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Visiting Yosemite in July

Visiting Yosemite in July

VISITING IN JULY OVERVIEW

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

BENEFITS OF VISITING IN JULY

July in Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. Wildlife is out frollicking, 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 Yosemite is ideal in July since the snow has melted from high country.

DRAWBACKS TO VISITING IN JULY

The biggest drawback to visiting in July is the crowd. This means 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 enjoy 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 JULY

There is plenty to do in July in Yosemite. All of the trails have opened, so you are able to climb to higher elevations for a fantastic vantage point 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 in 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 JULY

The hiking in Yosemite is world-class, and it is perfect in July, as most of the trails have opened and the weather is near-perfect. The park has over 800 miles of hiking trails, and many lead to waterfalls, alpine lakes or granite peaks. Trails vary in distance and difficulty, so there is something for all ages and levels of experience. Each area of the park is unique and has hikes ranging from easy to strenuous, so there is surely something to spark your interest. You can read about the best hiking trails in Yosemite, and NPS’ list of trails here.

Backpacking is spectacular in July, but does require a wilderness permit. With the weather being 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 at least 3 liters of water. 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 JULY

Weather in Yosemite in July is typically nice and warm and sunny. The average temperature in Yosemite Valley is a high of 89 and a low of 57 degrees Fahrenheit (32/ 14 degrees Celsius). At 8,000 feet, the average temperature in Tuolumne Meadows is a high of 72 and a low of 38 degrees Fahrenheit (22/ 3 degrees Celsius). On average, it rains only one day in July.

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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.