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Best time for Yosemite? Early or Mid Summer?

 
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Jan 04, 2018 07:45 |  #1

I'm planning a trip to Yosemite in 2019. We can go anytime from mid May to July. Wondering what is the best time? It seems like if we go earlier, the waterfalls are pretty and the crowds are smaller (hate crowds), but higher elevations are snow covered. If we go later, more crowds, but then we can explore bigger stretches of the park.

What's your preference and why?


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Jan 07, 2018 10:31 |  #2

For the same reasons as you we opted for mid-May this year, but fully realize that might mean snow and limits on access to Yosemite. We'll keep fingers crossed and hope for the best ;-)a




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Jan 07, 2018 18:25 |  #3

nordlysBW wrote in post #18535549 (external link)
For the same reasons as you we opted for mid-May this year, but fully realize that might mean snow and limits on access to Yosemite. We'll keep fingers crossed and hope for the best ;-)a

Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.


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Jan 08, 2018 11:33 as a reply to repete7's post |  #4

I'll keep you posted . Reckon with mid June when I'm back as we will only at best have sketchy internet access on vacation.




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Jan 08, 2018 12:12 |  #5

I've been to Yosemite twice, both times in late June (2006 and 2012). Crowds were insane both visits but particularly bad in 2012 (probably even worse more recently). The thing with the crowds is to get out on the road or trail EARLY. If you are there for photography, then you will be out early probably anyway. I can't get the wife rolling for sunrise, but we are usually on the trails by 0800 and that usually gets us out ahead of most of the tourists.

As for the waterfalls, that depends on the amount of snow that falls the previous winter. The following two photos were taken almost in June but about 6 years apart (top one on 11 June 2006 and bottom on 29 June 2012). Big difference in the volume of water coming over Yosemite Falls! But Navada Falls and Virginia Falls were both flowing nicely in 2012.

IMAGE: https://photos.smugmug.com/Travel/United-States/US-West-Coast/California-2012/CA-2012-Day-09/i-jC3zDCq/0/2672124a/L/Yosemite02%206-2006%20001-L.jpg
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My preference is to have more of the trails open so I would opt for a little later time frame (mid June), but then I'm a hiker who carries a camera rather than a photographer ;-)a

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