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Yosemite in early November

Travelling to and visiting Yosemite National Park. How to get there, what to see or do, and other Yosemite trip advice.

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Yosemite in early November

Postby Sue » Mon Jul 28, 2008 8:29 am

Hi - We will be visiting San Francisco and plan to hire an RV for the first two weeks of November. It will be the first time we have driven an RV but we are used to towing a caravan in the UK.

We are about to plan our trip and would like to include a visit the Yosemite and if possible return to San Francisco via Death Valley. Suggested itineraries would be most welcome as we are aware we may not be able to access Death Valley as the road may be closed.

Advice re- weather and camp grounds in general and especially camping within the Yosemite national park would also be welcome.

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Re: Yosemite in early November

Postby dan » Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:49 pm

Here's a webpage that shows the opening and closing dates of Tioga Road:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tiogaopen.htm

You're cutting it close, but it (Tioga Road, aka Highway 120 east) will probably be open.

You should monitor this webpage prior and during your trip for information on Tioga Road:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Although the road is open, there are no services--you need enough gas to make it between the gas station at Crane Flat Junction in Yosemite National Park and the gas station at Lee Vining (Highway 395) at the east end of Tioga Road.

Otherwise, head west out of Yosemite down to Highway 99, head south on 99 to Highway 178 at Bakersfield. Head east on 178 over the southern Sierra Nevada mountains at Lake Isabella pass (open all year), then north on US 395 to Highway 190. Head east on 190 into Death Valley National Park.

You can also cross the Sierra Nevada on I-80 over Donner Pass, north of Yosemite, but that will take a lot longer and the road is icer and more dangerous than heading over the Sierras on 178.

You can camp in Yosemite Valley in winter at the North Pines Campground (open all year), although it will be cold that time of year (no snow yet though). You have great views of Yosemite Valley when you get up in the morning.
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Postby Sue » Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:08 am

Hi Dan

Thanks so much for the information. We will certainly keep an eye on those sites.

You mention it will be cold - how cold? We were expecting it to be cold at night - will it be below freezing? Will it also be cold during the day? It will be helpful to know to judge how much warm clothing to take with us.

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Postby dan » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:42 am

Here's a climate chart:
http://www.yosemite.ca.us/faq/1.html#climate

Month Temp high Temp low
Oct 74°F/23°C 39°F/4°C
Nov 58°F/14°C 31°F/0°C
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