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Anyone here spent time at Yosemite National Park?

 
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Jun 09, 2016 16:01 |  #16

Not sure if it's too late, but we spent a few days there last year. There are some great iconic places to photograph,most of which seem to put Half Dome in the center. The main road through the valley has some nice views. The classic view looks back on the valley from just outside the tunnel off the main road (which is while it's called the tunnel view). Great views from Glacier point that you can drive to. You'll also past scenic viewpoints at Taft and washburn points, which are on the same road to Glacier point. If you are feeling energetic, the hike up Half Dome is great and I was able to get some nice photos along the way and from the top. Finally, if you have time it it worth a trip to Mono lake - some great views and interesting salt formations that look like stalagmites jutting up from the lake, and on the way you will pass Tenaya Lake and Olmstead point, two more classic scenic vistas


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Jun 10, 2016 16:46 |  #17

Mono lake is a complete waste of time, IMO. Inyo has much nicer lakes.

Definitely take Tioga road, but not much to see after the Yosemite gates unless you keep going down 395.


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Jul 06, 2016 17:22 as a reply to post 18011563 |  #18

Getting campsite in Yosemite is tough work. Especially in the valley. Best way is via the website - not sure of address but its listed on the nps.gov site for Yosemite camping.

Spots open up on the 15th of each month for either 4 or 6 months in advance. There are about 1500 sites in the valley, and they will be gone in literally 5 minutes or less. If you show up w/o a reservation you're crazy. Ive done it and got lucky, but each day I was there I had to move campsites. Not to mention get in line at the campground office by 7AM. Sorta screws your day.

I'd plan on going summer of 2017 and keep an eye on the reservations windows. Then try to get a week in the valley and a week in the high country at Toulumne. Waaaay cooler up there.

Good luck for this summer..but with no reservations its gonna be a tough trip in a larger RV. I can park my rig nearly anywhere its so small...


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Jul 06, 2016 17:25 as a reply to Obey's post |  #19

Hoover Wilderness and Twenty Lakes Basin is off Tioga Road just east of the Yosemite gate. Up a dirt road a few miles and you pop out at a campground with spectacular views. Then do the 5 mile loop thru the basin. One of the best dayhikes in the lower 48....


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Jul 07, 2016 09:00 |  #20

Obey wrote in post #18035456 (external link)
Mono lake is a complete waste of time, IMO. Inyo has much nicer lakes.

Definitely take Tioga road, but not much to see after the Yosemite gates unless you keep going down 395.

I would agree with all this, and I have to add anyone who has been to or near Mono the last few years realizes it is reaching a critical "low" as far as water level. Having said that, should you be in the area of Lee Vining, it isn't that far off Rt. 395 and you can satisfy your own curiosity.




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Aug 09, 2016 20:42 |  #21

Yosemite is huge and it is beautiful almost anywhere you go. In the Valley, you can park at almost any pull out, walk around a bit and find a decent composition with something iconic in the frame. (Half Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rock, one of the many falls, Three Brothers, etc.) The thing is you need to be sure to shoot at the right times of day. Usually during mid-day I'd wander around and scout for locations. Early morning and evening times is when I'd go back to places to shoot. Outside of the valley and up the Tioga Road is Tuolumne Grove, Olmsted point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows as the big stops. Glacier point gives a great view of the valley and Half Dome. Mariposa Grove near South Entrance.

You can find a lot of nice spots fairly close to wherever you park if you aren't into too much hiking. Just go a little bit off the beaten path though for a more unique composition.


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May 07, 2017 15:57 |  #22

[QUOTE=Obey;18035456]M​ono lake is a complete waste of time, IMO. Inyo has much nicer lakes.

Mono Lake has a lot to see if you're willing to stop for a couple of hours

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May 09, 2017 09:35 |  #23

Obey wrote in post #18035456 (external link)
Mono lake is a complete waste of time, IMO. Inyo has much nicer lakes.

Definitely take Tioga road, but not much to see after the Yosemite gates unless you keep going down 395.

Mono Lake has changed considerably with the abundant rainfall that area of the country experienced this past winter. As a point of interest, for any current planning, Tioga Pass doesn't even open until mid to late May due to snow. Always do some up front planning as far as accessing Yosemite! Use the site https://www.nps.gov ...anyourvisit/tiogaop​en.htm (external link) for current information.




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May 09, 2017 10:25 |  #24

John from PA wrote in post #18349957 (external link)
Mono Lake has changed considerably with the abundant rainfall that area of the country experienced this past winter. As a point of interest, for any current planning, Tioga Pass doesn't even open until mid to late May due to snow. Always do some up front planning as far as accessing Yosemite! Use the site https://www.nps.gov ...anyourvisit/tiogaop​en.htm (external link) for current information.

2017 is a record year for snowfall, with 2011, 1995, and 1983 being years of especially high snowfall.

  • 2011 opening of Tioga, June 18
  • 1995 opening of Tioga, June 30
  • 1983 opening of Tioga, June 29


This year has had the most snow since 1995. And just recently there was another 6-7" in places in the central Sierra Nevada mountains!

IOW. good luck this year...!

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May 11, 2017 08:33 |  #25

Another issue affecting Yosemite valley this year is the considerable drain off of water from melting snows. In the past 10 days, the Merced River has crested its official 'flood' status of 10' in FIVE days...four consecutive days a week ago, and it has just surpassed 10' again in the past 24 hours. Anyone considering driving to Yosemite and entering the valley floor would be wise to consult this web site and look at the 'Gage height, feet', particularly over the next 2 months.

https://waterdata.usgs​.gov/ca/nwis/uv?site_n​o=11266500 (external link)


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Jun 27, 2017 08:39 |  #26

Merced River dropped out of flood stage last week and it looks like its down for good. Tioga Pass is still closed.




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Jun 28, 2017 05:49 |  #27

Cliffbsa wrote in post #18388045 (external link)
Tioga Pass is still closed.

Yep. But scheduled to open tomorrow, 6/29

http://www.sacbee.com ...cal/article15853080​9.html (external link)

Bummer for those who have already visited the park. IMHO, a drive down Tioga Pass is better than a visit to Yosemite Valley itself.

Edit: But for those who can get there, soon after opening date is the time. Driving down Tioga there should still be snow on both sides of the road, on mountain tops, in Tuolumne Meadows and even floating on the lakes. For a landscape shooter, it's paradise.


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