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Yosemite Advice Request

Postby sheperd80 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:22 am

Hey folks, been away awhile but I'm back with another short notice request! I plan to take the GF to Yosemite this saturday for something memorable, but many of the things i wanted to do are just not going to work out due to lack of snow.

Experience: hers is very little
Interests: snowy scenery, mild hiking or show-shoeing, photography

Sleigh Ride at Tenaya, snowshoeing into Mariposa Grove, Discovery Hike at Badger Pass... These were some of my original ideas but it sounds like the snow just isnt there.

Any recommendations are appreciated. We'll only be there for one day, maybe 8am-5pm. We've been to Yosemite many times but never in winter.

Thanks.


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Re: Yosemite Advice Request

Postby cahiker » Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:12 pm

Maybe enjoy the valley with less crowds than in summer. Hike to Vernal Falls and Mirror Lake, walk to Yosemite Falls, stroll through the meadows and enjoy the scenery, have a picnic lunch. The scenery will be great even without snow (although I agree it would be extra special with snow!)
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Re: Yosemite Advice Request

Postby gary c. » Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:42 pm

I think that Yosemite Valley is great in the winter. No crowds, you can pretty much walk onto any bus and probably be the only one on it. We have went the last two years and had a great time. You can get a price on the heated cabins in Curry Village if you want to stay the night. A flyer I had received listed the heated tents for $52 a night but that price ended yesterday. Not as much water as the spring or summer but still very pretty and you have the outdoor ice skating rink available. We hiked up to Vernal Falls in January 2012. That's the year everything was very dry and the 120 stayed open thru January.

A very dry 2012 Vernal Fall. Should have more water this year tho.
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Emerald Pool above Vernal Fall.
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Outdoor Skating Rink.
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A lot of the shops and food services are shut down in the winter but there is still plenty to chose from.
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Re: Yosemite Advice Request

Postby sheperd80 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:14 pm

Yeah Im looking forward to it. Weve both been several times and done all the common trails but usually midsummer, so this should be a nice change. Ice skating could be fun i dont think shes ever done that.


Thanks for the replies. :-)

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Re: Yosemite Advice Request

Postby sheperd80 » Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:24 am

I'm not gonna make a whole TR for a leisurely day in the park, but we had a great time.

We stopped at badger, rented snowshoes and hiked up to old badger summit. Nice view of Clark range and some of northern Yosemite.

Then we headed for the valley. On the way we stopped at tunnel view and walked back into the tunnel to the little cave that pops out on the side of the mountain providing another great view into the valley.

Next was ice skating at Curry Village. She had fun but it didnt last long as she was already tired from snowshoeing.

Then we took a little stroll to the bridge below Yos Falls. It was really flowing making for some great pics.

We ended the day with dinner at El Cid in Oakhurst which was great despite being extremely crowded.

I kept the plan secret all day so she had alot of fun with all the suprise "firsts". Thanks for the tips everyone!


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