There are many reasons to head to Yosemite in June. The weather is lovely, the waterfalls are flowing, the flowers are blooming and the trails are open.
With the park being in full bloom, there are generally a lot more people visiting Yosemite in June.
By this point the winter months; December, January, February and March truly over, there should be no snow on the ground. Many of the entrances to the park are open making it far easier to access for everyone.
For those who love to hike, the trails pass through some of the most stunning scenery in the country. There are more options available in summer and plenty of kid friendly hikes for families travelling with kids.
With warmer weather and longer days, there is plenty of time to explore many corners of the park. This guide can help navigate a trip to Yosemite in June. It covers what weather to expect, how to get there and some of the best things to do! Make sure to also check out our packing list and where to stay.
Yosemite Temperature in June
Finding out what weather to expect on any trip is important. It dictates what clothes to bring, what plan to make and how to get around. The weather in Yosemite in June is usually warm and sunny.
During the daytime temperatures can reach up to 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 27 degrees Celsius. It does get warmer the later half of the month as July approaches.
In the evening the average temperature in Yosemite in June is around 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 11 degrees Celsius. Many would find this a comfortable temperature and just right for hiking.
There is usually less rainfall at this time of year. Expect around 3 days of rain throughout the entire month. While it is less likely to experience many rainy days, it is best to be prepared.
It is worth noting the temperatures in Yosemite Valley. This is the warmest part of the park. Venture higher up or out into the meadows and the temperature can be considerably lower.
How to Get to Yosemite in June
Wondering will Yosemite be open in June? Yosemite is open all year round.
However, this is not true for the entrances. There are five entrances to the park. Three are frequently used by those coming from San Francisco. One is used for those arriving from Los Angeles and San Diego and the entrance on the east is for anyone from Las Vegas.
The Tioga Road is the best entrance to use for those coming from the east. It is the only entrance closed part of the year due to snow on the road. By June most of the snow has melted and the road and entrance are open.
It is always best to check the website before setting off as road closures are affected by weather and cannot be predicted.
Don’t panic if the Tioga entrance is closed. The South Entrance is a great alternative but add a couple of scenic driving hours to the journey .
This is the entrance is for those coming from Los Angeles or San Diego and it is open no matter Yosemite weather in June.
The other three entrances, Hetchy Hetch, Big Oak and Arch Rock are the most used entrances.
Hetchy Hetch is only open during daylight hours in the winter and it is entrance isn’t as direct as the other two. However, many take it for the stunning scenery.
From late May until September all reservations to Yosemite must be made in advance!
All entrances have a toll booth to pay the fee to the park. Tickets purchased at the entrance are around $35. America the Beautiful Pass is accepted at Yosemite. It is very affordable and can be used at over 2000 sites across the US.
If you visit National Parks regularly, this pass is very cost-effective! Just one pass covers the entrance fee for a driver and all passengers. REI also donate 10% of pass sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation.
Hike the Mist Trail
However, it is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite so hike it if possible.
It is popular as it takes hikers past two waterfalls. Both Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls can be seen from the trail and at this time of year they should be roaring.
The 11km hike begins at Happy Isles Trailhead, not far from Yosemite Valley.
The hike is around 11km and can take anywhere between four or five hours, dependent on how many breaks are taken and how experienced the hikers are.
It is recommended to start the hike early in the morning to avoid crowds on this busy trail. Yosemite weather in June is warm and sunny and with little shade on the trail, so an early start is advised.
To see more of the park, consider taking an alternative trail on the way back. The John Muir Trail can add some extra time to the hike, however, it is easier with lots to see.
The trail has a few steep inclines so good waterproof hiking boots are essential. The trail close to the falls can get wet, hence the need for waterproof boots.
See Yosemite Falls
For families visiting Yosemite with kids, a long hike is not a great option. Luckily there are plenty of other waterfalls to visit in the park.
There is no need for a long hike to the bottom of the falls. It is a short walk on a paved path not far from the Valley. The Lower Yosemite Falls trail is suitable for all. It takes around thirty minutes and it is perfect to add to an itinerary.
The trail goes to the bottom of the waterfall. Some may want to get a better angle of Yosemite Falls. The swinging bridge has an amazing view of the water flowing from the top making it one of the best photo spots in Yosemite.
Visit a Lake
A trip to Yosemite in June wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a lake. There are plenty to choose from. Mirror Lake is the closest to the Valley and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is amazing to see.
Tenaya Lake is off Tioga Road which usually reopens around early June. It is the largest natural lake in Yosemite and is popular with families.
Paddle boarders can be spotted on the lake along with floating ice and snow. The lake is in the high country and sometimes Yosemite in June, there is ice on the crystal clear waters of the lake. The views from the lake are breathtaking!
Three sides of the lake have views of granite peaks. The lake is a little way from Yosemite Valley so it is rarely overcrowded.
Head to a View Point
Glacier Point is one of the best viewpoints in Yosemite closely followed by Sentinel Dome. They are both off the Glacier Point Road.
With the road to both viewpoints closed in 2022 and restrictions likely to be in place in 2023, where is it possible to see Yosemite from above.
What better way to see Yosemite than from the sky? A flight tour offers a unique vantage point of Yosemite.
Soaring low in the clouds on a small private plane, there are stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yosemite National Park. This is a once in a lifetime experience and one to add to the bucket list!
Take off from Pine Mountain Lake Airport. The first peek of Yosemite is Tuolumne Canyon followed by Cherry Lake and into the Emigrant wilderness.
Don’t worry, the famous landmarks are not forgotten either. From a small seat on a plane be on the lookout for El Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Valley.
This one hour trip is for small groups of up to nine people so it can sell out quickly!
Take a Stunning Photo at Tunnel View
Tunnel View is one of the most famous photos of Yosemite. It is a short drive from Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road and one of the most iconic scenes of the park.
After parking in the nearby car park, take a short walk and find a place to snap a few photos. Gaze at El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall.
The best time to go to Tunnel View is in soft light at sunrise and sunset for beautiful photos.
Visting at this time of day is a great time to see the granite peaks turn orange from the sun. Be aware it is a popular spot and there are usually many photographers trying to get the best spot.
Gaze at the Wildflowers in the Meadow
Who says high ground is the only place to have stunning views of the park? Cook’s Meadow is a little walk from Yosemite Valley. The boardwalk is great for bike rides or a leisurely stroll after dinner.
Watch the sun set behind Half Dome with stunning colours of orange and pink appear on the granite peaks.
It is a popular place for families as kids may spot deer grazing in the meadow! Yosemite in June is when the wildflowers are blooming. Cook’s Meadow is one of the best places to see the bloom.
Make sure to stay on the path and not disturb the wildlife.
Marvel at the Sequoia Trees in Mariposa Grove
Many people come to Yosemite to see the waterfalls or go on one of the amazing hikes. However, a hidden gem near the South entrance is Mariposa Grove.
The drive takes about an hour from Yosemite Valley and is worth the journey!
Park in the car park and catch the free shuttle to the entrance of the grove. From there choose from one of the many trails.
To see the most famous trees including the Grizzly Giant, the Giant Sequoias Trail is a fabulous choice.
The trees in the grove are impressively over 3000 years old and dwarf everything else in sight.
As the grove is a long drive from Yosemite Valley, it is better to bring a picnic or packed lunch. There are several picnic benches near the car park available to use.
It can get quite busy so if the benches are full bring a picnic blanket to throw down and sit under one of the trees.
Remember Yosemite has a leave no trace policy. All rubbish should be disposed of properly and anyone visiting the park should leave it how it was discovered.
There are plenty of bears in Yosemite Park. Bear spray is prohibited and there are a few rules to follow. If a bear is spotted, it is important to inform a ranger. Don’t leave food unattended and keep children close.
Visit the Museum
After visiting Mariposa Grove make a quick stop at the museum. It is a wonderful place to learn more about the park especially the history and about the people who lived there in the past.
There are often demonstrations held in the area with many of which are interactive, it is a great place for kids.
Right next door to the museum is the Ansel Adams Gallery. There are many amazing photographs of the park including the infamous Tunnel View photograph.
Go on a Private Tour
For those who prefer help with arranging a trip, a small-Group Tour to Yosemite National Park is an ideal way to see the park.
It stops by the best landmarks and all guides is knowledgeable to answer any questions.
It leaves San Francisco at 6.30 in the morning and pick-ups from various areas of the city.
First, stop in the park is Great Central Valley for a quick rest or to pick up a few snacks. Next is Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Dome, and many more sites.
When the guided tour has wrapped up, enjoy three or four free hours in Yosemite Valley. It is the perfect amount of time to take a hike or stroll around.
No lunch is provided on the tour so bring one along. There are many places to have a picnic or choose to eat at one of the many restaurants in Yosemite.
Hike Half Dome
Around May the cables to the Half Dome are opened up and hikers from all over the country arrive to attempt to reach the summit. This superb 26km trail is not for the fainthearted and takes around 12 hours.
Half Dome is 1463 metres above the valley floor so this is a strenuous hike. Those who manage to reach the top are rewarded with unbelievable views.
It follows the Mist Trails so hikers can expect to see Vernal and Nevada Falls. There are also views of Liberty Cap, Yosemite Valley, and the High Sierra.
The most difficult part of the hike is the Half Dome cables. Some hikers rest at this point and simply sit on the granite rock and admire the views rather than completing the journey.
The hike requires a lot of planning. Ensure to carry enough food and water for the duration of the hike. About 6-10 litres is required, depending on the individual and the weather.
Many hikers opt for hydration reservoirs as they are light and easy to use. It is important to take plenty of breaks and keep energy levels up with snacks like trail mix and granola bars.
It goes without saying a good pair of hiking boots are needed.
Unlike the other trails in Yosemite, a permit is required for the Half Dome hike. Applications must be in by March and applicants are emailed in April about whether they have been successful. It is a lottery so not everyone who applies secures a reservation.
Anyone who was unsuccessful with the lottery can join a tour group. One amazing tour is a 4 Day Yosemite Backpacking Trip from Glacier Point to Half Dome and there is no need to apply for a permit.
Float Down the Merced River
If you are considering rafting in Yosemite, it is possible in El Portal on the outskirts of Yosemite. The Merced River in Yosemite offers a more relaxed way to experience the river.
The river runs through the park and it is the perfect place to try rafting for the first time. At the start of the month, the rapids may be high, however, they start to ease off as the month goes on.
It is difficult to say with certainty how high the rapids will be. This is determined by the amount of snowfall, the temperature of the water and the depth of the river.
The season usually runs from late May until late July or sometimes August. If this activity appeals, bring a raft along. Alternatively they can be rented at Curry Village however they are in high demand and no reservations are accepted.
It is not possible to raft every day in Yosemite in June. The decision is made after the gauge height is taken at Pohono Bridge in the morning. If the level is below 7 feet at 8 am then the river is open.
The rules for rafting on the Merced River are well signposted however, it is important to be aware of them before arriving.
One rule everyone must follow is all rafts must be put in at Stoneman Bridge and taken out at Sentinel Beach.
While on the raft, everyone must have a personal flotation device. Kids under the age of 13 must wear one at all times. Anyone over 13 must have the device within arms reach.
Have Dinner at The Ahwahnee
Anyone wanting to go all out can make reservations for a formal dinner at The Ahwahnee. It was built in the 1920s and the decor and architecture complement the surroundings.
The restaurant has hosted many famous people and presidents over the years. It is considered to be the crown jewel of Yosemite and has lived up to its name.
The Ahwahnee is in Yosemite Valley and offers superb views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. It serves food year-round and it is known for its excellent service and quality.
The first thing to notice walking into the restaurant is the high ceilings allowing enormous windows and spectacular views from the table.
To attend a formal dinner at the restaurant there is a dress code. Men are expected to wear a suit and tie and women are expected to wear a dress or formal outfit.
This rule is strictly adhered to so don’t turn up wearing shorts or sportswear!
It is one of the busiest restaurants in Yosemite so it is always best to make a reservation before arriving to avoid disappointment.
What to Pack for Yosemite in June
Before setting off, it is worth compiling a list of essential items to add to a packing list. Yosemite is not an average holiday and the weather can change so it is always best to be prepared.
- Some hiking essentials are a good pair of waterproof hiking boots, a light rain jacket, a head torch, a lightweight quick drying towel, a backpack and hydration reservoirs for the longer hikes.
- When it comes to clothing, bring light clothes for the warm weather in Yosemite National Park in June. Keep in mind, the early mornings and evening can be chilly so pack accordingly.
- Camping essentials include a sleeping bag, cooking equipment and a picnic blanket.
Camping in Yosemite in June
There are many options, from hotels to holiday homes however, camping is the most popular choice.
There are thirteen campgrounds in Yosemite and require a reservation to be made in advance!
Making a reservation for Yosemite camping June can be stressful. At this time of year the spaces can be filled in seconds, months in advance. Reservations open five months in advance on 15th off the month at 7am PST.
Some tips on securing a reservation are to log on to the website a few minutes before the reservations open and fill out the first few steps. As soon as 7 strikes dates can be chosen on the website and the success rate increases.
Anyone unable to secure a reservation can check out the cancellation and lottery system on the website.
The most popular campgrounds are those located near Yosemite Valley. North Pines is highly recommended due to its location and its stunning views.
Backpacking in Yosemite in June
Backpacking in Yosemite has gained in popularity over the years. It is a fabulous way to explore parts of the park many don’t get to see. With fewer crowds around it offers solitude with nature.
The weather in Yosemite June is warmer so it is a great time to backpack!
Before any planning goes ahead, a wilderness permit is required. The park runs a lottery for anyone who applies for the permit. The remaining permits are then offered on a first come first serve basis.
A wilderness permit gives backpackers the right to camp wherever they can hike to. There are very few limitations accept in the Valley and the designated campgrounds.
There is a designated campground for backpackers behind North Pines in the summer. It is for backpackers to use the night before or the night after they set off on their hike.
If this sounds like a lot of hassle and much planning, there are plenty of tours in Yosemite which include backpacking.
Consider this 5 Day Yosemite Backpacking Trip with Amazing Sunsets. One of the best things about it is the hikes are not very strenuous and it is possible to mix and match the itinerary.
Backpackers camp at the base of Mount Hoffman beside May Lake. It is possible to swim in the lake and relax around the shore or hike the four-mile round trip to the top of Mount Hoffman.
After head to a hidden location, Polly Dome Lake! It is surrounded partially by granite and through high alpine meadows. The last place to set up camp is Glen Aulin.
This trip is great for everyone including families and there are plenty of amazing sunsets to see on this trip in the wilderness of Yosemite.
Heated Camping and Cabins in Yosemite
For an alternative to camping, Yosemite has its own glamping area in Curry Village. This is where to find heated tents with comfortable beds.
They sleep up to four so it is perfect for couples and small families.
While the heated tents are comfortable and offer a little extra comfort, they have no private bathrooms. However, there is a shared bathroom on site.
If a private bathroom is a top priority check out the cabins nearby. Similar to the heated tents, the cabins have fantastic views of the mountains.
They are popular and can book up quickly so best to secure one in advance!
Where to Park an RV in Yosemite
There are ten campgrounds in Yosemite to accommodate RVs. To make a reservation follow the same tips for camping.
If you do not have an RV, It is easy to rent an RV for the trip. It is such a great way to experience the park.
Rented Holiday Homes in Yosemite
On the west side of the park, there are a number of holiday homes and cabins to rent. They have all the necessities needed for a comfortable stay.
The holiday homes offer some seclusion just a short drive from Yosemite Valley.
They come in all shapes and sizes and can accommodate couples, families of all sizes and groups of friends of all sizes.
Some have basic amenities while others have fantastic choices such as hot tubs, wood fires and outdoor eating areas. They can book up quickly so plan ahead and make a reservation online!
Hotels in Yosemite Valley
As mentioned above, Yosemite has a few hotels onsite. Along with the Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley Lodge is close by and offers spacious rooms and lots of facilities on the premises.
Anyone viisiting Yosemite in June and staying at the hotel has spectacular views of a roaring Yosemite Falls.
Some other facilities the hotel offers are a restaurant on-site and bike rentals. The location is a fantastic base to explore other areas of Yosemite.
There is WiFi, however it can be used for light browsing only. Needless to say this hotel is popular so don’t delay in making a reservation.
Hotels in El Portal
El Portal is the most popular place to stay and is just a ten-minute drive to the park using the South Entrance.
Located along the Merced River is Yosemite View Lodge and it is a little more luxurious. The hotel has four pools and a hot tub, perfect for relaxing after a long day exploring Yosemite.
There is an onsite restaurant and a nearby convenience store. The views along the river are breathtaking and while various room types are available, families may want to opt for one with a kitchenette.
Hotels Near Yosemite
Staying in a hotel closer to the northwestern entrances is a better option for anyone from the bay area. The Rush Creek Lodge is at least an hours drive from Yosemite Valley.
There are several room types available for couples or large families. The outdoor pool opens in the summer and the hot tub is great to relax in.
Some other facilities include; a games room, sauna, spa, restaurant and shop onsite.
Top Tips for Visiting Yosemite in June
One of the best things to do before a visit to Yosemite in June is plan ahead. Not only is the accommodation starting to fill up, the tours and trails are following suit.
Setting out an itinerary for a trip to Yosemite National Park in June is the best way to visit to avoid disapointment.
Yosemite covers an area of 747,956 acres so exploring every inch is not an option!
Write down what appeals the most and make a plan on how to fit it into the trip. Remember many of the landmarks are right in the Valley and can be squeezed into a morning.
Other areas of the park are at least an hours drive away. Set aside a morning or afternoon to see the more remote areas.
Sunsets are sunrises are the best times for photographs so expect to rise early and the best photo spots to be busy!
With no internet or good service in Yosemite National Park. Before arriving download any maps for the trails and tell work, friends and family not to expect many phone calls.
One last thing to consider is the prices around the park are higher. Stock up on all essentials before arriving including gas!
There are many reasons to visit Yosemite in June. The park is opening up the roads and trails, the weather is warmer and there are many activities for all ages.
There is no better time to see Yosemite!
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