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A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby ridgeline » Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:54 pm

I had a friend ask a very broad question about hiking in and about yosemite around Christmas. He and his wife are in their early thirties, fit and looking for dayhikes with some elevation gain, not necessarily looking to summit a peak but to enjoy Yosemite in the winter. I told him I haven't a clue but I know a great website to get suggestions from. Any help I could pass on would be appreciated, camping or lodging, hiking, snowshoeing would be an option, They will be driving in from the west.
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby ndwoods » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:46 pm

I'm guessing Tioga Rd is closed?
Pohono trail tho, Hetch Hetchy area and the North rim would be nice right now...no crowds.
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:13 am

Hike up Tioga Road to the pass? Lots of el gain. Or turn off at Saddlebag Road? My guess is that the resorts on the west side are open. I used to drive to Badger Pass to ski.

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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby copeg » Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:12 am

Tioga road and Glacier Point road are both closed this time of year. I'm guessing they will be heading to Yosemite Valley? One hike I'd recommend this time of year is Snow Creek. It's surprisingly not crowded (esp. this time of year), and the view across to the face of half dome is incredible. If there is any sort of snowpack by then, I'd also recommend a ski/snowshoe from Badger Pass (rentals are usually available if the the ski area is open - scheduled to open tommorow) down Glacier Point Road, perhaps even as far as Dewey Point. Hetch Hetchy is also a good idea.
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby ridgeline » Thu Dec 11, 2008 4:06 pm

Thanks everyone!
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby maverick » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:58 pm

Hi Ridgeline

I'll assume they will be going to the Valley.
Go to the Yosemite NPS site click on "thing to do" and then "during winter" and
this will give them some options in the Badger, Crane Flat, and the Mariposa
Grove areas.
They will find lodging alternatives listed on the same site too.
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby LMBSGV » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:29 pm

My wife and I have gone almost every winter since 1983. To be honest, I only like to go to the Valley in the winter. On weekdays (except during school vacations, which around Christmas obviously is) there are very few people in the Valley. During the day, most people take the shuttle bus up to Badger Pass for the day. You can hike most trails and see very few people. As mentioned, Snow Creek is wonderful. Also up to Nevada Falls - we've done it a few times and seen only a couple of people after the Vernal Falls bridge. Even the hike up Yosemite Falls isn't very crowded, though the trail is usually blocked off at the base of the upper falls. And even areas such as El Capitan Meadow, Mirror Lake, Ahwahnee Meadow, or just walking across the center of the Valley from the Lodge can offer solitude, especially early in the morning (I get up to take pictures and the only people I usually see are a few employees). We especially love going during the full moon - there's nothing like walking across the Valley with the snowy cliffs shining in the moonlight.
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Re: A Little Yosemite Help Please

Postby MooseTracks » Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:55 am

For a different take on the Park, I would highly recommend heading down to Wawona and the Mariposa Grove. Snowshoeing/hiking around the giant sequoias, seeing the deep red bark against the dark earth/snow is an amazing contrast. Lots of places to explore and all day to take to do it...

Hope they have a good time! :D
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