Yosemite in August? In the age of Coronavirus?

  • mwolverine

    Posts: 6888

    Jun 25, 2020 4:03 AM GMT
    I was looking at flights to Florida for my February tournament (figured may as well get them when they're cheap) and on a whim I pulled up flights from Michigan to California. Just about $100! Not a great time to go touring in a big city, but what about the national parks?

    Are they flooded with people because everyone had that idea, or are people staying away?
    Is this the time to go hiking? Or August not so much?

    Would the Grand Tetons or Mt Zion or ? be a better option weatherwise?
    (I don't mind hot weather as long as it's not humid, too.)

    Or not worth risking a flight and I should just pack up the car (with dog) and drive up to the Sleeping Bear Dunes or Tahquamenon Falls in the Upper Peninsula?
  • bro4bro

    Posts: 3832

    Jun 25, 2020 3:57 PM GMT
    Ordinarily I'd say wait until September to visit Yosemite - the crowds drop dramatically once you get past Labor Day, and the weather is fantastic. I have no idea what the crowds are like there now. You might try going to their website and trying to reserve a campsite - if anything at all is still available it means there are far fewer people planning to visit in August than normal.

    Yosemite will be hot in August, like 100 degrees. But it's relatively dry; not like the desert but not as humid as the upper Midwest either.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 25, 2020 8:37 PM GMT
    Bro4Bro is correct, I have been twice to Yosemite and during the summer months there are a lot of tourists not just from USA, but all over the world, and very hot. It can be pretty packed in the camp areas. If you are planning to camp, you need to make reservations if you plan to stay inside the Park for a campground spot. There are options were you bring your own tent and food. There is also the option of reserving a small cottage tarp it can accommodate 4 if I recall the last time we were there. Plenty of restrooms and showers. Also you will need to store all your food in bear locker containers which are close by in the parking lots or close by the campgrounds, never, ever leave any food, shave products, snacks, etc. in your car. I had a friend that unfortunately left some lip-balm and cosmetics in her car. The next day we saw evidence of what a bear had done and smashed her rear window to get in, not to mention the smell. The entrance fee to the park has gone up is it high as $35.00 and unfortunately now if you want to hike Half Dome you need to have a reservation as well. Years ago, you could just go - but unfortunately it has become so popular that now you need a reservation/permit. Also if you decided to hike it from the valley it takes pretty much the whole day...we started at 6:00 a.m., and then headed up the trail, bring plenty of water, snacks, etc. layers of clothing and very good hiking boots. I lost two nails coming down one time because I did not have proper hiking boots, use 2 layers socks...but first apply petroleum jelly to all your feet - then a very light sock followed by another sock.The only hotel inside the park is the Ahwanhee built at the turn of the century magnificent architecture to go in with solid stone, wood carvings etc., built during the Depression era. Anyway, not sure what COVID-19 has done in terms of occupancy if you decide to stay in the hotel, what I do recommend is their breakfast (not sure if they have the buffet anymore due to COVID-19) but it was amazing the last day that we were there before heading back home.

    https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/reservations.htm
  • Suetonius

    Posts: 2553

    Jun 27, 2020 6:00 AM GMT
    Because fo the virus, Yosemite is not currently crowded. But reservations are a must.