|Above, the drive through Tuolumne Meadows last year. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Tioga Pass road finally opened last week, but the areas along the road are not like they were at this time of year during the past few years due to one big difference: snow, and lots of it.
According to the Sierra Sun Times:
July 2, 2017 - The Tioga Road has finally opened, leading many hikers to some of the most tempting trailheads in the country. After a snowy winter, however, even experienced summer wilderness explorers might hit a few bumps (more likely raging rivers) along the trail.
Big Snowy Winter
This winter Yosemite received 177% of average snowfall (from the April 1st snow survey). To give some insight, 2016 April snow surveys measured 89%. That means Yosemite, overall, got twice the amount of snow than the year before! To go even further, 2015 April snow surveys only measured 7% of average (25 times less than this winter)! Why are we throwing all these numbers at you? Because...
To see why, go here.