TIOGA PASS

At approximately 9945 feet above sea level, this is the highest automobile pass in the Sierra Nevada.  To the west of the pass lies the Yosemite High Country with places like Tuolomne Meadows and Clouds Rest.  East of the pass you quickly drop several thousand feet down to Lee Vining and Mono Lake.  Tioga Road is closed most of the year, it's open only from the late Spring until the first major snowstorm in Autumn.  

The winter of 1999 - 2000 provided a rare opportunity for park visitors to explore the Tioga Pass area all the way through December and into early January when the first big snows finally arrived.  

Most of the photographs in this section were taken in late September 1999.  The lower angle of the sun combined with the steep walls of the mountains along Tioga Pass make for an interesting play of light and shadow.  Please be patient, many of the pictures are close to full size and will take up to 20 seconds to render completely on a 28.8 modem.