Friday, 27 March 2015 11:45

Yosemite in the Spring

Yosemite in the Spring

Yosemite in bloom truly awakens the senses. Experience the stunning springtime sights – blossoming wildflowers and waterfalls flowing at their peak, a perfect landscape for budding photographers. The forests become a natural studio for endless bird song while hibernating wildlife return from their winter slumber. Events in the area are in high demand, while rock climbers can assess the best line to climb up Yosemite’s iconic granite features.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN VISITING YOSEMITE MARIPOSA COUNTY


Spring, the perfect season for waterfalls:

Springtime in Yosemite offers visitors the chance to witness cascading waterfalls flowing at their peak; as warmer weather begins to melt the snow, even the smallest creeks are rushing with water. Visitors may see many small, unnamed waterfalls and cascades all along the Valley rim. Five of North America’s largest waterfalls can be found in Yosemite.

Spring see’s the reopening of the Tioga Pass:

The Tioga Pass which generally closes in November tends to re-open in late May early June depending on the snowfall over the winter. The opening of the Tioga Pass, Yosemite’s most stunning entry point, gives visitors the opportunity to enter Yosemite Valley from the East on the 395 Highway. Glacier Point road also opens towards the end of May providing access to one of Yosemite’s greatest panoramic points. Whilst it is impossible to predict when these roads will open in April and May, here is a link that will provide you with information on the opening and closing dates of the Tioga Pass and Glacier Point from previous years.

Time to hike:

While some of Yosemite, in heavy snowfall years, remains snowy through May and into June, some hikes from Yosemite Valley, Wawona, and Hetch Hetchy are often snow-free by April, and most are usually snow-free by sometime in May. But be prepared for any weather eventuality by taking warm, waterproof clothing, sunscreen and water.

Activities abound:

Spring see’s the opening and start of many Yosemite activities such as horseback riding; the valley stable typically opens in late April, conditions permitting. Bicycle paths in Yosemite Valley are snow-free in May and an excellent way to get around eastern Yosemite Valley. Bikes are available for rent at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Curry Village. With regards to rafting, the Merced River is usually closed to rafting and kayaking in May, except following relatively dry winters.

Marvel in Mariposa:

Warmer weather in spring brings with it a good dose of sunshine, beautiful flowers and the signs of new life. Pretty hanging baskets dot the town’s walk ways and window boxes which is very pleasing to the eye. Feel the old West as you stroll up historic Main Street on the wooden sidewalks or take a tour of the 1854 court house, the oldest court house west of the Rockies which is still in continuous operation. Experience the old days in the exhibits at the Mariposa Museum and History Centre, named one of the best small museums in America by the Smithsonian Institute.

Victoria's Story – a local's perspective, owner of Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch LLC



'My primary job is creating marketing materials such as website, brochures, social media as well as creating co-ops with lodging partners and tour companies. I am also a certified zipline guide! Without a doubt the element I enjoy the most is getting to see the zippers have a blast together; Families of all ages, demographics and fitness levels bonding, smiling and creating lasting memories.

The thing that makes Yosemite so special to me is its beauty; the Yosemite / Mariposa area is stunningly beautiful across all seasons and the breadth of activities on offer focusing on the outdoors, history and wildlife is amazing.

A typical day for me starts at the advenutre ranch which is also our family home, so after feeding the kids, chickens and horses we walk to the office (cup of tea in hand!), check in with the YZAR Team to see what zip tours, aerial challenge course groups and gold panners we have for the day. I love connecting with the folks from all over the world; asking them about their trip and seeing them marvel at the scenery of the ranch and surrounding areas. Being British I have a particular connection to our UK visitors and love to share our amazing area, Cali weather and travel tips. Some even bring me marmite and Cadburys!'

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