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Headed Up To Yosemite This Weekend? Here’s What To Expect.

| May 19, 2005

With the waterfalls in Yosemite providing a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, people will be flocking to the Park to get a shot of the spectacular show the waterfalls are putting on. Here’s what you can expect if you’re headed up to the Park this weekend.

Spring (April & May) The perfect season for waterfalls!

Areas to visit: While Yosemite Valley and Wawona remain accessible by car all year, the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads remain closed due to snow, often until late May (see a list of opening dates since 1980). Tire chains sometimes are required even during spring. When they are, you should carry and know how to use them, regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving.

Climate: Highly variable, with sunny and relatively warm days, but still an occassional winter storm.
Yosemite Valley & Wawona (4,000 ft / 1,200 m): 69°F (21°C) / 39°F (4°C)
Tuolumne Meadows (8,600 ft / 2,600 m): n/a

Rivers & Waterfalls: As warmer weather begins to melt the snow, even the smallest creeks are rushing with water. You may see many small, unnamed waterfalls and cascades all along the Valley rim. Larger creeks and rivers, along with the better known waterfalls, tend to reach peak runoff in May or June.

Wildflowers: It’s too early for wildflowers in the park, though you might see California poppies and other species at lower elevations on your way to Yosemite. Redbud and dogwood also tend to bloom in May.

Courtesy of the National Park Service


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About Loyd: For over 30 years I've enjoyed hiking, backpacking, fishing, photographing and exploring Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. More About the Author. View author profile.

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  1. Ambitious Wench says:

    Loyd,

    Some of the old-timers here are saying temps should reach the 90’s (F)over the weekend. I have know idea where they get their information, but it may be a good idea to warn the readers to bring tank tops and sunscreens just in case. Wide-brim hats are a good idea as well. Yes, they do sell them here in the valley, but would you pay $35 for a straw hat?

    Right now it’s gorgeous–the wild azaleas are starting to bloom by the pool at the Ahwahnee.

    Mor pics tomorrow!