Rockfall at Yosemite Leaves 1,000 Feet of Trails Covered in Debris

There is a trail closure at Yosemite National Park after a huge rockfall from a slope above the John Muir Trail. Park officials announced the incident and the trail closure on Instagram yesterday, but they say the rockfall occurred on April 15. Thankfully, it happened at night.

“At 11:23 pm on April 15, a large rockfall occurred from the slope above the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and the top of Nevada Fall, sending hundreds of boulders onto the trail,” Yosemite officials wrote.

In fact, boulders, trees, and other debris now cover nearly 1,000 feet of trail. Yosemite says the trail will need significant repairs, including the “drilling and blasting of large boulders.”

The park says geologists are now assessing the area’s risk for additional rockfalls, and the trail remains closed. There is currently no known reopening date. Yosemite officials ask that no one enters the closed section of the John Muir Trail for their own safety.

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