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Gilroy, California
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trip planning based in oakhurst;

coming in from gilroy on 7/26 and dedicating two full days to Yosemite before heading back on weds. if we leave early enough should we get a start on the park by seeing something Sunday afternoon/evening ?anything close enough to justify a few more hours in the car? or just get early start monday? some tips have told to head to deepest parts of park on first day and work back on second, anything we cna skip with limited time to ensure more time for???? we`ll be back so do not want to overload it on first trip over. also appreciate any insights on Oakhurst restaurants currently and touristy things in neighborhood. any and all help appreciated, jn

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1. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

What is your budget for lodging? There is the Chateau Sureau there, it is a 5 star destination Inn. The Elerberry House is very good for dinner in Oakhurst, if you like Mexican food go to El Cid. There is also Ducey's @ the Pines Resort in nearby Bass Lake for a good meal. www.basslake.com

I hope you enjoy your time in the mountains, if you like to gamble, the Chukchansi Gold Casino is in nearby Coarsegold, they have 7 different restaurants there, the rooms are nice too if you want to stay there! :)

Gilroy, California
posts: 108
reviews: 8
2. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

thanks for the quick reply - traveling with 2 12yos so we got a 2 room suite at the bestwest, plan on loading a cooler everyday with the gatorade and snackers too, not too low budget - but want to have more time for the park, like your idea of an evening out, is casino local?

Arroyo Grande...
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reviews: 3
3. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Muir Woods is only about an hour from Oakhusrt, and a chance to see some of biggest redwoods in Yosemite. It's a trip you would most likely not take while doing the regular Yosemite site seeing. The only problem is you may have to pay twice for entering the park. I'm not sure how the pricing is in Yosemite these days.

SyrahGirls dinner suggestions were great.

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4. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Coarsegold is about a 15 minute drive from Oakhurst, not bad. We like the Vintage Steakhouse at Chukchansi, I heard they have a gorgeous new pool and spa there, my daugther goes there frequently with her grandparents who are weekly regulars at Chukchansi, they love it there!

Let me know if you any further questions about the are, forgot to mention that the Pines Resort in nearby Bass Lake also has a casual Bar & Grill, they have great sandwiches there, I love the Bass Lake Queen! :)

Washington State
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for Yosemite National Park
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5. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Hi johnn ~ a few tips...

One time $20 entrance fee will be good for seven days. If you are planning to visit lots of National Parks, monuments, BLM land, or National Forest land, the America the Beautiful pass works everywhere. It even works as a Northwest Forest parking pass at trailheads around here. $80 for 12 months.

I think a previous member was thinking about the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, rather than Muir Woods and redwoods. It's about 20 - 30 minutes from Oakhurst to the South Entrance of the Park. You can park there, and take the free shuttle 2 miles into the Grove. From there, walk 3/4 mile to the Grizzly Giant or take the $$$ tram tour.

Back at your car, drive about 15 minutes to Wawona. Pioneer History Center (old cabins, historical folks, stagecoach ride). Swim in the river (let me know & I'll give you directions to a fabulous spot.)

Back at the car, drive another 15 minutes to Chinquapin Station; nothing much here anymore but the turn off to Glacier Point.

About 30 minutes to GP. Great sunset or sunrise views. Excellent 2.2 mile round trip "hike" to Sentinel Dome. Views, views, views.

Back at Chinquapin Station, head down to the Valley, another 30 minutes.

Here is a nice summary of the basic areas with a map at the bottom: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Fresno, CA
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6. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Another good restaurant with kids is Narrow Gauge Inn near Fishcamp. Checked with Burl the stagecoach driver in Wawona last weekend to see if it was still good. He said Yup. You could stop on your way back from the park before reaching Oakhurst.

I would skip Erna's with kids. Unless you have a secret swiss bank account! El Cid as mentioned is good. Mountain House at the Bass Lake turnoff (again on the way back from Yosemite) has good diner style food.

Racine, Wisconsin
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reviews: 56
7. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

I would recommend relaxing around Oakhurst/Bass Lake area after a long car ride, as you would just get into Yosemite in the evening, see a few things, then drive out (more driving), then turn around and do it again the next 2 days. You won't tire of Yosemite as there is so much beauty to see, but you may tire of the ride into and out of it. The mountains and lakes around the Oakhurst/Bass Lake Area are beautiful, too, especially if you will be returning to Yosemite in the future.

I second the idea of dinner on the deck of the Ducey's Bar. Some of the film, "The Great Outdoors" with John Candy was filmed at Duceys and Bass Lake. (The kids may want to see before going) There are some pictures on the wall there.

You can swim, boat, hike around Bass Lake. There is a store in Oakhurst that sells discounted hiking boots, if that interests you.

Here are some more ideas:


Backpacking and Horseback Riding

Enjoy venturing into the Sierra National Forest and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas. Website: www.YosemiteTrails.com

Bass Lake

Visit beautiful Bass Lake for fishing, water and snow skiing, or wildflower gathering, a camper’s paradise. Take a one hour guided tour on the Bass Lake Queen II steam wheeler.


Plan a visit to Coarsegold, on the South Fork Highway, a tiny thriving cattle town with some shops and things to see.

Fresno Flats Historical Park

Located in Oakhurst. Visit the historic buildings, jailhouse and the 1868 log house. Open Sunday afternoons.

Golden Chain Theatre

Located in Oakhurst. Attend plays, dance recitals and other year ‘round entertainment. Call (559) 683-7112 for ticket information.

Pan for Gold in Ahwahnee

Located west of Oakhurst along the Golden Chain Highway (Highway 49). Home of the California State Gold Panning Championships held annually in mid June.

Sierra Mono Museum

Tour the museum, operated entirely by Native Americans and dedicated to the preservation of Indian culture. Located in North Fork, the geographical heart of California.

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Fish Camp

56001 Highway 41, (559) 683-7273.

Whatever you do, enjoy your visit to a beautiful area!

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8. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Someone ought to correct Winedy's post about what to see near Oakhurst.

Muir Woods is across the Bay Bridge north of San Francisco. The Mariposa Grove inside Yosemite National Park is probably what was meant. Coast Redwoods and Giant sequoias are different trees as well so you won't be seeing the trees that grow in Muir Woods inside Yosemite.

Dining with 12 year olds: Along 49 is katie's country kitchen which we thought was a great place for one of those hearty breakfasts you need before a long day of hiking, etc. We ate there when we stayed at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. Everyone If they like pizza

Washington State
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9. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Hi Suzie ~ I did make a detailed correction, but I don't think it would be appropriate to "report as inappropriate."

Hopefully the Original Poster will come back and see all this great detailed info!

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10. Re: trip planning based in oakhurst;

Sorry PNW, yes I see you did that now. I guess I was only reading the beginnning of each post looking for someone to correct it. On top of that the mention of paying twice to get into the park. Wow there is some really bad information in that one post. Hope that other members who see that continue to read other posts to get the correct information.