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Mother's Day

I'm going to be in Bass Lake this Saturday for the Yosemite 1/2 marathon. I would like to visit Yosemite Valley on Sunday (Mothers Day). It will be my first time to Yosemite.

1. What time should we arrive Sunday morning in order to avoid all the traffic? Will there be heavy traffic leaving in the afternoon?

2. What is the best parking lot option to catch the shuttle?

3. Which waterfall trails are an easy walk? My husband had back surgery 3 weeks ago and he is able to walk but I wouldn't want to do anything too strenuous. Are these waterfall trails accessible by the shuttle?

4. I read that there are food options...where are those located? Are they accessible by the shuttle as well?

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1. Re: Mother's Day

Hi

You can't avoid the traffic. Not possible. Yes, there will be heavy traffic leaving on Sunday.

Park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot (if it's open ... resurfacing going on) or the large Yosemite Village parking lot. I'd recommend being in the parking lot by 9 am at the latest. Yosemite Falls parking lot is in a better location for departure. Both are on the shuttle route.

If you stop at Tunnel View (15 min) and Bridalveil Fall (15-20 min), that's about 2 hours to drive from the Hwy 41 intersection with Bass Lake turnoff to the parking lot in Yosemite Valley.

Lower Yosemite Falls is the easiest walk; it's wheelchair accessible.

Mirror lake/Meadow is a nice walk as well.

Shuttle map in the Top Questions on the right.

Recent thread about Lunch Options in Yosemite (there will be lines & crowds) tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g61000-i315-k11538…

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2. Re: Mother's Day

Thanks for the info. PacificNWFamily...Are tunnel view and Bridal Veil Falls before the entrance to the park? Honestly my family may be happy just visiting Bridal Veil falls and turning around if the parking and shuttle situation is going to be a 3 ring circus.

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3. Re: Mother's Day

Those maps in the Top Questions will help.

The South Entrance is just past Fish Camp.

Yosemite Valley is about an hour away. Just as you're getting close to the Valley, you go through the Wawona Tunnel. Tunnel View is immediately on the other side of the tunnel; parking for your travel direction is on the right.

Bridaveil Fall is about 2 more miles down the road.

From there, the one way roads begin that go into (east) Yosemite Valley and then exit one-way west.

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4. Re: Mother's Day

You might consider a drive to Hetch Hetchy and hike back to Wapama Falls. It’s a 5 mile round trip with beautiful views of Yosemite’s sister valley the City of San Francisco unscrupulously damned and flooded for drinking water over 100 years ago. Bring a picnic lunch and water as your not allowed to touch the pristine drinking water in the reservoir.

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5. Re: Mother's Day

For #3 - we did the Lower Yosemite Falls trail with two young kids (ages 2 & 5) and a stroller. It was a very easy walk. There was a shuttle stop near the trailhead. Glacier Point also was easy. You take a shuttle to the top (I think there may be parking at the top too but when we got there it was full). There are some well-paved trails to wander around or you can just enjoy the view from the top. It's not a "waterfall" trail per se, but you can see the whole valley with the waterfalls in the distance.

For #4, we ate at Degnan's Deli when we were in the valley, which was right by a shuttle stop. We also ate at the restaurant at the top of Glacier Point which was near the shuttle drop off point and right by the lookout spots.

If you look at the shuttle map, it will show you where the various places to eat are and what the closest shuttle stop is. We went by convenience.

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6. Re: Mother's Day

Last June, we arrived IN THE VALLEY at 7am. It was still quiet and peaceful. The parking lots were empty. By 9:30am when we went to move our RV from the roadside parking spot to our campsite, it was gridlock coming in to the park and parking lots were filling up. Traffic was pretty much gone by about 7:30 or 8pm each night and the parking lots were once again empty. We always headed out around 7 to do a quick evening walk and had no issues.

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