Yosemite National Park Journals

April in Yosemite

An April 2004 trip to Yosemite National Park by dina4

Quote: Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit Yosemite. The weather is perfect for hiking; the crowds haven't yet arrived; and best of all, the waterfalls are breathtaking! We traveled with our parents (healthy seniors) and our kids (11 and 14).

April in Yosemite

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Overview

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The waterfalls in April are simply glorious. Nothing can really prepare you for their awesome beauty. Hiking the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall, lying flat on our backs in the meadow gazing up at El Capitan, ogling at the breathtaking view at Tunnel View on Wawona Road, taking the short walk to beautiful Bridalveil Fall, and golfing at the Wawona Hotel were only some of the highlights of our weekend. We stayed just outside the park at the Tenaya Lodge. However, I would suggest making every effort to stay INSIDE Yosemite Valley. Quick Tips: 1. Buy some cheap rain ponchos (99 cents at Target) so you can get close as close as possible to the roaring waterfalls (and in case of rain, of course...Read More

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Hotel | "Tenaya Lodge"

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This is a four-star resort. It looks like one in every sense, until you get to your room. The facility is beautiful, but the rooms are very basic. For the price, one would expect a bit more luxury, especially since it's a 30-minute drive (without traffic) from the valley. We had a basic room with two queen-size beds, and it felt very much like other national park accommodations we have stayed in for much less. Another reason NOT to stay here is that, other than visiting the Mariposa Grove, every day you're driving into the valley and back again to see the beauty of Yosemite. We had breakfast and dinner in the hotel's dining room. The service was really slow, and the food was med...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, California
(888) 514-2167

Mariposa Grove

Attraction | "Mariposa Grove (giant sequoias)"

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If you have more than a couple of days in Yosemite, taking a walk in the Mariposa Grove is a beautiful experience. At the end of April, there were still patches of snow on the ground, but the path was clear. The trees are shocking, beautiful, and HUGE! Some are 8 feet in diameter. We took this walk with our parents and kids, and it was enjoyed by all. The walk is fairly flat and easy. We spent about an hour here. Two things to consider: 1. In April, you can enjoy quiet as well as beauty in the grove, as the Tree Tram, with its loudspeaker narration, isn't in operation. (How annoying would that be?!) 2. If you've already seen the giant sequoias in northern California or ev...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Mariposa Grove
Mariposa Grove
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
209/372-0200

Self-guided trails

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Attraction | "Vernal Falls (The Mist Trail)"

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If your time is limited in the valley and you can't do many hikes, definitely consider this one. It's spectacular! It can be enjoyed by all ages, and you don't have to go all the way to the top of the falls to enjoy its grandeur. My 62- and 72-year-old parents were able to do it, although slowly. Our 11- and 14-year-olds LOVED going through the tunnel as you approach the roaring falls. Although it's uphill the whole way, it is beautiful and there are many nice resting spots along the way. About halfway up, there was an obstacle saying that the rest of the hike was not accessible. We saw people coming back, so we risked it and went ahead -- thank god, because the best part of the hike is at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Self-guided trails
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
+1 209 372 0200

El Capitan

Attraction | "Relaxing Under El Capitan"

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Tired after a long day of hiking? When your muscles are aching, but you're not ready to head indoors, stop along Northside Drive under El Capitan, park your car, and grab a blanket. You can lie down and gaze upwards at one of the largest pieces of exposed granite in the world. It's truly a sight to behold! (In the summer, there are plenty of brave rock climbers to peer at through binoculars.)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

El Capitan
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park, California

Wawona Golf Course

Attraction

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Not that many people can say that they've GOLFED in Yosemite National Park. Well, my son (shoots in the 90s), husband (shoots in the 80s), and dad (definitely a beginner) can say they did. The course is beautiful, as one can imagine, but basically a beginner's nine-hole course. In April (according to my golf-addict husband), the conditions were poor. But I walked along with them just to enjoy the scenery and was so glad that I did. It was so green, with lots of trees and meadows -- so beautiful! They had a great time doing what they love to do, and I took lots of photos. If you're solely looking for a great golfing experience, don't bother. However, if you love to golf and just want to ge...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Wawona Golf Course
Wawona Lodge
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
+1 209 375 6573

Tunnel View

Attraction

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You've read about it in the guidebooks and probably even seen pictures of it. Still, nothing can prepare you for the spectacular view from the Tunnel Viewpoint on Wawona Drive. The entire valley lies below you, as does El Capitan and Half Dome. It's as if you you're standing in an Ansel Adams photograph (but in color, of course!) If you're driving out of the valley, the viewpoint is just before the Wawona Tunnel.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Tunnel View
Wawona Road
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
+1 209 372 1000

Bridalveil Falls Day Hike

Attraction | "Bridalveil Fall"

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This is a great place to stop for an opportunity to get really close to a beautiful waterfall. Winds blow the mist up to 20 feet away from the fall's base, creating a bridal veil-like cascade. If you're lucky, a rainbow will make this sight even more enchanting. Bring a waterproof camera for amazing photos!

(If you don't have a car, you'll have to walk or ride a bike to get here. The shuttle doesn't come this far into the valley.)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2005

Bridalveil Falls Day Hike
Bridalveil Falls parking area
Yosemite National Park, California 95389
+1 209 372 0200