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first trip to Yosemite

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:38 am
by mongo
I,m from Penna. and headed that way next month.Should be arriving Sunday the 16th.I,ve been doing some research but figure this site is a good place for info.Here back east in our state forests we don,t have many rules or regs for primitive camping.We put on a pack and disappear for a few days.I plan on coming in via the Tioga road and staying for maybe 3 days.I want to do some day hikes and at least 1 overnighter.Any advice is appreciated.I'll be solo.Are the campgrounds still pretty full that time of year?What are nighttime temps ?Are bugs a big issue?We do most of our trips here in late fall thru winter for trapping and hunting and don,t use tents much.(tarp and sleeping bag is our normal)Is a tent a must?
I,m not a seasoned veteran but have spent many nights alone on trips here in Penna.-out in Wyoming-Idaho(grand tetons)and some amazing trips in different parts of Alaska.I,m 50-good shape-kinda old school-still using an old marine corps style pack.Sorry to ramble.Any help is greatly appreciated.Have a fantastic day!!!Lloyd

Re: first trip to Yosemite

PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:10 am
by dan
After Labor Day the campgrounds pretty much empty out. In fact, some of them close after September. For Yosemite Campground availability, see this unofficial, but informative website:
And the official NPS website on Yosemite Campgrounds:

Bugs are not an issue this late in the season. But a tent is nice for privacy and warmth (and mosquitoes in Spring and early or mid- Summer), especially for Tioga Road campgrounds (it will get down to freezing).