I've never been in the park in early May, although early June was *cold* in the mornings.
However, I would be sleeping in our pick-up camper shell on mattress with down sleeping bags & lots of blankets, rather than tent.
I'm thinking maybe I'll come in the north entrance due to potential pass issues & start at Mammoth. Then head down to Madison campground for Hayden, leaving via east entrance.
Does anyone have any experience this early in shoulder season?
My impetus for going this early is to see more bears, the tiny cubs, wolves, other critters & have no crowds.
One of my questions is how much snow in Lamar or Hayden? I am assuming not enough for skis or snowshoes, but enough to make hiking challenging.
Does anyone remember if the Mammoth campground restrooms have electric outlets (to heat water)?? BearMan had said there were heaters so I am assuming outlets too.
What about the conditions of the pull-outs for wildlife viewing? Unplowed? Clear by then?
It's a tough decision and as I am a substitute teacher, I have to block out time ahead of time (like NOW!)
Hoping some of you will have words of wisdom!