Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The “other Yosemite” outside the valley is the northern Tioga Road area that many just don’t get to. If you want no crowds, the greater Tenaya Lake environs isthe place to hang. As you know, the Planning Department of the NPS is busy with scores of projects. You may not be following things closely, but the Tenaya Lake Area Plan Environmental Assessment Public Review is now available for public review until November 17.
There are 5 alternatives presented – including “do nothing.” The preferred alternative includes an accessible trail along the western edge of the lake between East Beach and Murphy Creek and within the East Beach and Sunrise Trailhead areas. Many existing trails located within ecologically and culturally sensitive areas would be removed and restored to natural conditions. This alternative includes 9.7 acres of ecological restoration within areas currently affected by visitor use, creation of volunteer trails, and stormwater erosion. The trail systems around the lake and north of Tioga Road would be realigned to avoid sensitive natural and cultural resources and support protection and restoration, and use of pedestrian bridges and boardwalks over waterways and wetland habitat would restore hydrological function of major waterways. Visitor parking capacity would total 215 spaces.
There will be a presentation of the plan at 2:30 pm during the regularly scheduled open house in Yosemite Valley on October 27, 2010. The open house is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium in Yosemite Valley. Park admission is free for open house attendees. Click <HERE> to learn more.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Walking is good for solving problems – it’s like the feet are little psychiatrists.” -Terri Guillemets
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com