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A Spring Day In Yosemite - April & Map

From the Visit Yosemite | Madera County visitors center in Oakhurst: Go northbound 14 miles on Hwy 41 to the Yosemite Park south entrance. Stay on Hwy 41 (Wawona Road) all the way to Yosemite Valley. (Park entry fee is $35 per car, good for 7 days; if you are 62 or older and a US citizen or permanent resident, you can obtain a Senior Pass for $80, good for life for all National Parks).

Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoias

This area may open late spring if there is a heavy snowfall in the winter. Stroll or hike among our Gentle Giants, the largest living things on earth. The giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove approach 2,000 years old and provided the impetus for the creation of Yosemite National Park. The Native Americans stepped here first, followed by adventurers such as Galen Clark, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt . . . and now you. Mariposa Grove has just reopened following a three-year renovation to save the lives of the trees. Park in the welcome area and take the free shuttle up to the arrivals area. From there you will walk to your chosen destination in the Grove Some walking/hiking is required to see most of the trees in the grove. Go prepared with hat, good hiking shoes and plenty of water. Take refillable water bottles since no disposable water bottles are sold in the Welcome Area gift shop. There are drinking fountains to fill your bottles at the Welcome Center and at the Arrival Stroll to the Fallen Monarch, an easy trail, about .3 mile loop - EASY

Hike to the Grizzly Giant, the largest tree accessible to the public, 2 miles round trip - MODERATE Journey to the Upper Grove cabin and Wawona Point, 6 to 7 miles round trip – STRENUOUS (check to make sure this trail is open – may be closed due to snow) For those with a handicap placard, you can drive to the parking area near the Grizzly Giant to enjoy a short, accessible walk to the Griz. Seven handicap spaces are available in that lot, along with restrooms.

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Big Trees Golf Course
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Established in 1918, Yosemite's Big Trees Golf Course has been challenging golfers ever since. Designed to blend into the gorgeous surroundings, this nine-hole, par-35 course measures 3,050 yards and includes two par-five holes and three par-three holes. Different tee positions per side provide a par-70, 18-hole format.

The golf course is one of the few organic golf courses in the United States. No pesticides are applied to the course and only reclaimed gray water is used for watering the greens.

A superb course for golfers of all levels, you’ll enjoy the varied terrain, challenging holes and unspoiled natural surroundings of Yosemite’s distinguished course.

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Pioneer History Center
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Walk The Meadow Loop
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Easy, 3.5 mile loop, flat

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Hike Chilnualna Falls
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Dinner at Big Trees Lodge
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Listen to Topp Bopp (musician/Yosemite historian) Tuesday through Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Hike McGurk Meadow
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spectacular wildflowers in late summer - easy 2 miles. If you hike to creek crossing, you may find head-high wildflowers in bloom.

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Hike to Dewey Point
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moderate, 8 miles round trip, stunning views.

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moderate, 2.2 miles round trip, best 360-degrees views of valley and high country.

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View Nevada and Vernal Falls from Washburn Point and Glacier Point
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Birds’-eye view of Yosemite Valley from 3,200 ft above valley floor

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From Glacier Point, turn right on Wawona Road; continue down to Yosemite Valley. You will go through a mile-long tunnel.

Tunnel View
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Immediately after exiting tunnel, park on right or left. Watch for traffic! Spectacular view of Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, El Capitan. Quintessential photo opportunity!

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Bridalveil Fall
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Walk ¼ miles to base of fall. (Be prepared to get wet!)

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VISIT YOSEMITE | MADERA COUNTY

Main Visitors Center
40343 Highway 41,
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-4636
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Chowchilla Visitors Center
at the Fossil Discovery
Center of Madera County
19450 Avenue 21-1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
(Exit 164, off Highway 99)
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