RV Road Trip to Yosemite
Yosemite National Park is one of the first parks to be founded in the US. You have over 1200 square miles to explore in the Yosemite along its famous waterfalls, vast meadows, deep valleys and simply great wilderness.
What is Yosemite National Park Famous For?
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
- Giant sequoia trees
- El Capitan
- Half Dome
Popular Places To See On Your RV Road Trip
Lower Yosemite Fall
Located near Yosemite Valley Lodge, the trail to Lower Yosemite Fall received some major upgrades in 2005. The east section of the wide paved trail leads through the forest to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall. There’s also a short boardwalk section of the trail, which has low bumpers for unobstructed wheelchair viewing There are benches and interpretive plaques along the way, and it’s a pleasant spot to just sit back and enjoy Mother Nature. Plus you just can’t beat the feel of the mist on your face as you admire the roaring fall.
Indian Village of the Ahwahnee
This reconstructed village, which is right behind the Yosemite Museum, is often overlooked by visitors. There are paved level pathways through the village, which is dotted with interpretive plaques that tell the story of the Miwok people. At the center of the village there are dirt pathways over to the various dwellings; however the paths are fairly level and even though there are rocks here and there, they are easy to dodge. As an added bonus, the village is always open, even when the museum is closed.
Happy Isles Nature Road
Although visitors with accessible placards or plates are allowed to drive along Happy Isles Road, this route also makes a nice hike due to the absence of private vehicles. The road is fairly level, and if you get tired you can always hop on the wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus at the Happy Isles or Mirror Lake stops. From Half Dome Village it’s a mile to Happy Isles, and then another.7-mile to Mirror Lake. And if you want to complete the loop it’s an additional.8 mile back to Half Dome Village. The road is also open to bicycles, so rent a handcycle at Half Dome Village or Yosemite Valley Lodge, pack along a picnic lunch, and make a day out of it.
Although the one-mile road to Mirror Lake is wide and paved, it loses its access at about the.65-mile point due to the steep grade. That said, visitors with accessible placards or plates are allowed to drive up the road. Accessible vault toilets are available at the end of the road, and some of the picnic tables that are on level ground may be usable for wheelers. It should be noted that Mirror Lake is seasonal, and it usually dries up by late summer; however the site always boasts some spectacular granite views.
Last but certainly not least, save some time for a drive up to Glacier Point, which offers a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, and a bird’s eye view of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Although the path out to the upper viewpoint is steep and has stairs along the way, there’s an accessible path just to the left of the stairs. This wide paved pathway features a number of switchbacks and offers a gentle — and accessible — climb to the upper viewpoint. Signage is also good at Glacier Point, so it’s relatively easy to locate the accessible route.
Majestic granite-faced peaks, the highest waterfall on the continent, towering Sequoia forests, and everything in between, Yosemite National Park should be on everyone´s bucket list of places they need to visit. Located only a couple hours from San Francisco, this unique and one of a kind national park is also extremely accessible for people looking for a weekend getaway to reconnect with Nature and recharge their batteries.
While you can enjoy Yosemite by driving through the hundreds of miles of roads that traverse the park, lacing up the hiking shoes and hitting the trails is by far the best option for getting a true taste of everything that Yosemite has to offer. In this short article, we´ll offer five quick tips to help get you prepared for hiking in Yosemite National Park.
How To make The Best RV Road Trip To Yosemite National Park
1. Choose the Best Time of Year
If you choose to visit Yosemite during the peak summer months, chances are that you´ll meet a pretty hefty crowd as well.
2. Get Outside of Yosemite Valley
Yosemite is a huge area, but the vast majority of visitors stay within Yosemite Valley which makes up less than 1% of the total land area of the national park.
3. Choose Wisely Between Day Hikes and Backcountry Trips
If you are wanting to head into the wilderness for an overnight or several day backpacking trip, there are virtually an infinite number of routes that you can weave together through the thousands of miles of hiking trails that crisscross the park
4. Bring a Camera
When you plan a trip to Yosemite, you´ll also want to bring a quality camera. There are unlimited opportunities for snapping the perfect picture.
5. Pack the Right Bag
Before planning your trip to Yosemite, make sure to do your research on which bag is best suited for the type of hiking you´ll be doing.
park. Although all major roads are kept well-plowed throughout the snow season, the National Park Service requires that drivers of private vehicles carry tire chains. Few useful phone numbers are listed below
For General park information, current weather and road conditions call: 209-372-0200 (Recorded information). In summers information about trails can be found at : 209-372-0308, Lodging reservations: 559-252-4848, Campground reservations: 518-885-3639
RV Road Trip Driving to Yosemite
Getting to Yosemite Valley: By Road Take the Oakland-Bay Bridge to Highway 80 East, Take Highway 580 East and follow signs for Tracy/Stockton to Highway 20, Highway 205 to Highway 120 and into Yosemite National Park. It takes about one hour from park entrance to Yosemite Valley and Village.