Yosemite Firefall Camping Trip
February 19-23, 2023
Enjoy the Yosemite Firefall with Bayside Adventure Sports!
The Yosemite Firefalls Trip is ON!
At the time of this writing (1/28/23), we have one Upper Pines
Campsite for Sunday and Monday nights, Feb 19-21 then a different campsite then a different campsite for Tuesday and Wednesday Nights, Feb 21-23. Sites can handle about 4 tents and one trailer or RV, with a total of 6-9 people, based on people sharing tent space or the RV.
Registration is first come, first serve. Greg Weisman, BAS Director, will be hosting the trip. Because space at the campsite is limited, we have tent sizes based on the number of people. If you are a single person, bring a 1-2 person tent. If two people sharing, use a 3-4 person tent. If 3 people sharing the tent, a 5-6 person tent. Don’t have a small tent? BAS has some. Ask Greg.
The Firefall can be seen mid to late February but the peak intensity, the ideal day will occur around February 21st . Two factors are mandatory for the Firefall to be seen. First is that there has to be enough water to cause Horsetail Falls to occur. We got that one this year! Second, the sunset must be clear. There must be sunlight not blocked by clouds, fog, smoke, or thick haze. That’s why it is nice to have more than one night down there to watch it. We have four!
We only have space for two cars to be parked at our campsite. We will determine who’s cars get to be parked there based on a number of factors, like if someone is sleeping in their car, if multiple
people came in that car, or if someone comes with a child and would need the vehicle close by. I (Greg) will determine which cars are parked at the site. We also only have one Bear Bin for the whole group. Therefore we will all have to share it, which means small coolers and maybe a bag of dry goods.
Please text me (Greg Weisman) any questions or about how you are hoping to participate. My cell is 916 847-4734.
Those who are registered will get a text from me with the details on the campsites so you can get into them.
Here's a great article about the Firefall: https://www.wedreamoftravel.com/yosemite-firefall/
Another useful link on winter camping: blog.nols.edu/2019/02/08/winter-camping
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BAS Premium Members: $50/person/night suggested donation
A current BAS Membership is required for discounted pricing. This annual fee helps offset our high insurance cost and helps keep most of our events free. For individuals it's only $49/year! Families are $99/year.) For more Information about membership and to join www.baysideadventuresports.com/membership. You also have to option to join on the camping registration form.
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WHAT TO BRING:
Possible Schedule The Schedule for this trip is totally up to each person coming, but we will have a few gatherings planned. Mornings are all about hot coffee and a great breakfast around a campfire. We will have a fire started and continental breakfast of coffee, oatmeal, bagels, cream cheese. At about 8:30am we’ll have a short devotional, pray for the day, and discuss optional plans. Some may choose to eat lunch over at one of the Yosemite restaurants. In the evenings, you can make dinner at your own campsite, come make dinner at the base camp and eat together, or go out for dinner. After dinner we will meet together in the evening in the Fireside Room or Lounge to play some Card or Board Games, talk, and enjoy some hot chocolate or other warm drinks.
Optional Activities or excursions we will consider for during the daytime include:
1. Hiking up the Yosemite Falls Trail to the base of Upper Yosemite Falls. This is a steep uphill climb that will get our hearts pumping. If the weather is freezing or below, there will be a large “snow cone” at the base of the upper falls that is formed from the mist freezing and piling up as it falls from above. With relaxing, snacks, photos, etc. this excursion easily lasts about 4 hours. We’ll bring our lunch on the hike as well.
2. Mirror Lake Walk. We can take the bus over towards Mirror Lake (or ride bicycles if weather is conducive) and walk around the 5 mile loop. See www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/mirrorlaketrail for details. This is very flat trail that, depending again on snow cover, could take us about 3 hours to enjoy.
3. Snowshoeing around the Valley. If we are lucky enough to have lots of snow in the Valley, we recommend bringing snowshoes. The Leader, Greg Weisman, will have several extra pair with him available on a first come, first serve basis. Taking the normal hiking paths around Happy Isles, Bridal Veil Falls, Mirror Lake, the Meadows, etc. becomes a beautiful option that can last from 30 minutes to all day.
4. Biking around the Valley. Cycling around the Valley is always the best way to see it but this is entirely based on weather and road conditions. Proper cold weather riding clothing will be a must!
5. Ski or Snowboard at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly known as Badger Pass). This would, of course, have costs for lift tickets, and rentals if people don’t bring their own equipment.