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Getting to Yosemite Made Tougher By Rock Slide


    There's an awful lot of shaking, rattlin' and rolling going on along California 140 just west of Yosemite National Park thanks to an on-and-off rock slide that has buried the road under an estimated 300 tons of rock and debris. The big questions so far unanswered is how long will it take to remove the rubble and, more importantly, what can be done to prevent future slides from cascading down across the road.
    The slides actually started back on April 29 and have continued off and on since then with increasingly larger amounts of the hillside collapsing across the so-called El Portal Road just a dozen miles west of Yosemite's Arch Rock Entrance.
    For now westside park visitors can enter Yosemite via California 41 and the South Entrance or via California 120 and the Big Oak Flat Entrance.
    You can see some really cool pictures of the slide at the Tuolumne Meadows Rock Climbing Forum, and the San Francisco Chronicle also has its own story on the slides.

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