places.
This is only the second time in history this has occured. The last was in 1995.
They range from the big Merced Lake camp at 7,150 feet to the Vogelsang camp perched on a mountainside 10,300 feet above sea level. The camps can only be reached on foot or by horse and mule pack trains. Visitors pay $126 for the camps which include lodging, food and showers.
All guests with canceled reservations will get a full refund, the concession company said — and they’ll get a chance to book next summer without going through the lottery again.
The Tioga Pass road, at 9,900 feet above sea level, will open at 8 a.m. tomorrow. The store, gas station and lodge at Tuolumne Meadows will open on July 8, as will the facilities at White Wolf, also on the Tioga Road, the Park Service said.
For information about camping on the Tioga Pass road call the Yosemite campground office at (209) 372-8502.