Tuesday's thunderstorms threw a curveball for those planning to visit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but beautiful, sunny weather is expected for visitors for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
As of Wednesday, all the main roads in the park were open including Mineral King Road, spokesperson Dana Dierkes said.
The Cedar Grove and Lodgepole ranger stations are open for the season and the Mineral King Ranger Station is expected to open this weekend, Dierkes said.
There are no current fire restrictions at the parks. For updates, call (559) 565-3341 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Visitors who camp at the parks' Potwisha and Buckeye Flat campgrounds will notice a new online reservation system in place.
The two sites had been first-come, first-served, but now visitors can make reservations for either up to six months in advance at (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.
For details on campgrounds, lodging and the rest of the park, go to www.nps.gov/seki.
You can still press your luck without a reservation, as the park will issue a limited number of reservations during the summer, Dierkes said.
Tioga Pass closed; Glacier Point reopens
Tioga Pass Road in Yosemite National Park is still closed because of a snowstorm Tuesday morning, park officials said Wednesday.
The closure extends from Crane Flat to five miles west of the pass' junction with Highway 395. It was not known how long the pass would remain closed.
Glacier Point Road reopened Wednesday. For up-to-date road conditions in Yosemite, call (209) 372-0200.
Kaiser Pass Road above Huntington Lake opened Tuesday.
Yosemite's 150th deals at Tenaya
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park, guests who stay at Tenaya Lodge can be treated to a variety of deals for the meditator or adrenaline junkie. Guests can pick between spa packages, a two-hour zipline tour, overnight guided hikes, bike packing and fly fishing.
The Lodge also will host a Memorial Day Poolside BBQ on Sunday and Monday. BBQs will be held through August on select Thursdays through Saturdays.
For details and reservations, visit www.tenayalodge.com or call (559) 692-8913.
Boy Scouts hosting clays classic on June 7
The Sequoia Council of the Boys Scouts of America is hosting its second annual shooting tournament on June 7 at Sun Mountain Gun Club in Coarsegold.
The Shooting Clays Classic, a fundraiser for camp scholarships given to scouts to attend summer and day camps, starts at 9 a.m. and includes a lunch and awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
The team competition features squads of five shooters each taking aim at 100 targets. All shells and clays will be provided.
Entries cost $125 per shooter and $200 per adult and youth partners. Teams of five can sign up for $625. Sponsorship packages are also available.
"Be Bear Aware Month"
With spring here, the 30,000 bears in California are out of their winter dens and hungry.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds the public to act responsibly in bear country. Remember to always use a bear-proof container when storing your food.
For more info: www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild/bear.html.
20th annual free Youth Fishing Derby
When: June 14, 8 a.m. to noon
Where: Shaver Lake
Young anglers ages 3 to 15 can cast their lines for a chance to win prizes donated by local merchants. Prize categories include first fish, last fish, smallest fish, largest limit, largest fish, and youngest angler. The big fish and casting contests will be split into three age groups: 3-7, 8-11 and 12-15.
All kids will be entered in a free derby raffle that includes a grand prize of a family fishing trip on Shaver Lake. Other prizes are a half-day fishing boat rental, fishing tackle, sports equipment, clothing, gift certificates, and more.
Registration will take place 7:30-10 a.m. at the Southern California Edison day use area on Road 2. No day use fee is required. The casting contest and fishing will start at 8 a.m.
Details: Greg Marks at (559) 855-8752