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Mountain Biking Willow Creek Trail 2016 - Bass Lake. CA. Photo by Kim Lawson.

Going Green Is The New Black Friday

Yosemite in Fall - Kim Lawson - Visit Yosemite Madera County

Yosemite in fall.

OAKHURST — “Green is the new black,” says Visit Yosemite Madera County, with the goal of “Green Friday” being to get more people outside and moving this week.

As families begin to prepare their Thanksgiving meals, and others are developing their holiday shopping list for the sales of Black Friday, Visit Yosemite Madera County is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors this Friday, Nov. 25.

Click on images to enlarge. Photographs by Kim Lawson, Visit Yosemite Madera County

Fall weather is the perfect time to indulge in all your outdoor activities, such as seeing the leaves on the trees change color, hiking, and mountain biking, and going out on the lake, while enjoying cool mornings, sunny days and star-studded nights.

What better way to burn off Thanksgiving calories than to go for a hike or bike ride out in Mother Nature? And you never know what wildlife you will encounter.

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Take a hike at Nelder Grove.

Hiking Trails  in Yosemite

Autumn and into winter is a delightful time in Yosemite National Park, because you have the park almost entirely to yourself. Nature has carved out a special spot, a magical place where you can lose yourself in the beauty around you. From expansive meadows to dramatic rock formations blanketed in snow, to beautiful, cascading waterfalls, Yosemite delights the senses and refreshes the spirit.  An abundance of hiking trails are available and possible to do in a day at Yosemite. Follow this link for some really great suggested day hikes.

Outside of Yosemite, Bass Lake is a Mecca for all things mountain biking, along with boating. Biking allows you to experience the landscapes from an intimate perspective and lets you feel free.

Biking Trails Bass Lake

Intermediate Trails:

Goat Mountain | Forks Trail – 8 miles round trip. Note: Bike to top of Goat Mountain to the Fire Lookout tower. Watch for poison oak.

Goat Mountain | Spring Cove – 8 miles round trip. Note: Bike from Spring Cove campground to Fire Lookout tower. Watch for poison oak.

Advanced Trails:

Bass Lake – Central Camp Road |Trail 007 – from 3 miles to as long as 20 miles. Note: Best done on a long travel full-suspension bike.

Willow Creek Trail – from 3 miles to as long as 20 miles. Note: This is a double-black-diamond ride best don on a full-suspension bike with at least 5 inches of travel.

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Beautiful Bass Lake

Biking Trails Inside Yosemite

Wawona | Swinging Bridge – 4 miles round trip. Note: From the Wawona store, ride out 2 miles on paved Forest Drive to the entrance to the Swinging Bridge area. Park your bike at the entrance and walk the .75 mile round trip to the bridge (and swimming hole).

Wawona | Meadow Loop – 3.5 mile loop. Note: Ride a lovely, forested flat meadow.

Yosemite Valley | See current Yosemite Guide newspaper for areas where bikes are permitted. Note: Bikes are not permitted on dirt or trails leading out of the valley …

Wawona | Swinging Bridge – 4 miles round trip. Note: From the Wawona store, ride out 2 miles on paved Forest Drive to the entrance to the Swinging Bridge area. Park your bike at the entrance and walk the .75 mile round trip to the bridge (and swimming hole).

Wawona | Meadow Loop – 3.5 mile loop. Note: Ride a lovely, forested flat meadow.

Yosemite Valley | See current Yosemite Guide newspaper for areas where bikes are permitted. Note: Bikes are not permitted on dirt or trails leading out of the valley floor.

Therese Williams is Director of Public Relations for Visit Yosemite Madera County

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Green Friday encourages people to get outside.

About Visit Yosemite Madera County

The Southern Yosemite Visitors Bureau was formed in 1985. It has been operating at The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau for 30 years.  The Bureau was established by a group from the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce with a vision of the growing potential for drawing the millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park to the many businesses and attractions in Madera County.  Recently the visitor’s bureau changed its name to Visit Yosemite | Madera County to more accurately reflect its mission to promote all there is to see and do in Yosemite and Madera County.

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Yosemite in Fall - Kim Lawson - Visit Yosemite Madera County

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