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Old 11-16-2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Yosemite in Almost Winter

We just spent most of a week in the Yosemite Valley enjoying the beauty of the park as well as the somewhat cooler weather.(17 degrees some nights)

Mid week sites in Upper Pines (only open CG in the Valley after Nov 1) are easy to get, but the campground went from about 50 campers on Wednesday, to "Full" (240+ sites) on Friday night. There is a central campground reservation office at Camp Curry as well as the www.recreation.gov site for advance reservations.

But it is a beautiful time to visit and the spring & summer crowds are all but gone.

Here's a few of the pics we shot. Click to enlarge.
1. Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
2. Half Dome
3. Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls
4. El Capitan
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:00 PM   #2
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Beautiful, Bob. Don't get to do it much, but it's nice to visit places when there are fewer people. But 17 degrees?... Brrr!
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Water in Yosemite Falls this time of year? That's a real treat, usually it is bone dry about now. You must have caught it just after some showers.

Nice photos. Thanks for sharing!


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Old 11-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #4
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Oh, I completely agree! It's such a beautiful place this time of year and without all the crowds. I was there a week ago right after the first big storm of the year closed Tioga Pass. There was a bear just behind my campsite one morning and the next night a couple of playful coyotes ran through the campground around 9 or 10 pm. I hiked a few miles up the Upper Yosemite Falls trail for lunch and saw a bobcat. Of course, there were the many deer constantly wandering the meadows. I've been to Yosemite many times and have never seen that many different animals in the same trip.

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Yosemite Falls

Yep, it was unusual for water on the falls so late. We had to delay arrival by 2 days to let a storm clear. Chains/snow tires were still required on some roads. Tioga and Glacier Point roads are closed for the season.


1. Upper Yosemite Falls and Moi
2. A Visitor
3. Bridalveil Fall
4. Wapama Falls, Hetch-Hetchy Valley
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Yosemite in Almost Winter

I lived in Yosemite Valley for about 8 years, ending my residency in 2013. Yosemite from October till May can have weather ranging from spring-like conditions to full on winter snow storms. Even if you do your due diligence and keep your eye on weather systems, Yosemite Valley can be unique and often weather in the Valley doesn't conform to weather reports. At any rate, Yosemite is a great place to visit during this time of year. Just be prepared for every scenario if you want to ride out your stay. For instance, rain may lead to snow and that may lead to ice. The south side of the Valley can turn into an ice rink with ice several inches deep. In addition, when the temps rise a little bit after a snow storm, the trees can shower ice bombs everywhere. I have seen stickies dented up from falling ice but I don't recall seeing FG trailers damaged. Of course, during that time I was backpacking instead of spending time in trailers.

Thanks to the above posters for putting up pictures. I still live minutes outside the park but I cannot get enough of that scenery.
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:31 PM   #7
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One place that is my bucket list. Thank you for the pics, it must be wonderful to be there without it being crowded.
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We love Yosemite and were there in October, before any rain. It's nice to see some water in the falls now. We like the spring of fall times best and as you noticed, it is not crowded except for Friday and Saturday nights.

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You were lucky

You had blue skies. When we visited, it was overcast.
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We had blue skies a couple days, then they did a controlled burn of underbrush near Bridleveil Falls in the valley and Upper Pines got very smokey at night, could not see Half Dome in the morning. Then it rained one day, so we got a whole variety on conditions. Always fun in Yosemite though. We try to go every year.

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I was there the middle of Aug in '14 and the falls were bone dry. Did you do any hiking? When I was there we took off on the John Muir Trail and hiked to Bishop. FANTASTIC trail if you are a hiker.
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Nope, Our hiking daze included the Pacific Coast Trail and sections of the old High Sierra trail, but those were many years ago.


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Nice pictures Bob

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We just spent most of a week in the Yosemite Valley enjoying the beauty of the park as well as the somewhat cooler weather.(17 degrees some nights)

Mid week sites in Upper Pines (only open CG in the Valley after Nov 1) are easy to get, but the campground went from about 50 campers on Wednesday, to "Full" (240+ sites) on Friday night. There is a central campground reservation office at Camp Curry as well as the www.recreation.gov site for advance reservations.

But it is a beautiful time to visit and the spring & summer crowds are all but gone.

Here's a few of the pics we shot. Click to enlarge.
1. Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View
2. Half Dome
3. Upper & Lower Yosemite Falls
4. El Capitan
: we got those but in the heat of the summer months a few years ago. Got kicked out of the park as no Over Night parking and as we needed gas drove back a ways to the outskirts of the park got gas and found a spot beside the road. Got up in AM then drove back to the Park for more time spent 2 whole days putting around, next came Death Valley and did we have Over heating problems there along with bad starter etc. at 119*F for a whole 9 hours in the sun but oh it was fun.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:11 AM   #14
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Free advise, if any one is still following:


1. There is no gas in Yosemite Valley to discourage driving (it works).
2. Free shuttle busses run every 10-20 minutes.
3. There are gas stations near all entrances ($$$), and in the park at Wawona and Crane Flats.
4. There is a central campsite registration office at Camp Curry and one "might" get a last minute camp site reservation due to a cancellation or a no-show, but don't count on it. As mentioned, overnight parking is not allowed in the park. Use www.recreation.gov for reservations.
5. Never go to Death Valley in the summer. Even the snakes leave for a vacation...LOL
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