Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will re-open to traffic at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The road, which is closed annually for the winter, gives visitors access to trails along the western rim of Yosemite Valley and culminates with an iconic vista of Half Dome from the end of the road.
The park service cautioned, however, that trails remain obscured by snow. Conditions this year are even worse than past years due to the heavy rains this winter.
“Trails from the Glacier Point Road are very snowy; hikers will need cross-country navigation skills using a map and compass, as well as snowshoes or skis,” the park service said.
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“As always, leave your hiking plan, including route, destination, and return time with a trusted person. Leave another hiking itinerary in the glove box of your vehicle.”
From Yosemite Valley, the Four Mile Trail that winds up to Glacier Point, remains closed approximately halfway up due to ice sheets.