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Quiet are in yosemite

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We will be leaving Visalia on Sunday May 1st. And will be spending two nights in Sonora

We did visit Yosemite a long time ago, so would like to avoid crowds and visit a quieter area of the park. We are not really able to walk far. Which entrance should we use and which are would be scenic and maybe see some falls. We could manage maybe two miles on a flat surface.

Thank you for any suggestions

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Hi

From Visalia, you'll probably use the South Entrance on Hwy 41.

Wawona might be a good option, but it does not have the grand views of Yosemite Valley. You could walk to Lower Chilnualna Falls. It's steep but short. You could walk some of the old Meadow Loop Road across the street from the Wawona Hotel.

It unlikely but vaguely possible that Glacier Point Road will be open. If it is, I suppose you could walk some of the snowy slushy trails.

In Yosemite Valley, consider self parking at the Ahwahnee. Walk east on the Valley Loop Trail. You will see Royal Arch Cascades. Walk back. Or you could park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot and walk a meadow trail (probably more people) or walk some of the service road across from the bike rental (take a picnic.) Other sections of the Valley Loop Trail might be good; the western half has fewer folks.

As you're driving into and out of the Valley, stop at Tunnel View (your parking is on the RIGHT not the left), at the wide area of Southside Drive with views of Yosemite Falls, maybe possibly at the Chapel, at the Curry Village general parking (look over Curry Village to see a seasonal waterfall ... I think that one is Staircase Falls) , maybe drive out to the Hiker's Lot and then walk to the Fen area and on to Happy Isles), drive west out of the Valley, maybe detouring to the Ahwahnee, continue west and maybe stop near El Capitan (walk? Look for climbers?) and definitely stop at Valley View.

Maps in the Top Questions will help.

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Thank you for some good idea,s

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Is there likely to be a long long line to get into the park is H/Way 41 on Sunday May 1st ?

Hope to arrive there at approx. 11:am

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I think that 10 am to noon may be the busiest time, but the rangers would know for sure. Just get in the queue and plan to wait awhile, inching your way up.

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Let me just say that the Wawona Creek area is lovely and so serene (no views of the valley - but lots of rushing water and granite - as if you are on top of El Cap).

But that's not what most people want on their first trip to Yosemite. Try El Cap Meadow - it will have cars parked there (on the loop road that heads out of the park, toward the 140 and toward Tioga), but it will be quiet. The El Cap meadow area is quiet, in general, with amazing views of many granite features and the option of walking to Bridalveil (I believe the parking lot there is closed - but the short hike from the meadow is worth it) or to the nose of El Cap. Very few people decide to walk away from the roads in Yosemite.

The trailhead to Yosemite Falls opposite Yosemite Lodge, near Camp Four, is okay for even the most timid, flat land hikers for the first half mile - and there won't be a lot of people, because it turns into quite a gnarly hike after a while. In fact, the Loop Trail from Camp Four (either east or west) isn't that traveled - but westward is the quieter part.

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LeBiscuit ~ what are you thinking about when you write "Wawona Creek area is lovely" Do you mean the South Fork of the Merced River in Wawona? Or maybe Tenaya Creek that 'creates' Mirror lake/Meadow? Or is there a Wawona Creek that is unknown to me?

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Avoid Curry Village or any food service areas if you want quiet. So that means bringing a picnic. Others have suggested El Capitan meadow and if you make the loop and park on the one way road exiting the valley in the morning - it is quieter as much stop in the morning on the way INTO the valley. We found some picnic areas quiet too based on parking capacity. You can try Cathedral or Sentinel Beach. If you are not grilling and don’t need a picnic table/grill, you can spread out and be alone.

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