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Good park with a 1 year old?

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Good park with a 1 year old?

We are planning a trip with our, will be then, 13 month old for May of 18. Is there alot to see and do with short, relatively easy hikes. I like to hike but having a child (who at 5.5 months is 17.5 lbs) on my back will make things more challenging.

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1. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?


The bigger challenge will be to find lodging. It's already late to begin the search. Start with the lodging topic in the top Questions on the right.

Things you might enjoy doing with the toddler in a stroller, in a backpack, or on the 'trail'

- Bridalveil Fall trail ~ about 1/4 mile

- Lower Yosemite Falls trail ~ wheelchair accessible so easy for a stroller

- paved bike trail ~ open to strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers

- Mirror Lake/Meadow trail ~ old road, can stop anywhere along Tenaya Creek and throw sticks in the water (hold your toddler's hand when near water)

- any meadow trail

- Mist Trail ~ backpack for this one

- any of portion of the Valley Loop Trail ~ the section between the Majestic Ahwahnee and Mirror Lake/Meadow will pass the Royal Arches which should have lots of fun little seasonal waterfalls cascading down

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2. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?

Is a great park with a young child. We stayed at the Valley Lodge and enjoyed the pool after hiking, if it's warm enough by then. Lodging may be booked but keep trying for cancellations. I was able to book a June trip last year by checking the website every day for cancellations.

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3. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?

In some respects, no national park is "great" for kids that young because they don't yet have an appreciation for the natural beauty of soaring cliffs, thundering waterfalls, majestic forests, scenic overlooks, etc. But as you said you can find activities for their short attention span like short, easy hikes. Toddlers also can be entertained with the simplest of things like a pine cone or looking for rocks with different colors in them. Check out the ranger programs for anything age-appropriate. Just don't let your little one play near water out of arm's reach -- one of the most common scenarios that unfortunately ends in tragedy in Yosemite and other parks every year is a toddler falling into a tranquil-looking stream or creek and being swept away.

Edited: 10 October 2017, 01:57
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4. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?

If this is a trip you are wanting to take, just go for it. Think about one of those kid leashes? Seriously, it sounds awful but unless you have your child attached to you or a stroller, anything can happen. Most likely weather will be nice but probably not swimming pool weather yet. Taking a child that age is difficult no matter where.

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5. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?

The kids in our family and circle of friends have been going to Yosemite every year since they were infants and camping. So just about the parents and their experience and expectations. Lots to do that can keep the kids safe without a leash.

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6. Re: Good park with a 1 year old?

You will be going during a very busy time.

Shuttles will be full as well.

There is places to enjoy but with a 13 month year old, just realize your delightful child will be walking by then.

Keep them safe.

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