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1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

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1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

We are very excited to visit Yosemite next week, albeit a short visit this time - only 1.5 days. I was hoping you could help me with itinerary. We are staying in Oakhurst so on day 1 (which is a Sunday) we plan to leave our hotel by 7am and hopefully arrive to the park by 8am. We've reserved the Yosemeti Falls Day Use Parking. From there - do we take the shuttle to the Valley Information Centre? What do you recommend doing on Day 1 - are the waterfalls running? swim in Mirror lake? Thinking of renting bikes to explore the valley.

On day 2, plan to arrive early (and this will be our day enroute to LA) - and drive up to Glacier Point? How much time do you recommend to spend there? Any feedback is greatly appreciated - would love an idea on "easy" hikes given the heat.

Thanks in advance.

Edited: 28 July 2017, 02:49
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1. Re: 1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

That's great that you have a parking pass (as parking has been a nightmare all month). Renting bikes would be very nice as there are roads that only the shuttle busses can drive (and its a much more fun to see from a bike than from the crowded shuttle bus). There is of course some uphill and downhill riding, but the valley floor area in many areas is fairly flat. For some bike routes see

https:/…biking.htm

You can swim at Mirror Lake - but check the weather (i.e. thunderstorms can rumble through in August.)

The second day to do Glacier Point is good. I would suggest getting there as early in the morning as possible.

The views are amazing - if you are not doing hiking, an hour once you drive there is sufficient.

After 10 there is a shuttle bus as well if you decide not to drive all the way

https:/…glacierpoint.htm

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2. Re: 1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

The Lower Yosemite Falls parking lot is only 0.5 mile from the Yosemite Visitor Center. You can walk there in 10 minutes or so. Instead of walking to the shuttle bus stop, and wait for a shuttle.

The Visitor Center is a busy place in the summer. Unless you want to see some exhibits, you don't need to visit it necessarily. You can find all kinds of information on the Internet as you would walking into a visitor center. Will save you time. They will show some movies. But you can youtube lots of videos about Yosemite too.

Mirror Lake is not exactly a lake. More like a few shallow ponds. Water is shallow. Not that good for swimming. The water flowing (Merced River) is rapid, ice cold from melted ice. If want to swim, more visitors would go to downstream in the valley, like in the meadow.

Water this year should be pretty good into the mid summer.

Glacier Point - if just for sight-seeing, the view (no hiking), maybe 2 hours. If hiking, Taft Point and Sentinel Dome can last you 3 to 4 hours.

Edited: 28 July 2017, 03:04
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3. Re: 1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

Thank you for your suggestions - very helpful.

So once we park at the waterfall parking lot, where do we go? straight to the valley/falls?

How long is the drive from the southern entrance to glacier point? would you recommend the Taft Point hike ?

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4. Re: 1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

Hi

The maps are linked to the Top Questions on the right. Here are two really good maps of the Valley:

https:/…valleyshuttle.pdf

https:/…yosevalley2008.pdf

On your entrance day, you will get to the South Entrance in just 30 minutes. Then it's another hour to Yosemite Valley. After you exit the Wawona Tunnel, stop at Tunnel View. Parking will be on the right (the left lot is an option but is tougher to access. I recommend the lot on the right.) Take in the views. Then get back in the car and continue down to Bridalveil Fall. Walk up. Then back in the car and drive directly to your parking lot.

From the car, you can walk to Yosemite Lodge and rent bikes. Make a loop around the Valley. If you're keeping the bikes all day, stop at spots where *you* have already determined you want to enjoy/hike/see. If not, just ride back to the Lodge so that the bikes can be rented again.

The Yosemite Valley topic in the top Questions on the right has ideas. And yes, Mirror 'lake'/Meadow is a wide spot on Tenaya Creek. It's not a lake at all. The Mist Trail is the most popular one in the Valley. If you're doing that one, I recommend boarding a shuttle for Shuttle Stop 16 (trailhead) as soon as you arrive. Head up before it's too hot and the trail is too crowded.

The next day, drive back in but turn up Glacier Point Road. Taft Point is fine. Sentinel Dome is the most popular hike from this road, and for good reason. It's terrific. Some folks make a 4.9 mile loop including Pohono Trail. Drive on to Glacier Point for more views.

Glacier Point is, of course, not on the way to L.A. After your Glacier Point tourism, you drive back to Oakhurst and then on to Los Angeles.

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5. Re: 1.5 day Yosemeti trip next week

Since you will be at the Yosemite Falls parking lot, might as well go see the Yosemite Falls first. If you want to go to the visitor center, can walk instead of taking the shuttle. To other places, they are farther, then would probably be better to wait for the shuttle.

Taft Point and Sentinel Dome are both worth visiting. But they both involve a little bit of a hike. A short and easy one. Taft Point - is a sheer cliff face straight down >2000 feet. Not for someone with a fear of height. Sentinel Dome is the highest vantage point in the Glacier Point area. 360-degree view of the park.

Glacier Point is about 1 hour by driving from the Valley floor or from Southern entrance.

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