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Visiting Yosemite in June

Visiting Yosemite in June

VISITING IN JUNE OVERVIEW

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

BENEFITS OF VISITING IN JUNE

June in Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. The waterfalls are flowing tremenously, and flowers are in peak bloom. The biggest benefit to visiting in June is that much of the snow has melted, so there are many trails that are open. Another perk to visiting this time of year, Tioga Road and Glacier Point are open for cars to drive on. With these roads open, you are given access to Tuolumne Meadows and all the trails that leave from Tioga Road or Glacier Point.

DRAWBACKS TO VISITING IN JUNE

The biggest drawback to visiting in June is the crowd. Park visitation from just April to June doubles, and crowds only grow as the summer progresses. This means long lines for shuttle buses, difficulty obtaining permits and peak season accommodation rates. 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 JUNE

There is a ton to do in Yosemite in June. Most 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 offer many different tours around the park, including tours of the Valley, of Glacier Point Road, and a comprehensive tour that does the Valley, Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING IN JUNE

The hiking in Yosemite is world-class, and it is perfect in June, 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. You can read about the best hiking trails in Yosemite, and NPS’ list of trails here.

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 JUNE

Weather in June is typically nice and warm and sunny. The average temperature in Yosemite Valley is a high of 82 and a low of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (27/ 11 degrees Celsius). At 8,000 feet, the average temperature in Tuolumne Meadows is a high of 65 and a low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit (18/ 1 degrees Celsius). On average, it rains only one day in June.

Join a Guided Hiking Adventure

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.