NPS has opened Tioga Pass for through traffic but not for day use recreation. I can't find any historical information about how long after the initial opening it typically opens for day use. Anyone know when I could expect the pass into Yosemite to be open for day-use recreation hiking? Hoping to go the weekend of July 4th roads permitting, but am worried it will still be closed due to the large amount of snowfall they received this year in the sierras.

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If you look at the historical data the latest in the year that's its opened is July 1st, and in 2017 which was a very similar year for amount of snow it opened June 29th. That year the road was left completely closed after it had been plowed to let things dry out first, it sounds like this year they are letting people drive through but not stop.

The only thing that would change is that this year they are apparently changing the parking in Toulemme meadows and that may change how it works.

The other thing to consider is even if you are able to drive up there the going will be rougher than if it were a drier year.

In the summer of 2017 I did one trip south Tioga around Mt. Ritter June 20-26, one just south of Tioga around Mt Parker June 29th- July 5 and then Cloud's Rest On July 6th.

There were places on those trips where the snow was still 10 ft deep and almost the whole trail up to Cloud's Rest had snow on the trail, the river was almost up to my waist and in general it was much harder walking then if it had been a dry summer.

On the other hand there are plenty of cool spots on the drive up if you weren't able to get all the way to the pass or if there was too much snow up there.

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    Unfortunately that historical data is for initial opening, not day use opening. So for example it shows this year as open already even though it isn't open for recreation. You are correct though that there is a lot of good hiking before the pass, and also some great climbing in Bishop. Just want to know how the initial opening date correlates to recreational opening date.
    – noah
    Jun 26, 2019 at 0:27
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    @noah in 2017 there was no partial opening the road was closed entirely until they let people drive through and had been plowed for at least a couple of days before opening Jun 26, 2019 at 0:53

The NPS announced that the road will open unrestricted on July 1st (conditions permitting).

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