Summer in Yosemite: You Might Not Know This, but…

Summer in Yosemite: You Might Not Know This, but…

  • There is a good chance the waterfalls will be either DRY or down to a TRICKLE.  That includes all the big ones– Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and Bridalveil Fall.
  • You NEED reservations for camping and lodging, especially on weekends.
    • BUT— There are a few first-come camping options (I would personally never risk it though, as these can be full by late morning in the summer.)

      from yosemitefun.com

      from yosemitefun.com

  • There could be smoke in any area of the park from nearby wildfires, which can sometimes make it a little harder to breathe.
    • BUT— Smoke adds a lovely atmospheric quality to the mornings and evenings.

      Morning Smoky Haze in Leidig Meadow July 2009.

      Morning Smoky Haze in Leidig Meadow July 2009.

  • The air is VERY dry.
    • BUT— Dry air + higher elevations = a beautiful and intense blue sky.  I call it High Sierra Blue.

      High Sierra Blue Sky 2013.

      High Sierra Blue Sky 2013.

  • The trails are VERY dry and dusty.
    • BUT— You pretty much don’t have to worry about it raining.  If you are lucky enough to experience one of those rare summer showers, you may be even luckier and see a rainbow.

      July 17, 1994

      July 17, 1994

  • Yosemite sees around 4 million visitors per year– MOST of those during the summer.  It is crowded!
    • BUT— Some of my very favorite places are the least crowded.  Sit by the Merced River near the Swinging Bridge or escape to Tuolumne Meadows.
      Tuolumne Meadows July 2009.

      Tuolumne Meadows July 2009.

      Originally posted on March 9, 2014 by Ginger.

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