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IMHO, driving yourself is the way to do it if you want any freedom at all once you get there. I've been to Yosemite several times - the most recent just over a week ago. The drive from the San Francisco Bay Area depends a little on where you start out, and what time of day/week you go, but if you plan for about 4 hours you'll be close to the mark. Once ...


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At about mid summer in 2003 - the hottest summer ever recorded until then - we saw substantial quantities of snow on north facing slopes in Yosemite at around 3200 metres altitude. This was at the location shown by the + in the middle of this map looking South East across Ellery Lake. As that was substantially lower than your 3900 metres, on a probably ...


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I would definitely come prepared for snow at that elevation in late May. As a possibly useful guide, you could look at the historical closing dates for Tioga Road. Tioga Road, the only east-west thoroughfare through the park, is closed by snow during the winter, and typically does not reopen until May or June. (Note that the reopening date is not the day ...


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The exact answer will vary from year to year depending on the weather, both in terms of the volume of snowfall and how warm the weather is. For the most part, the majority of snow in and around the Yosemite valley will have melted by the time you're talking about. The National Parks Yosemite website specifically states that : The more moderate ...


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I have hiked to the top of Half Dome twice, once in September 1996, and in June 2009. I didn't do any particular preparation either time; however, I was prepared for a long day hiking, and had reasonable fitness. If you've hiked in the Alps for 5 hours or more in one day you should be ready to tackle Half Dome. You should prepare for the weather with ...


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Indeed, the prospect of someone else falling and leading to a 'domino effect' is frightening. When I was there, I saw someone drop a water bottle. It bounced a few times and then plunged thousands of feet down the granite face. The National Park Service has recognized that the Half Dome ascent has become too crowded, and recently began requiring permits ...



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