First, thanks to all of you for your help with planning our day on Tioga Road. After a full day of studying this website and several books, here is my plan for our visit to Yosemite the first week of July
Drive from Mammoth Mountain
Hike to Middle Gaylor Lake (2 hours)
Hike Tuolumne Meadows trail (Soda Springs/Parsons Lodge)
Walk to top of Pot Hole Dome and back (30 min)
Stop and Tenaya Lake and walk around/relax
Stop at Olmsted Point
Check in at Ahwahnee
Rent bikes and ride around the valley
Hike to Lower Yosemite Fall (1 hour)
Hike to Mirror Lake and do part/all of the loop
Dinner at Ahwahnee at 6:30
Hike Mist Trail early in the morning to avoid crowds (3 hours)
In the afternoon, make our way to Glacier Road, stopping at
Glacier Point for the sunset
Pack up to leave driving south
Hike Bridalveil Fall (1 hour)
Stop and admire Tunnel View
Park in Wawona
Shuttle to Mariposa Grove, hiking the lower grove (1.5 hours)
Head home to Orange County
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Our goal is to see the best the park has to offer and avoid traffic and crowds. Did I miss anything big?
And just a couple of questions--Is hiking Tuolumne Meadows trail redundant if we walk around Tenaya Lake? That seems to be a long day.
Are the any other sights that we need to make sure to include in our bike ride around the valley? I assume that this is mostly flat, easy, paved trails?
What is the best way to get from the Ahwahnee Hotel to Mist Trail in the morning, and what time should we get there in order to avoid some of the crowds?
Thanks in advance for your help. I just LOVE this site!!