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Yosemite in the winter is magical. With fellow backpackers Jeff, Claire and Angelito, they trekked up icy trails and camped in sub freezing temperatures and it was all worth it. Song is a cover of “Secrets” by One Republic done by The Piano Guys. Shot mostly with Panasonic GH3 and GoPro 3 Black Edition.
Most of the trails in Yosemite Valley that don’t lead up the valley walls are open year round. Bridalveil Fall, Lower Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, and the Vernal-Fall-footbridge section of the Mist Trail are all hikable, except after unusually heavy snowfalls. You’ll be happiest if you’re wearing waterproof boots, because there’s often at least some snow on the ground.
The trailheads for two of Yosemite’s sequoia groves (Merced and Tuolumne) are reachable by car year round, but they’re at much higher altitude than Yosemite Valley, and you probably won’t want to tackle them without snowshoes.
Yosemite Winter Camping
Most of Yosemite’s campgrounds close for the winter, but four remain open year round for hardy travelers, all on a first-come, first-serve basis (even the ones that require reservations during the summer). In Yosemite Valley, Upper Pines Campground and Camp 4 are available. Camp 4, a famed hangout for climbers, is tents only (no RVs allowed). The other two are the Wawona Campground, near the Wawona Hotel in southern Yosemite, and Hodgdon Meadow Campground, near the Big Oak Flat entrance (Yosemite’s northwest entrance) on Highway 120. You can also camp in the wilderness in the winter; as in the summer, a wilderness permit is required – see the park service’s winter wilderness page for more details. Additionally, cross country skiers can stay at the Glacier Point Ski Hut (starting at $120) and theOstrander Ski Hut ($15 – $55), a cabin at Ostrander Lake. Reservations are required for both the Glacier Point and Ostrander Ski Huts, and you’ll have to win a lottery to get reservations for the Ostrander Hut.
Production video done by: from Jay Dabatos