Yosemite National Park Weather in April

On a year-long Road Trip Adventure across the USA, our family didn’t expect to find ideal weather every day.

When we made it to Yosemite National Park, it was April.

April in Yosemite isn’t the coldest, rainiest, or warmest month.

In Yosemite National Park:

  • December and January are the coldest months.
  • The rainiest months are January and February.
  • And July and August are the warmest months.

In April at Yosemite National Park, one can expect to find:

  • warm daytime temps (maximum of 64) and cold nighttime temps (38 degrees).
  • full waterfalls
  • and snow

We had no idea that snow would still have park roads closed in April in Yosemite National Park.

Since many of the park roads hadn’t been cleared yet, we readjusted what we wanted to see and do.

This is what we did on Day # 1 in Yosemite National Park in April:

  • We hiked under gray skies and in drizzling rain to see the giant sequoias at Mariposa Grove.
  • We decided to continue our hike in a downpour so that we could see the Grizzly Giant.
  • I returned to the car when I found out that my rain jacket was only a wind breaker.  I was cold and wet.
  • My family continued to hike the trails at Mariposa Grove to see the Tunnel Tree.
  • We had a picnic inside the dually because it didn’t stop raining.
  • Because it didn’t stop raining, we decided to call it a day and hope for better weather tomorrow.

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And on Day # 2 in Yosemite National Park in April:

  • the weather wasn’t any better!  It rained most of the day.  And it was cold.
  • but the rains had melted more snow and workmen had worked all day.  On day # 2, more roads were open.
  • The roads may have been open but a wall of fog hid the famous granite cliffs of Yosemite from us.
  • However, we enjoyed hearing and seeing the gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls that Yosemite is also famous for.

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DSCN1445Our visit to Yosemite National Park in April
wasn’t the sightseeing adventure we had planned or the weather we had preferred,
but it was an adventurous day that our family hasn’t forgotten.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
– John Ruskin

2 thoughts on “Yosemite National Park Weather in April

  1. The pictures on this blog entry are beautiful, due to both the scenery and the talent of the photographer. Great job, Robin!

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