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Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby bmcnally » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:22 pm

I'm planning a backpacking trip for August, and I'd like to start from White Wolf in Yosemite. I'll be arriving via YARTS in the valley at 8 pm on a Tuesday, so I'm planning on picking up my permit the next day. Of course, without a car I am going to need to take the backpackers' bus to White Wolf, which leaves the Yosemite Lodge area at 8:20 AM.

So my question is basically what are the chances that I am able to pick up my reserved permit and make the bus at 8:20 If I'm get to the wilderness permit station at 7:30? I've never gone through the process of picking up a reserved permit, so I'm not sure what to expect. Read some other posts here that said the rangers give you a spiel and ask you some questions, so I'm more than a little concerned about how long that will take.

I'm guessing the time it takes to pick up a permit can very widely, but I thought I'd ask in case that scheduling turns out to be totally unworkable. If it seems like it might be doable, I'd appreciate any tips that might help me expedite the process. Otherwise, I'll start taking a closer look at my plans B and C.

Thanks, Much Appreciated.



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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby Ska-T » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:49 pm

The Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center opens at 7:30am in July and August. Since getting your permit quickly is very important to you is there any reason you can't show up at the office by 7am or earlier and be first in line? Once you start the permit process with a ranger it takes about 10 min.
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby ndwoods » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:50 pm

I've never waited terribly long, but if you are worried about it then get in line at the door much earlier!:) Bring your hot drink and a book....
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby bmcnally » Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:00 am

Hey thanks for the quick replies. That's what I'll do, just get there early. Good to know it won't take to long. Thanks again!
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby markskor » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:22 am

Just some thoughts...
"Next day" permit lines open up later...10:00 (maybe 11:00, I forget).
You should not have that many in front of you at 7:00, being as you are in a different group. You are picking up a reserved permit and thus your different line opens up first - 7:30.
BTW, Rangers in Yosemite know about the bus and making that connection. They will ask first thing as they open up. Speak up!

To add, most hikers are cool and when informed of what you are attempting...(Permit and then the bus) - most will move you to the front graciously, after they realize that you are not a permit threat...will not be taking their possible permit, and you have a tight schedule...

Be cool, smile, and say something...just ask those ahead.
I anticipate no real problem making the bus with permit in hand.
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby overheadx2 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:01 pm

If nothing else, you could just take the bus to Tuolumne and get your permit there. From there I believe you can take the local shuttle to white wolf. You would have to back track, but its an option if the Valley doesn't work out.
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Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:51 pm

It would have to be the yarts to white wolf. shuttles have boundaries - the tm shuttle turns around at olmsted.
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby paula53 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:55 pm

The local shuttle busses don't go past Olmstead point. I wish they would go all the Way to White Wolf, it would make life easier on us backpackers.
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby maverick » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:24 pm

HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby iHartMK » Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:19 am

Long lines?.. I guess this is why I prefer Sequoia & Kings Canyon.
I love Yosemite... but I don't like waiting in long lines.
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Re: Waiting in long lines to pick up a reserved permit in Yosemi

Postby Saltydog » Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:02 am

WHich YARTS are you taking? You should be able to pick up your permit at Crane Flat and take the TM shuttle to WW. WW is way west of Olmstead, isn't it?
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