Here are a few ways to escape the crowds and score some peaceful alone time within the park.
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule
We're accustomed to being awake when the sun's up and sleeping when the moon's glowing and the stars are twinkling. Get up before the sun rises for an early morning hike and stay up late after the sun sets. Your sleep is going to be much more sporadic, but you're going to see a new side of Yosemite that most sleep through. And you know you'd rather sleep through the heat of the day and enjoy the cool morning and evening temperatures.
Get Out of the Valley
With Yosemite National Park being in the news so much recently, people are flocking to the valley. Tuolumne Meadows, on the other hand, often gets overlooked. The pristine meadows, lakes, and miles of trails are just begging to be explored. Being at a higher elevation, this area of the park is only open during the summer. Don't let the opportunity slip by you; make sure you visit Tuolumne Meadows.
Hike Harder Trails
Go to the Wilderness Center or Visitor Center, grab a free map, and plan to hike the harder trails. These trails are generally less traveled and show off spectacular views. Make sure you're in good enough physical shape to tackle these long, strenuous hikes. The last thing you want is to be the person that has to get rescued by YOSAR.
An easy way to get away from other tourists is to go deep into the backcountry. That calls for an overnight backpacking trip where you'll get to sleep beneath the stars with the friends who are with you. And the bears in the woods, of course!
Most tourists want to see the sights. You'll find them walking to the waterfalls, through the meadows, and along the trails. One of the few places you're going to find a lot of tourists is climbing on the rocks. Go find some boulders in the forest or tie into the sharp end of the rope. And if you really want to get away from the crowds, get on one of the big walls for a few days, but only if you have the experience.
Have you been to Yosemite National Park during the busy summer months? What other tips would you add to escape the crowds during the summer?