Winter driving in California’s mountainous regions has always been risky. However, the recent snowfall and rains have exacerbated the situation, causing extensive damage to roads, landslides, and erosion in areas ranging from Highway 1 to state parks. This has resulted in the closure of several national parks in California, including Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.
The Sierra National Forest is the latest addition to the list of partially or fully closed parks, as a massive hole 25 to 30 feet deep has appeared in the middle of Beasore Road, just north of Bass Lake, close to Yosemite Forks. The area, which is located at an altitude of approximately 5,500 feet, had experienced rain the previous night after weeks of snowfall, causing the 3-4 feet of snow covering the roadway to wash away, along with a significant portion of the road itself.
Here’s a photo of the giant pothole:
The giant pothole wasn’t a big surprise, considering the drainage coming into the area after the historic rain and snowfall. But the road is a vital link and home to a few year-round residents and numerous seasonal homes and cabins.
The U.S. Forest Service has closed the road, and a spokesperson for the agency stated that it may reopen in a couple weeks.