The Rim Fire
During the second year of a serious drought, the end of August and early September brought a major forest fire, the Rim Fire, to our area. It burned 250,000 acres, through our beautiful National Forest, including the vicinity of Sunset Inn, and into Yosemite. We are so fortunate that our property was spared, thanks to the extraordinary efforts of some very heroic firefighters! The surrounding forest as well as a portion of Yosemite were hard hit in many areas, thankfully our spot remains a rather miraculous oasis.
The fire will have long lasting effects on the region, essentially changed for many years to come. The good news is restoration and reforestation efforts are already under way throughout the area! Here at Sunset Inn, we are raising seedlings and have begun to replant areas adjacent to our property. Much help is needed, and we plan to offer our guests the opportunity to get involved and 'plant a tree'.
The tremendous outpouring of love and support we've received from our dear friends and wonderful guests the world over, has been truly heartwarming! Thank you so much!!!
August 29, 2014
As a result of last years’ expansive forest fire, the ‘Rim Fire’, restoration efforts are moving forward. Hazard tree removal logging is now in progress along our county road to Sunset Inn, and is expected to last 2 to 3 weeks. We welcome the project as it will make our road safer, while removing a portion of the burned forest, making use of our natural resources while clearing the forest floor of further fuels. The unavoidable consequence of logging however is the noise, and they do get started early. This is quite a departure from the usual peace and quiet of Sunset Inn. Fortunately since loggers get started early in the day to beat the heat, it works out well for our guests who want to beat the crowds in Yosemite. And, they usually finish up early, by 3 or 4 pm, so our evenings are peaceful once again.
The logging in our area is expected to be short term as the workers move on. Naturally this is something we have no control over, however the loggers are aware of our business and will try to be mindful of our guests. Fortunately it has not been much of a concern for our guests thus far.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Also... there are temporary road closures in the area due to the logging, so guests are directed to use the following route options:
From the west, take Highway 120 east toward Yosemite. We are located about 24 miles east of Groveland, off Hwy 120. About 20 miles after Groveland, pass the first turn-off for Hardin Flat Road/ Berkeley Family Camp, and continue on 120 passing the Yosemite Lakes Texaco Station, over a bridge, and past the 4,000 foot elevation marker. Our usual turn-off is Golden Arrow Road, however this road is temporarily inaccessible due to logging, so instead continue east on 120 to the next turn-off at Hardin Flat Road. Turn right onto Hardin Flat Road going around the temporary barricade. Sunset Inn guests are permitted through. About 1 more mile, on your left you will see our wooden 'Sunset' sign and the green reflective address sign '33569', turn left here into our gravel driveway, continue about 200 yards, and through the gate to Sunset Inn!
From the east, take Highway 120 heading west. Ten miles past Crane Flat, exit Yosemite Park at the Big Oak Flat Entrance Gate. In 1 ½ miles, turn left onto Hardin Flat Road, going around the temporary barricade. Sunset Inn guests are permitted through. About 1 more mile, on your left you will see our wooden 'Sunset' sign and the green reflective address sign '33569', turn left here into our gravel driveway, continue about 200 yards, and through the gate to Sunset Inn!