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Visiting Yosemite in October

Visiting Yosemite in October

VISITING IN OCTOBER OVERVIEW

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

BENEFITS OF VISITING IN OCTOBER

October 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. Another perk to visiting this time of year is most of the trails are open, giving you hundreds and hundreds of miles of trail to choose from. Tioga Road is still open in October, although services are closed in September, and there is no overnight parking after September 14th. Also, while Yosemite is not known for it’s impressive fall colors since most trees are evergreen, the maples, oaks and dogwoods put on a show in mid-October.

DRAWBACKS TO VISITING IN OCTOBER

The biggest drawback to visiting in October is the weather can be unpredictable. It could be warm and sunny, or cold, cloudy, windy and rainy. Another drawback is that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road sometimes close in the middle or end of October, depending on the weather.

THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER

There is a lot to do in Yosemite in October. Most 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 October.

HIKING AND BACKPACKING IN OCTOBER

The hiking in Yosemite is world-class, and it is ideal in October since most of the trails are still opened and the weather is still warm during the day. 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 has easy to strenuous trails, so you are guaranteed to find a trail that will spark your interest. You can read about the best hiking trails in Yosemite, and NPS’ list of trails here.

Backpacking is excellent in October (weather permitting), but does require a wilderness permit. With the weather being warm during the day and chilly at night, it is ideal for camping out among the granite and the stars; just bring a warm sleeping bag and down-jacket. Read the best trails for backpacking to decide with trip is best for you.

WEATHER IN OCTOBER

Weather in Yosemite in October is a little unpredictable; warm and sunny, or cold and overcast. The average temperature in Yosemite Valley is a high of 71 and a low of 42 degrees Fahrenheit (22/ 6 degrees Celsius). At 8,000 feet, the average temperature in Tuolumne Meadows is a high of 56 and a low of 25 degrees Fahrenheit (13/ -4 degrees Celsius). On average, there are three days of rain in October.

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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.