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Yosemite Guide

December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021

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The January 2021 Yosemite Guide with information about trip planning, activities, scheduled events, and hours of operations for different facilities and services at Yosemite National Park (NP) in California. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Yosemite Guide Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 @YosemiteNPS UPDATE Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, visitor services and access may be affected. Check local resources, area signage, and our park website for updates, www.nps.gov/yose. Please follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. • Maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others. • Wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible. • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. • Stay home if you feel sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Rangers club, for architectural study. Copy Neg: L. Radanovich, 5/99 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System Yosemite Valley Map Year-round Route: Valley Visitor Center Valley Shuttle Upper Yosemite Fall Campground Hetch Hetchy Parking Picnic Area Lower Yosemite Fall Tr ll ai i te Walk-In Campground The Ahwahnee se U p p er Yo Yosemite Valley Lodge Yosemite Falls Parking Swinging Bridge Housekeeping Camp Yosemite Village Parking il Sentinel Beach Lower Pines North Pines ra T te r i le wi n n Curry Village 8836 ft 2693 m Curry Village Parking Upper Pines Trailhead Parking i d cl o Fo Half Dome Campground Reservations se ur M 1 mile El Capitan Picnic Area Chapel Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center (YCHC) Wawona 1 km Mirror Lake seasonal Camp 4 0 Medical Church Bowl Clinic Picnic Area m Yosemite Valley Area in inset: Fa Yosemite Valley Map N The Ansel Adams Gallery l Tuolumne Meadows Restroom Yosemite Village Glacier Point Happy Isles Art and Nature Center closed in winter Vernal Fall 72I4 ft 2I99 m Cathedral Beach & oo Mist Trail r ai l pT Bridalveil Fall ho rse s on l y Merc ed R iver Nevada Fall The Yosemite Valley Shuttle System will not be operating during the 2020 season. il ve al id Br na wo Wa ad Ro l Va L le y Cree k Winter Weather Driving and Chain Control Information: Illilouette Fall Winter road conditions through Yosemite can vary widely and may require tire chains. Chain requirements are strictly enforced. For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209/3720200. Signs will indicate when chains are required. Here is a summary of chain control signs on Yosemite roads: R1 - All vehicles without mud and snow tires are required to install chains/cables. Vehicles with mud and snow tires do not, but must still carry chains. See chain control regulations on www.nps. gov/yose for vehicles towing trailers. R2 - Chains/cables must be installed on ALL vehicles except 4-wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles with mud and snow tires. Fourwheel drive vehicles must have 4-wheel drive engaged. R3 - ALL vehicles are required to install chains/cables, regardless of having mud and snow tires or 4-wheel/all-wheel drive capability, NO EXCEPTIONS. *“M+S” will be on the side of your tires if they are mud and snow tires. i Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Things to Do Winter in Yosemite THINGS TO DO IN YOSEMITE VALLEY Custom Yosemite Experiences Join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist guide SAFETY ALERT for a Custom Adventure designed to fit your For your safety and the safety of other visitors hikes, birding walks, stargazing programs, and employees, we encourage you to follow backpacking trips, and more. For more CDC guidance to reduce the spread of information, contact adventures@yosemite. COVID-19. org, or visit yosemite.org/custom-adventures. interests and schedule. Options include day Practice social distancing. Maintain The Ansel Adams Gallery a distance of at least 6 feet between Photography Excursions you and others. Sign up for 2-4 hour photography classes, private guided tours, or camera walks led by Wash hands using soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently. resident staff photographers. Call ahead for reservations 209/372-4413 or visit anseladams. com/photography-education. See page 4. Wear a facecovering when social NPS Image distancing cannot be maintained. Yosemite Valley has a wide range of yearround walking and hiking possibilities. Cover your mouth and nose when How Will COVID-19 Impact My Visit? you cough or sneeze. Following guidance from federal, state, and local public health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are increasing access and services in a phased approach at Yosemite Additionally, avoid touching your eyes, nose, National Park. Visit the park website, www.nps.gov/yose, for more updates and safety information. and mouth, and most importantly, stay home if you feel sick. Currently open and available Park App Download the Yosemite app for an interactive map, hiking trails, and park updates. See page 11 for more information. WELCOME Ask A Ranger Not open or available at this time Unavailable in 2020/ early 2021 An outdoor visitor contact station is located behind Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Visitor Centers are closed until further notice. All shuttles and tours are canceled during this time Most roads and trails are open. Some trails may be closed or re-routed. Some campgrounds are currently closed. Yosemite Theater and Yosemite Museum will be closed during this time. Upper Pines campground is open and reservations are required. Most programs are canceled until further notice There is no first come, first served camping. Select dining and shopping establishments are open and encourage social distancing. to direct you to the exact location. Open 9am to 4pm, then from 9am to 4:30pm beginning January 16 to February 12. Entering a National Park Yosemite is a place where wilderness prevails. Prepare yourself for a wild experience. The National Park Service is bound by its mission to protect Yosemite's natural and cultural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. Please, be attentive to the regulations in place to protect park resources (page 9) and those designed for your safety (page 8). Fire – Police – Medical Emergency: Dial 911 Medical Clinic (in Yosemite Valley) Open 7 days per week from 9am to 7pm. Medical Clinic Phone: (209) 372-4637. Road, Weather, and Park Information: (209) 372-0200 Yosemite Village Garage - 8am to 5pm, 24 hour AAA towing, NO gas, propane service until 4:30pm. (209) 372-1060 behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center for trail maps and updated weather and trail conditions. Curl Up in Front of a Fireplace The Ahwahnee has three grand fireplaces that have always provided heat to offset the year’s most frigid temperatures. Bring a book and a warm drink and find a cozy niche in front of and toes. THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE YOSEMITE VALLEY Crane Flat Snow Play Area A snow play area is open at Crane Flat Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and services are closed during this time. Campground in winter when enough snow is present. Please do not sled onto roadways! Pioneer Yosemite History Center behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center to park information and updates. Look for signs Stop by the outdoor visitor contact station the fire, the perfect place to warm your hands Drop by the visitor contact station located ask your Yosemite-related questions and to get Walking and Hiking Go back to a time of horse-drawn wagons, What Does 6-ft Look Like? a covered bridge, and log cabins. A visit The wing span of a bald eagle is to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center roughly 6 feet long. While social explores Yosemite’s history and explains how distancing, imagine the length Yosemite was the inspiration for national of a soaring eagles’ wing span parks across America and around the world. between you and others. The center is open throughout the year. Access for People with Disabilities Upcoming Park Projects For a complete list of accessible services, exhibits, and recreational opportunities, pick up a Yosemite Accessibility Guide at any park entrance station or visitor center, or view online at www.nps.gov/ yose/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm, or call a park Accessibility Coordinator at (209) 379-1035. Bridalveil Fall Rehabilitation Project Why: To rehabilitate visitor facilities at the base of Bridalveil Fall and surrounding area, and to protect natural and cultural resources in the area. When: 2019 - 2020 Visitor Impact: Trail, comfort station and parking lot may not be available due to construction. Sign Language interpreting is available upon request. Contact Deaf Services at (209) 379-5250 (v/txt). Two weeks advance notice is requested. Assistive Listening Devices available upon advance request at any visitor center. Audio tours available at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Refer to the Accessibility Guide, or contact an Accessibility Coordinator for more information. Tioga Road Rehabilitation Plan Why: To make safety improvements and manage roadside parking and traffic flow while preserving natural and cultural resources along the road. When: 2020 and 2021 seasons Visitor Impact: 30-minute traffic delays along Tioga Road due to construction. Accessible parking spaces available west of Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Where to Go and What to Do in Yosemite National Park Inside: 01 Things to Do 04 Exhibits and Programs 05 Services 07 Permit Information 09 Protecting Yourself 10 Feature Story Back Shuttle Map 1 Experience Your America Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Discover Yosemite Let your curiosity guide you to new places Entrance Fees Non-commercial car, truck, RV, or van with 15 or fewer passenger seats (No per-person fee) Vehicle Valid for 7 days $35/Vehicle Motorcycle Valid for 7 days $30/motorcycle Walking Yosemite Valley Valley Visitor Center We strongly recommend moving around the Upper Yosemite Fall east end of Yosemite Valley on foot or bike if possible. On the map below, the numbers time between each destination, represented Yosemite Valley Lodge 5 30 Chapel 5 Yosemite Falls Parking Housekeeping Camp Lower Pines El Capitan Picnic Area 5 Cathedral Beach Average Walking Times Walking Routes Campground Parking Picnic Area Restroom R na wo Star Gold Wa Walk-In Campground Families (Free) Must present paper voucher Interagency 4th Grade Pass (Free) - Glacier Point Must present paper voucher. Wawona U.S.Fresno 5th Grade Voucher (Free) 0 1 km Road close 1 mile after N The Tioga Road and Glacier Point the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on these roads end October 15. For current road and weather information, please call (209)372-0200. 6 Must present paper voucher. E3 Reservations E4 Campground Reservations (877) 444-6777; www.recreation.gov Lodging Reservations (888) 413-8869 www.travelyosemite.com Group Sales Office: (888) 339-3481 5 Regional Info Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) www.yarts.com 4 1 Highway 41 Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau (559) 683-4636; www.yosemitethisyear.com 2 Highway 132/49 Coulterville Visitor Center (209) 878-3329 Highway 140/49 California Welcome Center, Merced (800) 446-5353 or (209) 724-8104 www.yosemite-gateway.org Mariposa County Visitor Center (866) 425-3366 or (209) 966-7081 Highway 120 East Lee Vining Chamber of Commerce and Mono Lake Visitor Center, (760) 647-6629, www.leevining.com 2 25 Yosemite Valley Walking Map U.S. Military VeteransBridalveil (Free) Must present suitable IDFall d oa Yosemite Mariposa County Tourism Bureau (209) 742-4567; www.yosemite.com Upper Pines Curry Village Parking Interagency Military Pass (Free) (Annual) For active duty U.S. military and dependents. Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau (800) 446-1333; www.tcvb.com Campground Reservations Curry Village Sentinel Beach Interagency Annual Senior Pass $20 For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over. Highway 120 West Yosemite Chamber of Commerce (800) 449-9120 or (209) 962-0429 North Pines Yosemite Village Parking Swinging Bridge Interagency Senior Pass $80 (Lifetime) For U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 and over. To The Ahwahnee 10 10 Camp 4 Interagency Annual Pass $80 Valid for one year at all federal recreation sites. To Medical Clinic 20 Yosemite Pass $70, Valid for one year in Yosemite. Interagency Access Pass (Free) - El Portal & Mariposa (Lifetime) For permanently disabled U.S. citizens or permanent residents. - San Francisco W by the red circles. Individual Valid for 7 days $20 (In a bus, on foot, bicycle, or horse), To Yosemite Village Lower Yosemite Fall in the white circles show the average walking 3 Mariposa Grove Road CLOSES after the first significant snowfall. Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Yosemite Valley 1 Yosemite Valley is world-famous for its impressive waterfalls, cliffs, and unusual rock formations. It is open year round and can be reached via Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 140 from Merced, Highway 120 West from Manteca, and via the Tioga Road (Highway 120 East) from Lee Vining in summer. The Valley is known for massive cliff faces like El Capitan and Half Dome, its plunging waterfalls including the tallest in North America, and its attractive meadows. While Yosemite Falls will be dry until rain and snow recharge it, a moderate hike will take you to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Yosemite’s meadows are great places to see wildlife and to photograph fall and winter scenery. Admire El Capitan, the massive granite monolith that stands 3,593 feet from base to summit. Whether you explore the Valley by foot or car, the scenery will leave you in awe and eager to see what’s around the next corner. Glacier Point Road 2 Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Valley in Winter. Photo by Christine White Loberg and Yosemite’s high country, is located 30 miles (1 hour) from Yosemite Valley. The road stays open as weather permits, however, overnight parking along it ends October 15. Glacier Point Road closes beyond the Badger Pass Ski Area after the first significant snow fall. When the road is snow-covered and conditions permit, a system of cross-country ski tracks are maintained on it. From Yosemite Valley, take the Wawona Road (Highway 41), then turn left onto Glacier Point Road. At Glacier Point, a short, paved, and wheelchairaccessible trail leads you to a stunning view looking into Yosemite Valley. Wawona and Mariposa Grove 3 The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is located 36 miles (1¼ hours) south of Yosemite Valley via the Wawona Road (Highway 41), two miles from the park’s south entrance station. While the Mariposa Grove Road closes to cars in the winter, approximately from the end of November until mid-March, the road is open to hikers, snowshoers, and skiers, and all trails in the grove remain open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The The view from Glacier Point. NPS Photo nearby Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona is a collection of historic buildings associated with people and events that shaped the national park idea in Yosemite. Crane Flat and Tuolumne Grove 4 Crane Flat is located 16 miles from Yosemite Valley at the junction of the Big Oak Flat and Tioga Roads. A number of hikes through pleasant meadows are available— when snow covers the ground these turn into delightful ski and snowshoe tracks. To see giant sequoias, park at the Tuolumne Grove parking area located on the Tioga Road, and walk one steep mile down to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Or, park at Merced Grove trailhead and walk two steep miles down to this small grove. These groves north of Yosemite Valley are smaller than the more-famous Mariposa Grove, but are quieter and off limits to vehicles. Remember that the walk down is easier than the walk back up. Tuolumne Meadows and Tioga Road 5 Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. NPS Image The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes. The road closes after the first big snowfall, and overnight parking ends on October 15. The road’s elevation ranges from 6,200 feet to just under 10,000 feet. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada. The Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River winds through broad sub-alpine meadows surrounded by granite domes and peaks. It is the jumping off place for countless hikes, whether you venture out for a day or a week. In winter, Tuolumne Meadows is often reached by skiers via the Snow Creek Trail from the Mirror Lake trailhead, a short distance east of Yosemite Valley. Hetch Hetchy 6 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a source of drinking water and hydroelectric power for the City of San Francisco, is home to spectacular scenery and the starting point for many wilderness trails. The area’s low elevation makes it a good place to hike in autumn and winter. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is located 40 miles (1¼ hour) from Yosemite Valley via the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120W) and the Evergreen Road. The Hetch Hetchy Tenaya Lake. NPS Photo Road is open from 8am to 5pm. Vehicles and/or trailers over 25 feet long, and RVs and other vehicles over 8 feet wide are not permitted on the narrow, winding Hetch Hetchy Road. Buy Your Site Pass on Recreation.gov Purchase your Yosemite National Park site pass on Recreation.gov before you arrive. Your site pass can easily be downloaded on your phone or tablet, or be printed to be displayed when you arrive. Learn more at https://www. recreation.gov/sitepass/74296 Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. NPS Photo 3 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley Information, Art, and Exhibits EXHIBIT 40 Years in Yosemite: A Retrospective of Charles Cramer November 22, 2020 – January 11, 2021 Charlie Cramer has enjoyed his life photographing and exhibiting in Yosemite National Park — beginning with his first show at the Valley Visitor Center in 1979. This winter, we celebrate his life chasing the light in the Sierra. 40 Years in Yosemite: A Retrospective of Charles Cramer will open at The Ansel Adams Gallery on November 22, 2020 and runs through January 11, 2021. NEW EXHIBIT A Year in Yosemite: Photographs from Resident Photographers January 12, 2021 - February 20, 2021 Living and working in Yosemite has a mighty appeal and an even stronger gravity. Over the years, photographers - including Ansel himself - have made the pilgrimage to Yosemite to work in the presence of this great Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, November 2020. Image by Deanna Shorter Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and Bookstore A visitor contact station will be available behind the visitor center for information and updates. 9am to 4pm, then starting January 16 to February 12, 9am to 4:30pm. The Yosemite roundhouse, bark houses, and sweathouse members of the local tribes still actively use for ceremonies and special gatherings. Located behind the Yosemite Museum in Yosemite Village. Yosemite Conservancy muse; and from time to time, with a feeling that they cannot leave any photographs in the proverbial bag, they stay and continue to YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY ADVENTURES tease out the light. One of the most common Join Yosemite Conservancy (YC) for a questions asked of our staff members memorable experience in the park this is: “What is the best way to photograph winter! Enjoy an evening around the campfire Yosemite?” Inevitably, the response is: “To with storyteller Brian Shoor; check out our live here.” Great photographs can be made upcoming Outdoor Adventures winter hikes; on any trip to the park, without question, but Conservancy Bookstore will also be operating YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE 35 ART EXHIBIT as an outdoor “to-go” store from 9am to 5pm. If you are an artist inspired by Yosemite and or plan a Custom Adventure with one of our to explore the nuances overshadowed by its Located in Yosemite Village. the California Sierra Nevada, this is a fabulous naturalists. Advanced registration is required. celebrity, nothing compares to knowing it opportunity to share your vision! The call See the Programs section below for more details. like your own backyard. YOSEMITE THEATER to artists for the 36th annual Yosemite Closed during the 2020 season. Renaissance Art Exhibit has been extended Explore our website (yosemite.org) and follow Opening at The Ansel Adams Gallery on to December 31, 2020! us on social media to learn more about our January 12, 2021 and running through organization and browse our program calendar. February 20, 2021, Home Spaces explores Yosemite Museum Closed during the 2020 season. The exhibit showcases works related to Yosemite National Park and the California The Ansel Adams Gallery INDIAN CULTURAL VILLAGE Sierra Nevada region. For over 150 years, Walk through the reconstructed Indian artists have played an important role in the Village of Ahwahnee and learn about the establishment of our state and national parks, offers works of Ansel Adams, contemporary structures the Ahwahneechee lived in and the inspiring people to visit iconic natural sites, photographers, and other artists. Call 209/372- plants they used for survival. Check out the and to protect our parks, wild lands and 4211 or visit www.anseladams.com for more interactive displays and see the ceremonial natural resources. details. Closed December 25. Open daily from 10am to 3pm, the gallery an array of contemporary work made by our full-time instructors and staff members as they have come to see one of the most enigmatic places on earth. Pieces on display will include original gelatin silver and platinum prints, alternative processes, as well as digital photographs. Programs (Social distancing measures will be in place at all park programs for everyone’s safety. Check local listings for additional programs.) THE ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES Sign up in advance at The Ansel Adams Gallery, located in Yosemite Village. Sundays at 10am: Demystifying Digital Exposure (2 hrs.) $ Tuesdays at 1pm: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams (4 hrs.) $ Thursdays at 1pm: Ansel Adams’ Legacy and Your Digital Camera (4 hrs.) $ Saturdays at 1pm: In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography (3 hrs.) $ YOSEMITE CONSERVANCY (YC) OUTDOOR ADVENTURES AND MORE Join an In the Field: Creative Smartphone Photography class. Image courtesy of The Ansel Adams Gallery 4 Join Yosemite Conservancy for a memorable park experience! Preregistration is required. Upcoming naturalist-led programs include: Campfire Stories: Storytelling program. Dec 26, 6:30pm–7:30pm, Valley Visitor Center. $ Winter Explorations: Join a naturalist guide for a winter hike or snowshoe, conditions permitting. Snowshoes provided, as needed! • Saturdays, Dec 26–Jan 30: Badger Pass snowshoe hikes (9am–12pm and 1pm– 4pm) $ • Jan 2 and Jan 17: Dewey Point snowshoe hike (8am–4pm) $ • Jan 30: Yosemite Valley winter hike or snowshoe (9am–3pm) $ • Feb 6: Tuolumne Grove/Crane Flat winter hike or snowshoe (9am–4pm) $ • Feb 14: Mariposa Grove winter hike or snowshoe (9am–4pm) $ Learn more about all our upcoming adventures and sign up: yosemite.org/adventures. Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Services in Yosemite Schedule All available operations and hours of operations are subject to change. Check local resources and area signage in light of changing public health requirements related to COVID-19. Gas Stations EL PORTAL Pay 24 hours with credit or debit card WAWONA SERVICE STATION Pay 24 hours with credit or debit card. CRANE FLAT Pay 24 hours with credit or debit card Books, Gifts, & Apparel The Yosemite Chapel celebrated 140 years of service in 2019. Photo by Sheree Peshlakai Hours listed are core hours and may be extended during peak visitation. Food and Drink YOSEMITE VILLAGE Degnan’s Kitchen 7am to 11am; 11:30am to 6pm The Loft at Degnan’s Closed for the Season THE AHWAHNEE Dining Room Breakfast: 7am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 4pm Dinner: 5:30pm to 8:30pm The Ahwahnee Bar Friday & Saturday: 4pm to 9pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Starbucks Coffee Thursday - Sunday: 7am to 3pm Base Camp Eatery Breakfast: 7:30am to 10am Lunch: 11am to 2pm Dinner: 4pm to 8pm Mountain Room Bar Friday & Saturday: 4pm to 9pm Mountain Room Restaurant Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 CURRY VILLAGE Pizza Deck Closed for the Season Coffee Corner Closed for the Season WAWONA AREA Wawona Hotel Closed for the Season BADGER PASS SKI AREA DINING Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 Groceries YOSEMITE VILLAGE Village Store 9am to 7pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm RELIGIOUS SERVICES YOSEMITE COMMUNITY CHURCH Pastor Brent Moore: Resident Minister (209) 372-4831 • www.YosemiteValleyChapel.org *Sunday Service: 9:15am and 6:30pm *CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Thursday, December 24 at 4pm and 5:15pm *NEW YEARS EVE WATCHNIGHT SERVICE Thursday, December 31 at 10:30pm Wednesday Midweek Chapel Service 7pm Thursday Bible Study (call for location) 7pm NPS Image *Due to COVID-19, the status of these services may change. Please check the Chapel website listed above for updated information. CURRY VILLAGE Gift/Grocery Closed for the Season EL PORTAL El Portal Market 10am to 4pm WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 11am to 4pm 11am to 3pm Post Offices YOSEMITE VILLAGE Main Office Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Saturday: 10am to noon YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Monday - Friday: 12:30pm to 2:45pm EL PORTAL Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 5pm Closed 12:30pm to 1:30pm WAWONA 11am to 3pm CHURCH OF CHRIST (Non-denominational) El Portal Chapel / Worship: Sunday 11am Info: 209/379-2100 OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS Catholic Mass Sunday 10:00 a.m. (year - round) Visitor Center Theater Shuttle stop #5 or #9 YOSEMITE VILLAGE Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9am to 4:30pm (operating as an outdoor “to-go” store) Yosemite Museum Store Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 The Ansel Adams Gallery 10am to 3pm, closed Dec 25 Village Store 9am to 7pm THE AHWAHNEE Gift Shop 9am to 7pm Sweet Shop 11am to 6pm YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE Gift/Grocery 10am to 6pm CURRY VILLAGE Gift/Grocery Closed for the Season WAWONA Wawona Store & Pioneer Gift Shop 11am to 3pm Recreation BADGER PASS SKI AREA Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 CURRY VILLAGE ICE SKATING Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 GLACIER POINT SKI HUT Temporarily closed due to COVID-19 General Services Medical Clinic - Yosemite Valley (209) 372-4637 For emergency care CALL 9-1-1 Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm, Closed during federal holidays Yosemite Village Garage Towing available 24 hours, in addition to emergency services for vehicles. NO gas in Yosemite Valley. SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS No meetings at this time Oakhurst Hotline: 559/683-1662 Illustration by Tom Whitworth 5 Experience Your America Yosemite National Park Hikes in Yosemite Valley Swinging Bridge, Yosemite Valley, 2019. NPS Image / Sheree Peshlakai Choose your adventure PARK UPDATE • Please practice social distancing while walking on trails. • Expect trail closures. What better way to enjoy the beauty of Yosemite than on foot. Ask a ranger at any visitor contact station for updated trail conditions and one of several free day-hike handouts. Yosemite Valley Day Hikes* STARTING POINT DISTANCE / TIME DIFFICULTY / ELEVATION Bridalveil Fall - CLOSED due to Construction Bridalveil Fall Parking Area 0.5 mile round-trip, 20 minutes Easy Lower Yosemite Fall Lower Yosemite Fall Shuttle Stop #6 1.0 mile round-trip, 20 minutes Easy Upper Yosemite Fall Trail to Columbia Rock Camp 4 Near Shuttle Stop #7 2 miles round-trip, 2–3 hours Strenuous 1,000-foot gain Top of Upper Yosemite Fall Same as above 7.2 miles round-trip, 6–8 hours Very Strenuous 2,700-foot gain Know Before You Go: Mirror Lake (A seasonal lake) Mirror Lake Shuttle Stop #17 2 miles round-trip, 1 hour Easy • Stay away from swift-moving water Vernal Fall Footbridge Happy Isles Shuttle Stop #16 1.4 miles round-trip, 1–2 hours Moderate, 400-foot gain *Top of Vernal Fall Happy Isles Shuttle Stop #16 3 miles round-trip, 2–4 hours Strenuous 1,000-foot gain Top of Nevada Fall same as above 5 miles round-trip, 5–6 hours Strenuous 1,900-foot gain *Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point (Partially closed in winter) Southside Drive 4.8 miles one-way, 3–4 hours one-way Very Strenuous, 3,200-foot gain Valley Floor Loop Lower Yosemite Fall Shuttle Stop #6 13 miles full loop, 5–7 hours full loop Moderate • Some trails may be re-routed to accommodate social distancing protocol. Please comply with all posted signs. • Always supervise children closely. • Never swim upstream from a waterfall. TRAIL / DESTINATION *Trails may be closed due to unsafe conditions. Ask a ranger for current conditions and heed all warning and closure signs! Please wear a facecovering when social distancing cannot be maintained. NPS Images 6 Yosemite Guide December 2, 2020 - February 2, 2021 Permit Information Camping, Hiking, and Wilderness Use CAMPING RESERVATIONS In Yosemite Valley’s car campgrounds, reservations are required year-round.Outside the valley, reservations are required summer through fall for Hodgdon Meadow, Crane Flat, Wawona, and half of Tuolumne Meadows. All other campgrounds (except group and stock campgrounds) are first-come, first-served. Campground reservations are available up to five months in advance, on the 15th of each month at 7am Pacific time. Log onto the website or call as soon as possible as some campgrounds fill within a few minutes of the opening period. For campground reservations, visit www. recreation.gov (recommended) or call 877/ 444-6777 or TDD 877/833-6777 or 518/ 8853639 from outside the US and Canada Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park. NPS Image Wilderness Permits Wilderness permits are required year round for all overnight trips into the Yosemite Wilderness. Self-registration quota sheets and permits are available at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Hill’s Studio in Wawona, Big Oak Flat Information Station, Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station and at the Badger Pass A-Frame (conditions permitting). Bear canisters are only available for rent at the Yosemite Conservancy Bookstore in the Valley Visitor Center. For summer trips, reservations are taken 24 weeks (168 days) in advance of the start of your trip. Visit https://www.nps. gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermitdates.htm to view a helpful chart. A processing fee of $5 per permit plus $5 per person is charged to each confirmed reservation. Go to www.nps.gov/ yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm to check trailhead availability and for more information on how to make a reservation. Reservations can be made online (preferred) at www.yosemite. org/experience/wilderness-permits or by phone at 209/372-0740, Monday-Friday from 9am to 4:30pm. For more information, visit www. nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/backpacking.htm, www.yosemite.org and the Leave No Trace website at www.lnt.org. YOSEMITE VALLEY HETCH HETCHY Wilderness permits for Yosemite Valley Self-registration wilderness permits for Hetch trailheads are available by self-registration in Hetchy trailheads only are available at the front of the visitor center. Bear canisters are Entrance Station daily from 8am to 5pm. Please available for rent or to buy at the bookstore. See come prepared with your own bear canister. • Camping during the 2020 season is Half Dome Permit Information • There is no walk-up service, pg. 8 for details on wilderness travel and safety. WAWONA AND MARIPOSA GROVE Self-registration wilderness permits for the The Half Dome Cables are down for the Wawona and Glacier

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