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Old 03-25-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Upper yosemite falls in a 36' class a dp

Hello, we are planning a trip to yosemite upper pines in July. My navigator gives me three options for the route from Murrieta, 15/215 split. Anyone have experience with this. Recommendations would be great for the up and down trip in addition to interesting stops along the way for us and the kids (10 & 12 years old).
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We were in Yosemite last summer before July4th and it was packed! Not sure about your drive but we were in our toad and the traffic was rough!
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Are you towing a car to get around with ? I've been there many times, but I don't camp there, that's just my choice.
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My son worked as a chef at the Ahwanhee hotel in 2010 so we've camped at Upper Pines and did all of the routes in and out.

From down in Murrieta, your best option is 99 to Fresno and then take 41 into the park. There is a nice KOA in Coarsegold that I've stayed at and gives you a short ride into the park.

1. From 41 you will have to stop at Valley View which is right past the tunnel. Great view right down the valley.
2. If you and the kids are up to it, get your tickets for the Half Dome cables and make the 17 mile round trip hike. Spectacular views from the top. Two of my sons did the hike when they were 10 and 12.
3. See all the waterfalls. The hike up Yosemite Falls is very tough.
4. Float down the Merced River.
5. Take the Valley floor tour on the open bus.
6. Take the bus up to Glacier Point.
7. Go to a Ranger show at the campground.
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We have reservations at upper pine camgrounds, no toad, we plan on using the free bus service to get around. Sunday through Wednesday this summer. Thanks for the tips, that is so helpful I will mark those on our route.
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Sould I fill my water tanks before the trip, (110) gallons, then carry all that additional weight up those hills and the grapevine? Or fill when we get there, Wondering how to prepare for the trip?
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I always run with full water just because you never know when you are going to break down and need the water for a few days.

There is a dump station when you pull in to Upper Pines. You should 'dump and pump' on your way in and encourage the kids to use the park facilities over your own toilet. Nothing worse than unhooking in the middle of your stay to visit the dump station!
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