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Itinerary Review Please

Bradenton, Florida
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Itinerary Review Please
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We are an active family of 4 - 2 in our mid 50's and 2 in mid 20's. We will be driving from Lake Tahoe the last week of June and spending 1 night just outside of Yosemite. Here is our current plan.

Leave early from Tahoe (we are flying in the night before from FL so will get an early start)

Drive to Yosemite with possible stop at Bodie or Mono Lake. Enter Tioga Pass Entrance. Go to Tuolumne Meadows and do the Cathedral Lake Trail, pothole dome and Olmsted Point Trail. We would then drive to Tuolumne Grove and stay there as long as possible but want to drive to our accommodations at Yosemite Lakes Hillside Yurt off of Hardin Flat Road before it gets dark.

Rise early the next morning and drive into Yosemite Valley. Stop at Tunnel View. Drive to Happy Isles or Curry Village and park to hike the Mist Trail (possibly Nevada Falls) to the Jon Muir Trail. Next hike is Yosemite Falls and then a stop at the swinging bridge before heading back to Lake Tahoe. Hope is to get there before dark.

Is this doable and in the correct order? We hiked the 5 UT National Parks last summer so rising early and long days of hiking aren't an issue.

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Yikes. It will be a long day to drive from Lake Tahoe to Tioga Pass to Groveland. Doable… but I doubt you can fit everything on your list. like Bodie which takes some time to get to.

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Cathedral Lakes is at least 6 miles RT to the lower lake and nearer 7. You can do Mono Lake and Pothole Dome (a personal favorite) and enjoy Olmstead Point, with a short stop at Tenaya Lake as well.

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You also need to have a reservation to drive through Yosemite on the way to your lodging in Groveland. That will then allow you back into the park for that day and the next 2 days. See https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm

Edited: 27 May 2022, 22:10
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