Yosemite National Park | Hikes, by car, accomodation and costs

“The landscape will certainly be similar to the Dolomites”. Without great scenic expectations, Julia and I drove four hours from San Francisco Airport into Yosemite Valley – the tourist hub of Yosemite National Park. I was positively surprised, overwhelmed by the scenery. I dare say that the Yosemite trip was one of my highlights of our West Coast road trip. We couldn’t have done better with the season and gladly traded my for it.

Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comFrom yellow fields in front of Yosemite Fields to arid landscape in Yosemite National Park … Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.com

Yosemite National Park
HIKES, BY CAR, ACCOMODATION and COSTS

OVERVIEW OF YOSEMITE VALLEY

One of the most beautiful hikes – the MIST TRAIL

Jet lag also has its good sides. We arrived so overtired that at 9 pm we fell into the feathers dead tired. Shortly before half past five we were wide awake again. Just right for an early hike. Unfortunately we only had one full day of hiking and we wanted to choose the best hike. A schoolgirl recommended me for the first time the Mist Trail, which she had done with her parents. Well then, let’s march! It was 8:30.

  • Recommendation! Within the Yosemite Valley, there are free e-shuttles that take you to the starting points of the hike. The starting point is the Happy Isles Shuttle Stop.
Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comThe beginning on tarred paths…

The Mist Trail is an unbelievably beautiful hike, which started for the first time on tarred paths. Growing up in the mountains I already joked about the way the trail was equipped. But this changed quickly and turned into “stick and stone”. The barren mountains, autumnal colours and peace did me so well.

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Mist Trail Hike

Starting point: Happy Isles Shuttle Stop

11 kilometres circular hike
800 altitude meters from starting point

Depending on your endurance, only the following stops are possible:

  1. Stop: Vernan Fall Bridge (1,3 kilometres)
  2. Stop: Top of Vernan Fall (2,4 kilometres – 1:30h*)
  3. Stop: Nevada Falls (5,5 kilometres – 3:30h*)

*Our time with many photo stops

Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comthe huge rocky mountain landscape is already very impressive Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay at Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comTrail past Vernan Fall up to the first viewpoint
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Impressive play of colours at Vernan Fall

Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comthe first acquaintance with the cute squirrels
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Top of Vernan Fall

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Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comfirst view of the Nevada Fall Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.com
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Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comtop arrived with the impressive Half Dome in the background Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comthe steep ascent to the Top of Nevada Fall was definitely worth it!
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We reached the Top of Nevada Falls at 12pm. We forgot to buy some more and so we got the leftovers from our backpack on the Top of Nevada Falls. Our avo toast and German bread leftovers were too good.

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Yosemite Valley Wanderung Hike Tipps Übernachten Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comimpressive view onto the Half Dome and Nevada Fall Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comCooling down after hiking – it did so good! Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.com Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Accommodation Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.com

Yosemite National Park
SIGHTSEEING SPOTS BY CAR

I can really only recommend a hiking tour, but a round trip by car is also worthwhile. We were back at the Curry Village at about 15:00 and got into the car again for an hour in order to drive to some more view points. Unfortunately we were so tired that we did not stay until sunset.

Google Maps didn’t work so well here and relied on the navigation system of our car. From the Curry Village take the Southside Drive and then up on the Wawona Road. Everything is signposted from there.

The main viewpoints are as follows:

  • Tunnel View
  • Dewey Point
  • Taft Point
  • Glacier Point

In the end the views from Taft Point and Glacier Point were not very different.

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ACCOMODATION
at Yosemite National Park

We booked a tent at the Curry Village campground, which we had found and booked directly via the . The prices for a simple tent with heating and shared bathroom are steep, but it is worth it. You are directly at the foot of all hiking starting points and can leave the car. Furthermore you avoid possible waiting times at the entrance of the national park (allegedly sometimes up to 3 hours). What I can’t recommend you to do, however, is to enter the national park too late (and jettlagged). The roads are very curvy and it gets pitch dark. From the park entrance to Yosemite Valley it is another hour’s drive.

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Curry Village

Curry Village Canvas Tent: we paid 165€/night p.p. including taxes

Yosemite Cabins with Bath $231 + taxes
Yosemite Cabins without Bath $167 + taxes
Canvas Cabins without Bath $170 + taxes
(Prices from 6.10.2019)

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Yosemite Valley Hike Hike Tips Overnight Stay Curry Village Lodge | www.thegoldenbun.comthe famous view from Tunnel View to finish!
further COSTS at YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Entrance to the park valid for 7 days: 30$ (from October to April 25$)

A pizza at the Curry Village Restaurant costs $35
you better buy some food before entering the national park

For more information about Yosemite National Park, flora and fauna and possible wildlife, click into to Yosemite National Park!

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Have a nice day!
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