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Yosemite in April?

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Yosemite in April?

We live in Washington State and were thinking of driving down to Yosemite for Spring Break next year. (1st week of April) Will it be too cold to camp at that time of year? How many days would we need to explore the park?

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1. Re: Yosemite in April?

April can be hard to predict except that it should be chilly at night, especially at the beginning of April.

April of last year, I spent a few days in Yosemite. It was in the 70s when I arrived. It was snowing (a lot) when I left.

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2. Re: Yosemite in April?

Hi WAReviewer ~ I've experiences just like jaimexplorer ... sunny then snowing. How cold are you willing to go for camping?

In April, the high country roads aren't yet open. So the general tourism is more limited. You'll be in the Valley, enjoying the waterfalls as they build volume. You can walk down into a small grove of Giant Sequoias, but it's likely the Mariposa Grove road will be closed. So it's 3 miles round trip walk to a small grove or 7.5 mile round trip walk to a larger grove with bigger trees.

Read some of the Trip Reports linked to the Top Questions (upper right) to see what appeals to you. Two days in the Valley and 1/2 day at Mariposa Grove could be enough. Or you might enjoy a more relaxed pace, renting bikes one day, wandering flatter trails another, and so on.

Including Monterey or San Francisco in your trip would allow you some warm days and something else to do.

August and September are great months to visit Yosemite, tho' the waterfalls are pretty low. All the Park roads are open and everything is accessible. Unfortunately that's also the best time to camp here in Washington as well!

If you do decide to camp in Yosemite, read the NPS website for details about getting campsite reservations. Camping in Yosemite is incredibly popular.

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3. Re: Yosemite in April?

I've been a couple times in April and had decent weather - it got damned cold one night, but overall it was ok. We stayed in Housekeeping Camp. I like that time of year because the falls are really flowing and you don't have the summer crowds. But I don't think I would camp that time of year again - the weather is too risky and I don't like camping in the rain or snow. I think we just lucked out the times we went.

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