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Old 06-09-2019, 08:05 PM
 
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Hello,
We are currently in Buck Meadows....spendi g the night so we can beat the crowd into the park tomorrow. but i never bothered to figure out what time in the am tomorrow we should head towards the entrance. Any advice appreciated.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Go early is my best advice. That place is very crowded.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:15 PM
 
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Go early is my best advice. That place is very crowded.
"Early" to me is 5am. That's why i wanted to know what specific time i should head there. Im already at buck meadows...
Also, won't our site technically be ready to tent at noon?
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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If you have a tent site reserved, time of day wont matter. Well it might if the party occupying site does not need to check out until 11AM. Just relax and enjoy the morning. You are only an hour from the Valley. Despite the crowds, going slow will allow you to take in the grandeur of Yosemite Valley. Not something to be rushed. Enjoy the slow traffic! Not a big deal if you spend a half hour in the Valley on you way to the campground.
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Old 06-09-2019, 08:45 PM
 
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If you have a tent site reserved, time of day wont matter. Well it might if the party occupying site does not need to check out until 11AM. Just relax and enjoy the morning. You are only an hour from the Valley. Despite the crowds, going slow will allow you to take in the grandeur of Yosemite Valley. Not something to be rushed. Enjoy the slow traffic! Not a big deal if you spend a half hour in the Valley on you way to the campground.
Great. Thanks. Yes, 4 nights in the same camp site. Stoked. Not worried about our site, but didn't want to sit in traffic cause i had heard it could be 3+ hrs into the valley. What you say makes sense though. Planning to head towards the entrance at 630am.
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Great. Thanks. Yes, 4 nights in the same camp site. Stoked. Not worried about our site, but didn't want to sit in traffic cause i had heard it could be 3+ hrs into the valley. What you say makes sense though. Planning to head towards the entrance at 630am.
We live near Yosemite. Been there “a 1000 times”. Three plus hours??? Not so. Mrs5150 and I concur. Once you enter the park it is fast and easy. 30 minutes from Buck Meadows to the entrance. Then easy to the Valley. 39 minutes! Once entering the Valley, Its never taken us more than a half hour to reach and pass the area where the campgrounds are located. With that said, you might be OK hanging out in the Valley for four hours before you can set up your campsite.
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Old 06-11-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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Last time we went to Shasta to see my brother, it was summer and we went up the 395 and crossed through from Lee Vining to see the Meadows. We thought we go check out the valley knowing it would be crowded, but thinking it wouldn't be that bad because it was during the week. We headed to the visitor center and boy was that a mistake! We immediately saw the crowds, and decided to turn back. Too late... we were directed to the parking lot which was gridlocked. Just to circle through to get out of there took almost an hour!

We're sticking to spring and fall! Not quite as crazy!

But yeah, if you'd be allowed to park up somewhere near your tent site until it's free, I'd go at the crack of dawn. I'd probably avoid driving in the dark before that. Don't want to run into any animals.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:43 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Used to work there back in the 80s and 90s. At that time the entrance stations weren't manned until 7AM. Just drive on through if no one is there.
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Old 06-14-2019, 09:19 PM
 
Location: "Silicon Valley" (part of San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA)
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Speaking of Yosemite...in spring and summer, what is the best way to get there from San Jose if you don't use a car (don't own one and interested in going there without renting one)?

I've heard of flying into Mammoth Lakes (there's a direct flight from San Francisco) and I've heard of taking Greyhound to Merced and then taking the YARTS bus into Yosemite.

I'm interested in people's opinions and experience regarding those choices.
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