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WARNING: Landslide closes Hwy 140 into Yosemite!

WARNING: Landslide closes Hwy 140 into Yosemite!

May 4th, 2006, 05:31 PM
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WARNING: Landslide closes Hwy 140 into Yosemite!

From the Yosemite National Park website: Highway 140 is closed due to a rockslide west of Yosemite National Park near Savage's Trading Post. Travel between El Portal and Yosemite Valley is possible, however travel between Yosemite Valley and Mariposa is not. Use Highways 49 and 41 to travel between Mariposa and Yosemite National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/

Keep a watch on Caltrans for updates:

http://www.dot.ca.gov/

This is a bummer because the poppys are fantastic this time of the year on Hwy 140 and I was looking forward to going in that way. Maybe they will have it fixed before we go.

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May 4th, 2006, 05:48 PM
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Thanks for the info.
I have reservations in the valley starting on May 15th and was planning on driving via Mariposa to enjoy some of the delicious pancakes at the Red Fox restaurant.
I hope the road is soon cleared.
The falls should be tremendous this year due to the heavy snow pack.
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May 4th, 2006, 11:19 PM
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don76,

We're going just before you. I just read that the falls haven't peaked yet. We were there last year in early April and they were going pretty darn good then so I'm sure early May will be even better.

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May 8th, 2006, 12:45 PM
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Any news on the road - I checked the website and it looks like its still closed and the sounds like the entrance to the park is also.
I am supposed to be arriving on Thur and staying in El Portal at Valley View Lodge - so if that entrance is closed how far a drive is it to the main entrance- this is turning out to be a royal pain!!
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May 8th, 2006, 01:00 PM
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Use this site http://www.dot.ca.gov/ to get road info. Just put 140 in the highway box.
Even if 140 is closed El Portal to The Valley will be fine. It's how you get from outside the park to El Portal.

The slide is further west on 140 so if you were driving 99 to 140 to El Portal that's the only route that is affected. If you were coming from SF area and using 120 in to the park and then 140 to El Portal that will be fine. Depending on which direction you are coming from you will have to use 120 via Groveland/Big Oak Flat to get to the valley and then get to El Portal or via the south/Fish Camp into the valley and from there go to El Portal. Not that much of a pain since you get to the valley and will have to tear yourselves away to go to El Portal anyway.
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May 8th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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OOPS- I meant we are staying at Yosemite View Lodge
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May 8th, 2006, 01:04 PM
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I knew what you meant. You'll be fine. The West Entrance is not closed.
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May 8th, 2006, 01:06 PM
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Okey doke- sounds like it will work-
we're coming from Sacramento -
mayne it will keep some people away
looking forward to it - hope no more land slides though
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May 8th, 2006, 01:08 PM
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So you doing 49 to 120? Use the old priest grade to save time going up. It will be such a beautiful drive. We drove from here to Yosemite last April and I though 49 was amazing. have a great time!
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May 8th, 2006, 01:17 PM
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I dont know if I am doing 49 - sounds like you think its a good idea- is it a good road? Are there blood curdling
curves and drop offs?
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May 8th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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I think the regular priest grade looked scary to me. We looked up at these cars driving along the ridge and I was so glad my DH knows California roads well enough to take the shortcuts. If you don't like curvy then take 99 to manteca and then take 120.
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May 8th, 2006, 02:10 PM
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It's like the road gods are against us! Hwy 120 has a sink whole near Groveland and they say there is a detour..not sure what that means!

SR 120 - IS CLOSED FROM THE SOUTH JCT OF SR 49 TO 2.5 MI WEST OF GROVELAND
(TUOLUMNE CO) - DUE TO A SINK HOLE - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

http://www.dot.ca.gov/

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May 8th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Hwy 49 is curvey and can be a little slow, but you are winding you way though the foothills so there aren't many drop offs. The fastest way from Sacramento would be to take I-5 down to Manteca and then pick up 120.

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May 8th, 2006, 02:29 PM
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NOt down I 5, down 99. Also the detour on 120 should be fine. Here's a link to great info!

http://www.hotelcharlotte.com/roads.html
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May 8th, 2006, 02:48 PM
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AAA tells me that the landslide is expected to be cleared by tomorrow -
Hope so
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May 8th, 2006, 02:58 PM
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Suzie,

Is there that much difference between I-5 and Hwy 99?

Thanks for the link. I was wondering what the detour was going to be. If we were in a car, I'd take Old Priest Grade, but since we are in the motorhome we will have to take the detour. I'm hoping the rockslide will be cleared off of 140 by Wednesday!

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May 8th, 2006, 03:00 PM
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BTW, what ever it takes...it's going to be WELL WORTH IT!

Heavy Snowpack Creating Spectacular Waterfalls in Yosemite Valley

You can read all about it here:

http://www.nps.gov/yose/news/2006/watr0502.htm

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May 8th, 2006, 03:07 PM
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utahtea- when are you going?
we are going Thur-Sun - provided we can get there
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May 8th, 2006, 03:44 PM
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Utahtea, from sacto if you take I 5 you go westerly for awhile and then come back in. If you take 99 you just head south. I would never suggest anyone in sacto or going through sacto take I 5. Like if you come down I 5 from north you should hit 99 south when you get to Sacto if you are going to Yosemite.
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May 8th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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Suzie,

Well milewise you are only talking 2 miles difference and time wise it should be the same.

Sunburn,

We are going Wednesday - Saturday! Can't wait!!!! I'd take the Old Priest Grade Road. One nice thing about going UP old priest grade road is you are on the inside lane hugging the mountain instead of on the outside looking down! It's also a lot faster than the new Priest Grade and a whole lot faster than the detour we're going to have to take in the motorhome.

If 140 opens we will take that. I hear the poppys are blooming and they are really something in the spring! I'm going to miss that if it doesn't open.

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