5 AWESOME WINTER ADVENTURES IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK!
Updated: Jan 16, 2020
First, let's get the basics out of the way; yes, Yosemite National Park is open and accessible throughout the winter! Now the high country roads like Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are usually closed from November through April, but don't let that deter you. In fact, founding member and fly fishing guide, Bryant Burnette, believes winter is one of the better times to visit Yosemite National Park because prices come down and visitor lines and traffic are almost nonexistent. Member Guide Lori Zocklien points out that elevations in the Yosemite region vary dramatically, so places like Moss Creek in El Portal, California are great places to enjoy warm weather and beautiful scenery throughout the winter months!
Family Fun In Yosemite Valley:
We love taking our own families into Yosemite Valley when they visit during the winter months. We recommend starting your day with one of our snowshoe adventures along the abandoned stagecoach road, around Mirror Lake or up eastern ridge for views of Vernal
Falls. You can also grab a map and some snowshoes to try these adventures on your own! Afterward, head over and enjoy a Hot Toddy next to one of the HUGE fireplaces in the famous Ahwahnee Hotel or check out Yosemite Village's Visitor Center and the Yosemite Museum! Echo's Wellness Ambassador Catherine Wortmann recommends finishing your incredible day by ice skating in the shadow of Half Dome at Curry Village! According to Catherine, you should start the session enjoying the s'mores at the fire pit and then hit up the ice as the novelty wears off for other visitors! Pro-tip: Make sure that you have tire chains in your car, even if the weather is gorgeous, because ice can form anytime on mountain roads and it's illegal to drive around in Yosemite without them.
Fly Fishing on the Tuolumne River:
Incredible year-round fishing for lake run rainbow trout, brown trout and kokanee is available on the western side of Yosemite National Park along the main Tuolumne River. Beginning at the base of the O'Shaughnessy Dam in Hetch Hetchy and continuing downstream to Clavey
Falls, catch and release fishing with barbless hooks and artificial lures is available and amazing! Member guide Bryant Burnette suggests trying your luck with these massive trout midday using small midges. If you're struggling to bring these hogs to the net, then give us a call for our full-day trips for solo anglers and small groups! Pro-tip: Make sure and steer clear of the South Fork and the Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River, as they are off-limits for off-season fishing. Also, make sure you get your valid California fishing license online.
Wapama Falls Trail in Hetch Hetchy:
Another incredible adventure is located inside the Hetch Hetchy Entrance on the western side of Yosemite National Park. Follow the beautiful Hetch Hetchy road several miles down