We're planning to visit Yosemite in mid-April (Easter weekend), 2022. Our main interest is to see the valley, waterfalls and do some short hikes.
Due to budget and availability, our lodging options are limited to a heated tent cabin in Curry Village, or hotel in Oakhurst (we are coming from Socal). We prefer to have wifi and a private bathroom, which has us leaning towards Oakhurst, but how bad would the drive to the Valley be that weekend? We don't mind long daily drives per se (3-4hrs a day is ok) but we would reconsider if the drive via southgate has a lot of traffic jams or is prone to icy/dangerous conditions (ie are there guardrails/shoulder room on the twisty sections of the drive?).
I'm also curious about the peak traffic/parking times throughout the day. I know early morning is best but husband has a strong preference to start the day late, so I'm wondering about traffic patterns between 11a-sunset. Would there be less crowds if we drove in way later, say mid afternoon? Or would the valley be crowded until after sunset?
Also, if we stayed in Curry Village, how crowded would it be at that time of year? Should we expect long queues for food/hot showers/check-in?