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Travelling to and visiting Yosemite National Park in Winter and most of Spring, when snow is on the ground. Includes visiting in winter, snow play, downhill and nordic skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and snow camping.

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Camping in mid march

Postby Patty » Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:26 pm

Hey guys,
so I looked at the topic before me, and i seen the temperatures and stuff like that. :roll:
But how are the trails during mid march. Are they in a good condition and well shown or would it be more like trail finding then actually hiking.

Also I am from KY and I will be flying in Fresno since that is the closest airport, but I am only 19 so I can't have a rental car. Does anyone know anything about a shuttle that takes people to Yosemite National park, or anything else.

Also to anyone that has done a 7 day trip in the Yosemite national park in that type of weather, I would love to see some pictures and experiences.

Thanks for all the help,

Patty :D
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Re: Camping in mid march

Postby dan » Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:10 pm

Connections are poor between the Fresno Airport (FAT) and Yosemite. No, I mean they absolutely suck--sorry. Try to get to Merced Airport (MCE). Unfortunately, Merced is served by only one obscure airline, Great Lakes Airlines. Amtrak also stops in Merced. See

Merced is important because that's where the daily bus stops between Merced and Yosemite Valley. Take that to get to Yosemite Valley See http://www.yarts.com/

Once you're in Yosemite Valley, you have it made. There's a free skiers shuttle that runs between all the hotels in the Valley and Badger Pass Ski Area. You don't need to be a hotel guess and you don't need to buy a ski ticket--it's truly free. Ask in the hotel lobby when you get there.

There's also a free shuttle bus that runs in the valley daily.

From Badger Pass Ski Area, head out on the Glacier Point Road. Most snow campers snowshoe, but a few cross-country ski. By March the snow should be consolidated enough that you'll have no problem sinking in with snowshoes (and sometimes even without). March days are relatively mild (down to the 20s or so F), but snow storms can still occur.

At Badger Pass, check in at the Rangers cabin, a "A" frame cabin at the north end of Badger Pass Ski Area. Get a map there and a Wilderness Permit (no problem getting one that time of year). See www.nps.gov/yose/wilderness/

The summer trails are covered with snow, but ski trails are visible. Don't walk in the ski tracks--walk to the side if you're not skiing. Here's a ski map (click on Badger Pass)

I gotta go. Maybe someone else will chime in with more tips. Or ask more questions.
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