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Visiting Yosemite in November

Visiting Yosemite in November

VISITING IN NOVEMBER OVERVIEW

November in Yosemite is beautiful, with it’s brisk, classically fall days, and chilly evenings. There are many benefits to visiting in November, as well as some drawbacks. Below, we have categorized the most common "when to go" questions to help you determine if November is the best time for you to visit Yosemite National Park.

BENEFITS OF VISITING IN NOVEMBER

November in Yosemite one of the best times of year to be in the park. The number of visitors has severely decreased, so the crowds are much more manageable. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the park with no one else around. Another benefit is that many of the trails in Hetch Hetchy and Wawona are still open, and many trails in lower elevations are open in the Valley.

DRAWBACKS TO VISITING IN NOVEMBER

The biggest drawback to visiting in November is the unpredictable weather. It could be nice and warm, with most of the trails still open, or it could be covered with snow and the trails have been closed early for the season. Another drawback is that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road are closed, and will not open until May or June.

THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

There is a lot to do in Yosemite in November. Some of the trails are still open, so you are able to climb to higher elevations for a incredible and panoramic 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 granite, 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 through November.

HIKING IN NOVEMBER

The hiking in Yosemite is world-class, and many trails are still open in Hetch Hetchy and Wawona. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias’ shuttle bus runs through the middle of November most years, and there are wonderful choices for hiking in the grove. Trails at higher elevations in Tuolumne Meadows or along the rim of the Valley are sometimes closed for snow. Since the weather is a little unpredictable; it could be nice and warm during the day, or could be covered in snow, it is hard to know exactly what trails will be open. The Park Service has a list of trail closures on their Current Conditions website.

You can read about the best hiking trails in Yosemite, and NPS’ list of trails here

WEATHER IN NOVEMBER

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Weather in Yosemite in November starts to get a little chilly, with some chances of snow most years. Some years, it is very unpredictable, so always check the weather when packing for you trip. The average temperature in November in Yosemite Valley is a high of 56 and a low of 33 degrees Fahrenheit (13/ 1 degrees Celsius). At 8,000 feet, the average temperature in Tuolumne Meadows is a high of 56 and a low of 17 degrees Fahrenheit (8/ -8 degrees Celsius). On average, there are five days of rain or snow in November.

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