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Old 12-08-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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We're thinking of doing a drive to LA--> Yosemite Park --> SFO.

I picked this time cus it's off-season so not too many people vising the park now. Any ideas?

Thanks for any help.

Mike
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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There are limits to certain areas due to winter conditions.
Here is some info from the NFS website:

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Winter
(December through March)
A season of snow & solitude

Areas to visit: While Yosemite Valley and Wawona remain accessible by car all year, the Tioga Road is closed (usually by sometime in November). Once closed for the season, vehicles are not permitted between Crane Flat and Tioga Pass, including in the Tuolumne Meadows area. The road to Glacier Point is also closed (usually sometime in November). However from mid-December though early April, the Glacier Point/Badger Pass Road is plowed to the Badger Pass Ski Area, where both downhill and cross-country skiing are popular. Tire chains are often required on park roads. When they are, you must carry and know how to use them, regardless of the type of vehicle you are driving.

Climate: Winter in Yosemite is snowy and cold, though sunny and chilly days are not uncommon.
Yosemite Valley & Wawona (4,000 ft / 1,200 m): 53°F (12°C) / 28°F (-2°C)
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/winter.htm
So make sure you check the current conditions before any trip: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Yosemite is always lovely and always worth a visit. I have had many memorable December visits. It will be cold, there will be limited sunshine as you are in a deep canyon. Go there with someone you like to hold hands with. Bundle up, ride the top of the shuttle if those are running. Ice skate at Camp Curry, walk the valley trails, have a drink at the Ahwahnee. If you can afford it, eat dinner there, it is a grand dining room. If you cannot afford a drink, or to eat, at least sit in the great lounge and watch the world walk by.

It is not too much hyperbole to tell you, that, if there is snow on the walls, you will think you are inside a diamond. And if you are there with someone you think very highly off, and you are well bundled up, it will be an experience you will hold dear your entire life.

Oh, Camping is really cold, I don't recommend it. Although, my most memorable Yosemite December experience including camping, but, we were young, and we did not care about the cold.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Yosemite might be a little tricky, but SFO is great this time of year. It isn't too crowded and there are stilll lots of things to do but the weather is as nice as in the summer, maybe better.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Visiting Yosemite in December is not tricky, the valley sits at an elevation of 4,000 feet, not a heavy snow zone, the all weather highway 140 through Mariposa and El Portal seldom needs chains.

Heck we used to drive in there in old Toyota sedans to climb at Christmas break.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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Good time of year to go. Also, can ski cheap at the mom and pop Badger Pass Ski Area.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Mokelumne Hill, CA & El Pescadero, BCS MX.
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I would also not recommend you take Highway 120 for your visit in the snow period. 140 is OK but 120 goes up to the 5500' level and after the last snow storm there is going to be residual snow and ice along the Big Oak Flat Rd.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I would also not recommend you take Highway 120 for your visit in the snow period. 140 is OK but 120 goes up to the 5500' level and after the last snow storm there is going to be residual snow and ice along the Big Oak Flat Rd.
Coming up from LA they'd take 41 or 140.
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:26 PM
 
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Thank you all for the information. I'm on a 3 week vacation now so I thought maybe we should enjoy the trip even more and take Highway 1 all the way to San Francisco. Any recommendations on stops/hotels on the way to there?
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Old 12-12-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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do you know how big this state is? Highway one is a long way from Yosemite.
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