"When To Go" Weather Wise Tip by Ischyros

Weather Wise, Yosemite National Park: 14 reviews and 17 photos

Favorite thing: Yosemite is a beautiful, breathtaking park any time of the year, but each season has it's pros and cons. When you decide when you want to go, you must decide what is more important to you: waterfalls, fewer crowds, alpine meadows, Glacier Point views of the valley, weather. To get a more indepth idea of what each season is like, I have posted four General Tips devoted to each of the four seasons of the year. But each season at a glance:
-Least crowded (except around Christmas holiday)
-Outdoor ice skating rink and Badger pass ski area are open.
-Fresh snowfall makes the valley even more gorgeous.
-Lodging prices almost slashed in half from the high season.
-Many hiking trails closed
-Snowstorms can close roads
-Tioga Road and Glacier Point closed.
-Waterfalls not running at full strength.

-Waterfalls at full strength
-Warm weather
-Some trails open
-Crowds begin to pick up
-Tioga Road and Glacier Point still closed
-Lodging rates increase

-All trails open
-Cables up on Half Dome
-All tours operating
-Tioga Road and Glacier Point open
-Very crowded
-Lodging rates are highest
-Waterfalls diminish to almost nothing by August
-Hot days
-Occasional afternoon thunderstorms

-Warm days, cool nights
-Crowds diminish significantly
-Trails still open until November
-Tioga Road and Glacier Point usually still open til November.
-Watefalls almost non-exsistant
-Days get cooler and wetter into November and December
Tioga Road and Glacier Point eventually close

As I said, for more indepth information on each season visit my other four general tips on those seasons.

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  • Updated Aug 13, 2003
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