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Advice Needed for visiting Yosemite!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:13 pm
by archive
Author: Michelle
Date: 01-06-03 13:39

We're planning on going to Yosemite in late May '03 for possibly 3 days. I've never been there and would love some advice!

1) No camping for us so what's a good reasonable motel/hotel to stay at and in which area?

2) We'd like to do a tour, maybe horseback riding. Any recommendations for an outfitter? What other tours are good?

3) Is late May too cold for whitewater rafting?

4) Which areas are nice to see and which waterfalls do you recommend?

Any advice from anyone would be greatly appreciated. I'm going with family so we are not planning on doing anything too strenuous!

Re: Advice Needed!
Author: Dan Anderson
Date: 01-21-03 16:34

I recommend Yosemite Lodge in the valley. There are also wooden cabins with and without bath in Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (and tent cabins with wood floors).

These are often hard to get unless you reserve in advance. The next best places are motels and hotels just outside the park, such as in El Portal and Oakhurst. However, there's nothing like staying IN the valley.

There's stables in Yosemite Valley near Pines Campground. They have guided tours up the Valley to Mirror Lake and Happy Isles on bridle trails. I also recommend the Valley Tour. It's on an open air bus and it gives you a good orientation to the valley.

There's no whitewater rafting in the park. There's some outside on the Tuolumne River. There's flatwater rafting on the Merced River through Yosemite Valley. Beautiful. You rent a tube or raft in Curry Village and the pick you up at the west end of the Valley. Not guided and at your own pace.

The water is always cold, but the summer heat makes it more bearable. Yes, May is too cold for whitewater.

Waterfalls--hard to miss Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls. Also hike up and see Vernal and Nevada Falls on a short but steep trail (1 or 2 miles one way , depending on how far you go).

Re: Advice Needed!
Author: Eric Silvester
Date: 03-20-03 22:11

We just got back and it is very tough to put into words. Can't speak about lodging since we took advantage of hot deals at The Ahwahnee. Curry Village looked good and The Yosemite Lodge looked good too if you want to wake up to Yosemite Falls. If you have flexibility in your dates, please do yourself a favor and include time during a full moon. We missed the full moon by one day, but the moonlight on the Valley is SPECTACULAR. It forced us to get in the car for a drive at 10:00 at night. Take the Vernal Falls hike, we have a 3 and 6 year old and made it to the bridge and back so going on with no kids should not be an issue. The higher points of the valley which we could not get to would be a must see as well. Hope this helps and if you want some pictures please email me.

what to see in yosemite

PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:20 pm
by archive
Author: Justin (
Date: 04-14-02 12:12


The girlfriend and myself are camping in upper pines from the 28th of april until may 4th. We plan on bringing our bikes, and doing the horse guide. besides that we are not really sure what to check out. We plan to do some light hiking, as we are not experienced hikers. Can anyone suggest some things for us to do/see? we plan on taking many many pictures :)

Thanks a lot!

Re: what to see in yosemite
Author: Dan Anderson (
Date: 04-14-02 15:06

First, see the falls in the Valley. They are best in the Spring or early Summer (they dry out or are much smaller after mid-summer). Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls are short walks almost anyone can do.

Vernal and Nevada falls are accessed from the start of the John Muir Trail at Happy Isles (take the shuttle bus to get to the trailhead). Vernal will take about 2 hours to see and Nevada about a half day or all day depending on how much you stop. Some people hike all the way to Half Dome, but it's a long all-day hike only for the fit.

Don't forget Glacier Point. You can drive there or take a bus and hike down from Glacier Point. Some people bike some or all of the Glacier Point Road. There's also the high sierra country in Tuolumne. There's giant Sequoias in Wawona and another small grove near Crane Flat, the Tuolumne Grove. There's a closed road through the Tuolumne Grove that should be interesting to bike through. You can start from the top at Crane Flat or (better), start from the bottom at the Big Oak Flat Road and coast back.

Re: what to see in yosemite
Author: Rick Ellis (63.95.39.---)
Date: 04-17-02 16:21

"Don't forget Glacier Point."

The Glacier Point road might not be open by then. They just started plowing on monday and it snowed today. But there's a chance.