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March Backpacking in Yosemite

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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March Backpacking in Yosemite

Postby archive » Sun Jan 21, 2007 9:04 pm

Author: Brendan (---.dsl.mindspring.com)
Date: 12-28-01 06:50

I have a group of about 10 people that are looking to do a backpacking trip in early March this year. What kind of snow can we expect? Will snowshoes be a requirement? Are permits required for backcountry camping? Is backcountry camping realistic this time of year?


Re: March Backpacking
Author: Mark (---.atgi.net)
Date: 12-28-01 15:23

Only if you are snow camping would Yosemite be accessible in March to backpacking. That doesn't mean you couldn't do it with snow shoes, but I don't know about wilderness permits in the winter. Maybe someone else here does.

Even May is snowy in the high country most years, and June can even be cold up there.

Re: March Backpacking
Author: Dan Anderson (---.san.rr.com)
Date: 12-31-01 12:37

Mark is right--it's too cold unless you snow shoe or ski in and bring <b>warm, waterproof</b> gear.

You still need Wilderness Permits in winter, but it's no problem getting them (not many people in the backcountry in winter, except maybe Little Yosemite Valley and along the Glacier Point Road).
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