Staying Cool in Yosemite’s Warm Summer Months

Jun 4, 2024Things to Do, Yosemite National Park

Summer in Yosemite National Park is a magical time, with long sunny days perfect for exploring its natural wonders. However, the warm temperatures can sometimes be a challenge. Don’t let the heat deter you from enjoying your adventure. Here are some tips and ideas to help you stay cool while making the most of your summer visit to Yosemite.

Visit the Mist Trail

One of the best ways to beat the heat is by hiking the Mist Trail. This trail leads to Vernal and Nevada Falls and is known for the refreshing mist that cools you off as you hike. The trail can be strenuous, but the payoff is worth it. Enjoy the cool spray from the falls, and take breaks to soak in the beautiful views.

Relax by the Merced River

The Merced River offers several picturesque spots perfect for unwinding. Swing by Cathedral Beach or Swinging Bridge for some tranquil river views. These areas are perfect for picnicking and relaxing by the riverside. 

Merced River

Explore Tuolumne Meadows

Head to higher elevations like Tuolumne Meadows, where temperatures are typically cooler. This serene area offers stunning alpine scenery, meandering rivers, and peaceful hiking trails. It’s a great escape from the valley’s summer heat and provides plenty of opportunities for scenic strolls and picnics.

Wear Light and Breathable Clothing

Choose clothing made from lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton or moisture-wicking materials. Light-colored clothes reflect the sun’s rays, keeping you cooler. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun!

Stay Hydrated

Yosemite’s summer heat can be intense, so staying hydrated is crucial. Carry a refillable water bottle and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Consider using a hydration pack for hands-free convenience on hikes. You can also find hydration stations throughout the park to refill your bottle. And don’t worry if you forget anything – our on-site convenience store has all the essentials you need, including snacks, water, and sunscreen.

Use Sunscreen

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. Lip balm with SPF is also a good idea to keep your lips protected and hydrated.

On-Site Outdoor Pools & Spas

Surrounded by stunning scenery, our outdoor pools offer a relaxing way to cool down after a day of hiking and exploring in the sun. Enjoy the serene ambiance and let the stresses of the day melt away.

Cedar Lodge Pool

By visiting the park’s cooler spots, dressing smartly, staying hydrated, and taking breaks in our refreshing pools and spas, you can fully enjoy Yosemite’s stunning landscapes without the discomfort of the summer heat. Here’s to staying cool and creating unforgettable memories in Yosemite this summer!