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Day of driving, Yosemite

Postby ChinMusic » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:54 pm

I'm taking my daughter on a backpacking trip to Yosemite/Inyo and I'd like to schedule one day to just drive around and be a tourist.

What are the must-see stops and what would be a good route for the day?



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Re: Day of driving, Yosemite

Postby Bmac » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:41 pm

Glacier Point, Inspiration, Bridalveil, Lower Yosemite Falls, Top of Vernal Falls via Mist trail (3-4 miles round trip. If you have more time go to the top of Nevada... about 6-7 miles round trip). That should cover it for a day. Order works well if you are coming up 49 from Fresno, 140 and 120 would mean dropping into the valley and then going back out up 49 to see Inspiration and Glacier, which would add about an hour
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Re: Day of driving, Yosemite

Postby ChinMusic » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:53 pm

I should have mentioned that we will be backpacking from Tuolumne to Happy Isle so no need to hike the Mist Trail on the driving day.

Thanks for the listed stops.
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Re: Day of driving, Yosemite

Postby The Other Tom » Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:49 am

Don't forget the Mariposa grove of big trees. A must see, IMO.
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Re: Day of driving, Yosemite

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:34 am

Driving out Tioga Rd is the can't-miss. Driving around the valley should be done as early in the day as possible. Traffic in the afternoon is at its worst. Find a place to park in the day use parking at the village and ride the shuttle around, to not be caught in the jam between Curry and the Village.
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