Yosemite National Park – On Monday, June 12, 2017 a large rockfall on the Parkline Slab cliff tumbled down and blocked Highway 140 about 1 mile east of the Yosemite National Park boundary on Highway 140
It is estimated that the slab measured 50 x 80 x 15 feet and weighed roughly 4,000 tons. It broke into pieces during its descent and fanned out about 1000 feet and continued into the Merced River. Approximately 1/3 of the debris landed on the road and covered roughly 150 feet of El Portal Road under 15 to 20 feet of rock debris.
Lucky that no one was driving on the road when this occurred!
According to Yosemite NPS’s Instagram post, the road should reopen on Sunday, June 18 at 6am.
— Yosemite National Pk (@YosemiteNPS) June 13, 2017
Great news! Conditions permitting, El Portal Road (Highway 140) into Yosemite will reopen tomorrow, Sunday, at 6 am. The first two miles of the road from the park boundary will be signed as a no-stopping zone. For current road conditions in the park, call 209/372-0200 (press 1 then 1). Thanks to all the park employees who worked hard to remove the rock, assess the underground sewer line, and make temporary road repairs. – #Yosemite #NationalPark #YosemiteNationalPark #Rockfall