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Yosemite Sam1

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Posted: 01/23/20 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You can stay at the Valley and Upper Pines and other campgrounds are not as crowded but no hook ups.

We winter camped at 28F and in heavy snow with no problems on our Coleman Lite without heated pipes or tank.

Yes, be prepared to drive through icy roads or even be stranded inside the park when the close the roads due to heavy snowfall.

And too for driving over icy road. My 4x4 tow vehicle helped but had to crawl as some hairpin curves.

But Yosemite is absolutely beautiful and breath taking in winter and bucket list worthy.

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profdant here has an excellent trip report about camping in the winter in Yosemite. And yes, they did get snowed in.

Yosemite is absolutely amazing! And going when it's less crowded is definitely the thing to do.

Do be aware, when you are checking distances to the park, mapping software will tell you the distance to the entrance. It is a full one hour drive from the entrance to the place you want to see, Yosemite Valley.

That means that the nearest campgrounds outside the park are an hour and a half or two hours away.


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Naio wrote:

profdant here has an excellent trip report about camping in the winter in Yosemite. And yes, they did get snowed in.

Yosemite is absolutely amazing! And going when it's less crowded is definitely the thing to do.

Do be aware, when you are checking distances to the park, mapping software will tell you the distance to the entrance. It is a full one hour drive from the entrance to the place you want to see, Yosemite Valley.

That means that the nearest campgrounds outside the park are an hour and a half or two hours away.

Oh good tip! Hmm maybe I’ll see about staying inside the park!

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the campgrounds inside the park are cheap, have flush toilets, and I could see Half Dome from my bed when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night.

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Naio wrote:

the campgrounds inside the park are cheap, have flush toilets, and I could see Half Dome from my bed when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night.

Ok perfect. Which campground did you stay in there?
We just camped inside Joshua Tree NP & it was really cold at night but super quiet and amazing. Much. Prefer that than the crowds for sure.

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I don't think you get a choice of campgrounds in the winter. I think they only have one open, and they rotate different ones. Just go, you will love it :-).

But bring every blanket you own, and pants and sweaters big enough to wear over several layers of long underwear. I was there at the end of April, and it was so cold I heard a woman in the bathroom complaining that her toothpaste had frozen

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Upper Pines, and only the front part of it, is the only campground the NPS keeps open in the winter. Normal February temps in Yosemite Valley are usually highs in the mid 50’s and low’s in the mid to low 30’s. Although getting heavy snow is always a possibility in the valley, it usually stays on the mild side compared to higher elevations. Thus far it has been a fairly mild winter there. Accuweather can give you a 15 day forecast. And of course carry chains and extra blankets. Winter is really nice there for avoiding the crowds of summer. As already mentioned, the natural “firewall” in February is a bonus. Should be a great trip!


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Naio wrote:

the campgrounds inside the park are cheap, have flush toilets, and I could see Half Dome from my bed when I woke up in the morning and when I went to bed at night.


Nice anecdote while I just woke up looking at the enormous Half Dome while winter camping in Yosemite's Upper Pines campground, the thought runs through my mind: this is a nice way to die and be buried in case we are caught with the California big one while camping here.[emoticon]

Yeah, you can't escape and run when that happens.[emoticon]

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I think I would look into available cabins or lodge. We like our TT but staying in it in freezing weather is not worth the anticipated trouble (like cold) and unanticipated trouble (like pipes freeze or furnace out).


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