Why You Need To Plan a Trip To Yosemite in Winter

If you haven’t been to Yosemite yet, add it to your wish list.  Yosemite is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the USA!  And if you haven’t been there in the winter, think about adding it to your seasonal list.  Yosemite in winter, in the snow, is stunning.  Not only is it beautiful, but there are no crowds!!!  Here are a few pics to inspire you from a trip we took with big D when he was just 9 months old.

Yosemite Falls In Winter

For this trip to Yosemite, we approached the valley via Glacier Point.  This vantage point of the Yosemite valley is stunning.  If you are there in the summer, you can hike to Glacier point from the Valley (4.6miles one way, starting near Yosemite Falls).  Or you can drive like we did.  AH-MA-ZING!

Yosemite In Winter: Half Dome

Driving around the valley, you can find beautiful views everywhere. Sunset is a particular beautiful time to drive.  Valley View is not surprisingly, a beautiful place to take pics of the valley (see below).

Yosemite In Winter

Yosemite In Winter

Yosemite In Winter

Views of Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge at sunset.

Yosemite In Winter

Yosemite In Winter: Half Dome

Mirror Lake is a great short hike with kids (2-3miles) where you can get good views of the mountains reflected in the lake.

Yosemite In Winter

Yosemite In Winter

We lucked out and it happened to snow while we were at Yosemite Falls.  Plus, since it was the “low” season, we had the entire trail and view to ourselves.

Yosemite In Winter: Yosemite Falls

Later that day, we checked out the view of the Upper Yosemite Falls from Sentinel Meadow.

Yosemite In Winter: Yosemite Falls from Valley View

Revisiting this trip has made me want to go back again for more.  Maybe this spring when the waterfalls are gushing and the wild flowers are blooming.  What is your favorite trail or time of year in Yosemite?

Other Resources:
Yosemite NPS Website: Viewpoints

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