Yosemite in May?

Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:04 PM
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Yosemite in May?

We are considering a trip to Yosemite next year. Summer is preferred but to take advantage of Priority Plus seating on UAL the latest we could be there would be May 7 through May 14. Is that too early to see most of the park?
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 07:16 PM
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That is a wonderful time in Yosemite Valley. The waterfalls will be absolutely primo.

There is a definite chance Tioga Pass and the high country won't be open yet. Especially since this could be a wet/el nino year w/ lots of snow. But I wouldn't let that possibility stop me.

But the Valley, Wawona, etc will all be open
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Sep 2nd, 2009, 08:12 PM
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May will be fabulous - fewer tourists since school is still in session, and as janisj said the waterfalls will be booming!

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We were there in mid-May of '06 and '08 and the waterfalls were AMAZING. I can't imagine going any other time, at least for the first few trips. Glacier Point was not open yet when we were there in '06, but WAS open in May of '08. Absolutely amazing.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 07:05 AM
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We were there in May several years ago, just before Memorial Day and, I agree, May seems the perfect time for a visit--waterfalls are glorious, crowds are down. Just remember to take insect repellent!
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 07:27 AM
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You're lucky it turned out this way. May is much better than summer in Yosemite.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:24 AM
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We were there mid-May, smaller crowds, full waterfalls, lots of greens, best time to go!
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 09:38 AM
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We have been to Yosemite in April and May - both were great. And MUCH MUCH better than summertime. In fact, I would only go to Yosemite in the summertime if I was going to skip the valley entirely and only see the high country.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 10:54 AM
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And in addition to the waterfalls, the wildflowers are fantastic at that time of year.
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:11 PM
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Ok folks, you have convinced me. May it is. We haven't started looking into it yet so what do you suggest for in the park lodging? Is a week in the park enough time or too long?

We also plan on driving along the coast before going to YNP and I just checked UAL for air and an economy car for three weeks. Their IAD-SFO total cost for two with an economy car in their $50.00 off per person on airfare is $1486.13
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Sep 3rd, 2009, 04:13 PM
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Oh, thanks for your help.

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Sep 4th, 2009, 08:31 AM
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I actually think that a week in Yosemite may be too long. That time of year, the high country probably wont be open - they close the roads up to Toulumne Meadows at the first snow fall and then start plowing in the spring. The average opening date is May 29. So you will be able to visit Yosemite Valley and Wawona/Mariposa Grove area, but the higher elevation areas would probably be closed. I'd probably go for 4 nights.

For in park lodging, Yosemite Lodge is probably your best bet for central location and reasonable price. The Ahwanee is great, but really pricey. Curry Village has a few different types of lodging from tent cabins to motel-style rooms, but I personally don't care for Curry Village as much. The Housekeeping Camp is pretty rustic - we've stayed there several times, but it is just a small step above camping so you need to bring a bunch of gear to be comfortable.
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Sep 4th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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I agree with november moon - 4 nights at Yosemite Lodge would be just about perfect.
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Sep 4th, 2009, 06:46 PM
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I don't know what I was thinking when I mentioned priority plus. I meant Economy Plus with UAL. I also cut the trip back to two weeks but can add a day or two if needed.

DW would like to see Redwood NP, so I thought we would drive up there after our 11:00 a.m. arrival at SFO. Spend the next day in the park and then head south to Ventura along the coast. I'm thinking five days to get to Ventura and then go to Sequoia NM and Sequoia NP for two days. That leaves about three and a half days at YNP.

I haven't looked into Sequoia yet so I'm not sure how much time is needed there.
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Sep 7th, 2009, 05:55 AM
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We (my wife and I) will be visiting Yosemiye for the first time in mid-May. The comments add to the excitement! Thank you all. We have not booked lodging and prefer house rental by owner. We enjoy decks, hot tub, views. Any recommendations are appreciated. We realize we will probably need to stay outside the park and thay's okay with us.
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