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The first snow of the season in Yosemite can sometimes arrive while fall colors are still on display.
Such was the case this first weekend of November, 2020, as seen above in a view from Leidig Meadow. The snow beautifully highlights the textures of the granite peaks surrounding Yosemite Valley, while the afternoon sun illuminates the changing leaves on the trees.
The number of visitors to the Valley significantly diminishes in the fall from the normally crowded summer months, yet this is a time when most trails are still open. Some of them will close as snows get heavier.
Visitors should be prepared by carrying chains for your car, and be sure to have warm clothing, good shoes /boots to walk in, and sufficient supplies of food and water. Weather can change quickly here in the winter, and assistance is often not available quickly.
Be sure to check current road conditions before heading for the park. Glacier Point and Tioga Roads are usually closed from November through May, and most others will require the use of chains when snow is present.
Current conditions can be found at Yosemite Road & Trail Conditions.
©2020 Photography by Scott Highton
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