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Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

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Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Hi, we are planning to visit Yosemite next May, estimated date of arrival is between 20 - 22 May 2013. Intending to visit Mammoth lake as well. Does anyone know will Tioga Road be open by then? We do not wish to face a situation whereby we booked the lodging but to know that we cant visit Mammoth Lake. Tioga road is the only way to reach Mammoth lake?

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1. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

No-one knows if Tioga Road will be open in time for your trip. Sorry.

No-one knows when it will close, what the winter weather will be like or when it will re-open. Furthermore, even if it opens it can close again temporarily.

There are other ways of getting from Yosemite Valley to Mammoth Lakes but they are much longer.

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2. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

It is impossible to say whether Tioga Pass will be open by then. If it is still closed you would have to leave Yosemite by 120 to 49 to 88 back over the Sierra at Carson Pass to 395 south.

Singapore
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3. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Ok, thanks for e advice!

Singapore
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4. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Hi there, assuming Tioga Rd is not open, is it feasible to travel by north to mammoth lake? Meaning from Yosemite Valley, travel by 49 then right on 108 then south on 395? Google map showed that it is possible, but not sure if realistically this is doable. Will the roads be closed?

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5. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

No. The 108 will be closed as well. You will need to go even further north to cross the mountains. But it is doable, of course.

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6. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Here is an article with some historical mountain pass information: Crossing the Sierra tripadvisor.com/Travel-g61000-c158581 Sonora Pass (Hwy 108) usually opens a few days or a few weeks earlier than Tioga Pass (Hwy 120) in the spring / early summer.

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7. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

I apologise. I was simply linking Sonora Pass to Tioga Pass in that it closes over the winter. You may very well find it open by the time of your trip. As you might Tioga Pass.

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8. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Tioga Road will most definitely be closed. I can't remember one time in 15 years when it opened before mid-June.

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9. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

Ninjiom - why do you want to visit Mammoth Lakes in May?

If you are on your way to Vegas, you can always drive up 49 to 88 or 50 and cross the Sierra there and then take either US 395 or US 95 to Las Vegas. There's no need to stop at Mammoth Lakes unless you want to do some late season skiing. Most of the summer activities won't begin there until June.

And there's no need to book lodging in advance at Mammoth Lakes. That is the off season and the motels will not be full unless you are traveling during the last weekend of the month - Memorial weekend.

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10. Re: Tioga Road to Mammoth Lake in mid May 2013

yogachik - did you see the link Pacific posted? Tioga opens in May the majority of the time including this year.

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm