Yosemite Winter Snow Photos
While bad weather might deter some people from visiting the park, seeing a fresh blanket Yosemite winter snow is something that makes it all worth while.
For the best snow photography, I always try to arrive during or just after a cold winter storm. I specify “cold” because the valley often has warm winter storms which provide plenty of rain, but no snow in the valley.
Of course, to get there, you must carry chains with you, and though it’s a small risk, you may experience road closures. The photo above was taken on highway 120 just as a snowstorm cleared. The one of tire tracks in snow below was taken on Evergreen Road during snowfall.
Snow Covered Valley – Tunnel View
As mentioned before, generally you’ll have to get here quick if you want to see this much snow on landmarks such as Half Dome. Unfortunately it doesn’t last. I’m still waiting for the perfect shot of the valley floor dusted in snow. These photos were taken at Tunnel View in December. Of course, Glacier Point Rd. was already closed by then.
Pohono Bridge – Winter Long Exposures
Surely, one of the most scenic photography spots in winter is Pohono Bridge. As mentioned on my “Yosemite Seasons” page, winter is great because there aren’t too many tourists crowding up the park.
Yosemite Winter Snow – Tuolumne River
Without a doubt, the South Fork of the Tuolumne River near the 120 park entrance is a great place to shoot in the snow. These scenes were captured as I hiked to beautiful Carlon Falls.
Although getting here in these conditions is a bit adventurous, the small waterfalls and pools along the way make the journey worthwhile. The elevation here is 5000+ feet, so there tends to be a blanket of snow hanging around longer.
By contrast, Yosemite Valley is at about 4,000 feet…and that’s enough to make a difference in winter.
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– Nathan Allen
I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.