24 Hours in Yosemite During Fall 🇺🇸
Beat the summer crowds, breathe the crisp autumn air, and celebrate Yosemite’s birthday on September 30! 🍁🍃
Why visit during autumn? The summer brings about wildfires, impacting trips. Vehicle entrance into the park is $35, valid for 7 days.
You can stay either in Yosemite Valley or outside the park in Bass Lake or Oakhurst. We stayed at a chalet at the Pines Resort.
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Bass Lake also has canoe and hiking activities, as well as a nice market to gather groceries if you need food for the day in the park.
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Start your day off in Yosemite at Mariposa Grove near the South entrance. The shortest hike takes 2 hours to but the Giant Sequoias are worth it.
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Take Wawona Road (Hwy 41) to the famous Tunnel View, made famous by Ansel Adams. The parking lot is immediately left of the tunnel opening.
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The viewpoint gives you a lay of the land with El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls all in your range of sight. Take pictures!
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Even though Bridalveil Falls flows yearround, by November, you’ll see the waterflow is but a trickle. However, the fall foliage frames it nicely.
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Half Dome is a Yosemite icon. The 16-mile hike takes about 12 hours roundtrip and you will need a permit. Hiking is closed by November.
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You can’t miss El Capitan, a mecca for rock climbers and the granite monolith that captivated viewers in the award-winning documentary “Free Solo.”
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Yosemite rules: even in the fall time, keep your food sealed and away from bears, don’t step on precious flora, and bring car chains in case of snow.
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Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in all of Yosemite Park, fed by melted snow. See the full rush of water in May and June before it dries up.
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With Yosemite Falls being dry, you can walk upstream on the riverbed for a semi-grueling, but fun, climb over the massive boulders. It’s slippery!
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If you’re looking for souvenirs, check out Out West in Bass Lake for a great offering of adventure-inspired gear. #shopsmall
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