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Visiting Yosemite in August

Visiting Yosemite in August

VISITING IN AUGUST OVERVIEW

August in Yosemite is warm and dry, and is the peak of the beautiful, but busy summer season. There are many benefits to visiting in August, as well as some drawbacks. Below, we have categorized the most common "when to go" questions to help you determine if August is the best time for you to visit.

BENEFITS OF VISITING IN AUGUST

August in Yosemite one of the best times of year to be in the park. The weather is wonderful and warm during the day, and the sun sets late at night, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the park. Wildlife is out and about, enjoying the warm weather, and park is alive with flora and fauna. Another perk to visiting this time of year is all of the trails are open, giving you hundreds and hundreds of miles of trail to choose from. Also, backpacking in August is ideal since the snow has melted from high country, and you can experience the best of the backcountry on multi-night trips.

DRAWBACKS TO VISITING IN AUGUST

The biggest drawback to visiting in August is the crowd. This means long lines for shuttle buses, difficulty obtaining permits and expensive peak season accommodation rates. Even though it is really crowded and obtain permits is harder, it is not impossible— plan your trip well in advance, and be flexible. To avoid the stress of getting permits and to get off the beaten path, we recommend going with a guiding company.

If you have a low tolerance for crowds, but the only time you can visit the park is in the summer, there are ways to still enjoy your time in the park. Listed below are the best ways for escaping the crowds in the summer:

  1. Get an early start: the earlier you rise, the more of the park you have to yourself before the crowds arrive.
  2. Go on a hike: the further you go on a trail, the more the crowds thin out.
  3. Plan ahead: the earlier you make reservations, the more likely you are to get the permits that you want.
  4. Go on a picnic: try to avoid the crowded eateries at lunchtime, instead gather supplies from the general store and enjoy a picnic at one of the many overlooks in the park.

THINGS TO DO IN AUGUST

There are many activities to do in Yosemite in August. All of the trails have opened, so you are able to climb to higher elevations for expansive vistas of the Valley and high country. Day hiking is a great option if you want to experience Yosemite’s backcountry in a day. And, backpacking is an extraordinary option if you have multiple days to explore the park and want to sleep in the backcountry among the peaks, pines and stars. There is also biking in the Valley, with 12 miles of paved and flat bike trail. Bus tours of the Valley and Glacier Point Road offer many different road tours in the park. Rafting is another popular activity in the park in August. Whitewater raftingWhitewater rafting is available just outside the park, and still water is available from Curry Village.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING IN AUGUST

The hiking in Yosemite is world-class, and it is ideal in August, as all of the trails have opened and the weather is near-perfect. The park has over 800 miles of hiking trails, and many lead to alpine lakes, waterfalls, granite peaks or panoramic overlooks. Trails vary in distance and difficulty, so there is something for all ages and levels of experience. You can read about the best hiking trails in Yosemite, and NPS’ list of trails here.

Backpacking is also perfect in August, but does require a wilderness permit. With the weather being warm to hot during the day and chilly at night, it is ideal for camping out among the granite and the stars. Read the best trails for backpacking to decide with trip is best for you.

Remember, when hiking in Yosemite, bring plenty of water. It is recommended to bring at least 3-liters water for a day hike. Also, stick to the trail; going off-trail can lead to erosion, as well as injury. And, if hiking to a waterfall, never swim in a pool above the falls.

WEATHER IN AUGUST

Weather in Yosemite in August is usually warm, sunny and beautiful. The average temperature in Yosemite Valley is a high of 89 and a low of 56 degrees Fahrenheit (32/ 13 degrees Celsius). At 8,000 feet, the average temperature in Tuolumne Meadows is a high of 71 and a low of 36 degrees Fahrenheit (22/ 2 degrees Celsius). On average, there are no days of rain in August.

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Yosemite hiking tours

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most epic and amazing hiking vacations in the world. Wildland Trekking offers trips with the best of Yosemite: waterfalls, views, wildlife, solitude, adventure and fascinating natural and cultural interpretation.

Guided Yosemite treks are all-inclusive which covers permits; local transportation (excluded on certain tours); meals; equipment; safety systems and professional hiking/wilderness guides; all of which allows visitors to maximize their time in Yosemite and focus entirely on enjoying the Park.

YOSEMITE ADVENTURE TOURS

  • GUIDED BACKPACKING ADVENTURES: these are for people interested in an authentic Yosemite hiking adventure away from the roads and crowds.
  • PORTERED TRIPS: on these innovative trips, guests hike with light day packs and camp in stunning backcountry locations.
  • INN-BASED PACKAGES: these tours are all-inclusive packages with lodging, amazing daily hikes, expert guides, meals, transportation and more!
  • CAMPING-BASED HIKING PACKAGES: camping-based hiking packages provide all-around hiking experiences of Yosemite on wonderful outdoor vacations.
  • DAY HIKE TOURS: maximize your day in Yosemite on a fully guided, award-winning hiking tour on one of the Park's best trails.