Jul 08, 2020

Active Fresno: Exploring Yosemite National Park in Winter

When to go:
You should be able to cross country ski and snowshoe in Yosemite until about mid April, depending on the spring snowmelt. If you can’t make it up the mountain before then, the trail is also open during the spring and summer months for hiking. The views are still spectacular. You can also drive all the way out to Glacier Point once all the snow has melted, but be prepared for large crowds.

What to do:
The Dewey Point Trail is an intermediate level. If you have experience on downhill skis, you might be interested in trying cross country skiing but it will definitely have a learning curve if you are not experienced (Badger Pass offers lessons). If you don’t like the idea of having two sticks strapped to your feet, you may want to try snowshoeing instead, which is essentially just walking with a bit of extra weight. Yosemite also offers guided snowshoe walks (more information below). If you want to try cross country skiing for the first time, I suggest staying on the groomed Glacier Point Road. It can be done as a day trip from Fresno or if you have the time, spend the night at one of many accommodations in Yosemite Valley. Click HERE to plan your winter experience in Yosemite.

Yosemite National Park is located North of Fresno and the drive will take approximately 2 hours depending on the road conditions. Park in the upper lot near Badger Pass Ski Resort. The Glacier Point Road is a 10 mile stretch of groomed road with tracks for cross country skiing. Driving Map to Yosemite

How much will I spend?
$20 per vehicle to enter Yosemite National Park
(if you plan on visiting Yosemite or any other National Park multiple times throughout the year, you can purchase an annual pass for $80)
$19 for ski or snowshoe rentals (skis, boots, poles)

*Alternate Options
Guided Snowshoeing
Guided snowshoe Tour: Dewey Point $50 (with rental)
Guided Nature Snowshoe Tour: Crane Flat (3 miles) $18.50 (with rental)

-Always have a partner for safety reasons.
-Check Road conditions and weather reports before traveling (chains and/or 4WD required)
-Get out there and have fun.

Additional Links and Information
Dewey Point Trail Map
Yosemite Winter Activities (Skiing, Snowshoeing, tubing and more)
Herb Bauer Sporting Goods

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