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    Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    I'm looking to head into Yosemite some weekend in February, which weekend would be best as far as snow, weather and possibly snowshowing? Also where are the best places to go for snow in the winter? I know there are the big obvious spots to stop off the road for Yosemite in general but where are some good spots when snow is on the ground, even if you have to hike 1+ miles?

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Unless something changes around here, maybe Colorado.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Hah, are you suggesting there is no snow in Yosemite?

    Edit: Crap, http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/w...hwahnee-meadow

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sizam View Post
    Hah, are you suggesting there is no snow in Yosemite?

    Edit: Crap, http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/w...hwahnee-meadow

    Correct. No snow in Yosemite. The passes are still OPEN! No appreciable snow in the Eastern Sierra either (well, at least not around Sonora or Tioga pass).

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    The best way (at least the way I'd do this) is to keep an eye on the weather and after a snow dump and a day or so when the roads are clear.....go in there as everything is covered and looks pristine. The whole valley could be spectacular.

    One of the suggestions I can make is when you going around the loop (return side).....continue pass the El Capitan and there will be an opening on the left side. There should be bunch of boulders in the river and they should have fresh snow on them...at this time you'll wonder how do you spell magic . I used 24mm (35mm equiv) and was able to include the entire El Capitan. It's 5X better when you have fog rolling through there and hopefully the sun is setting as the top of the El Capitan receives this reddish/orange light. Hmmm, maybe you can dial in, eh ? Yes, you'll need a wide angle of some sort to grab the entire scene.

    The other place would be closer to the Curry Village....the river reflection of the Half Dome. You can do this from the bridge, but then again you can also go further way and include the bridge in the photo. Often the sun melts the snow....and you'll find
    relatively large dips or potholes....and you can catch reflections of Half Dome, etc.

    Overall, despite its popularity, the park is relatively empty when it snows or just after
    so that's when I like to go. There should be plenty photo opportunities. Enjoy.

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    What is Winter ???

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Sadly,
    Maybe tioga road will still be open....
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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Ahem, the perennial question . The fifth week of February.

    Badger Pass (GP Road) if it snows:





    Anywhere inches from the road if it snows in the Valley:


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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Ah frick Rol you jerk, temping me with what I cannot have (this year)!

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    Re: Where/when to go in Yosemite in February?

    Why not try and catch the spectacular firefall around President's day? It's a difficult phenomenon to catch and photograph but it's unbelievably stunning.

    Storms are finally headed our way so we may have snow in February after all.

    Yosemite is gorgeous ANY time of year and February is still quite peaceful before the tourists converge. You can't go wrong!

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