2020 FIRE FALLS | YOSEMITE IN WINTER
LOCATION Yosemite NP
ACTIVITY LEVEL Easy / Moderate
DURATION 3 Nights
ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP
We will have 3 attempts to capture the fire falls display. A few things need to happen in order to see the "Fire Fall in full force. First, there needs to be a cloudless sky to the west, where the Sun can directly shine in the valley and illuminate the falls. Second, you need water flowing over the falls which does not always happen. In 2016, we captured the best display in the last 10 year and the first time enough water was present in the last 6 years. All of this needs to align during a small gap in month of February when the Sun sets in the right spot. In addition to the fire fall photo sessions, we will also capture the milky way and several other night sky photo scenes. We will also visit many other iconic locations in Yosemite Valley like El Capitan, Half Dome, Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and some other hidden locations of my own. We will also be able to capture some waterfalls with rainbows as well.
It's Winter, so expect anything. As always, we can not predict the weather, but we can keep our fingers and toes crossed until we get there! Tire Chains are required to be with you in your car during the winter. You can pick up Tire Chains at Walmart or any other surrounding gas stations near Yosemite. You may be turned away at a checkpoint if you do hot have them in your car. Some restrictions require chains on / in the car. I don't expect this to be an issue, but it is good to know and also required to have with you when traveling on certain roads... even if no restrictions are in place. Since it does snow here in February. It is recommended to rent a SUV for this trip. Transportation is not included.
We may have to walk to areas to photograph the firefalls if parking is limited, and/or weather being an issue. We will try to car pool to our spots. If parking is filled up, we may be required to take a 30 minute walk down the road to get to some locations to view the firefalls, bring proper foot-ware for wintertime. (Snow in NOT always present in Yosemite Valley)
FIRE FALL AND TREE | YOSEMITE
Temperatures in Yosemite will change with elevation. Highs could be in the 20 or 40's. low's could be 5f to 30f. In 2016, it snowed at night and daytime temps hit the 50 and 60s. I will monitor the forecast before departure and keep you informed. You can also check the weather outlooks for Yosemite and road conditions on your won as we get within the 10 day point from departure. Arrive a day early incase of poor weather delays.
Tire Chains must be in your car at all times in and around the park. Road Restrictions may be in place on some roads. You can find a lot of information on the Yosemite Nat'l Park Website links that I have here for you.
Plan on purchasing tire chains at a Walmart along your route. Most gas stations or garages will carry chains, especially surrounding the park. When I drive back to San Fran. I will return them at Walmart (unused), and be on my way. I do not foresee us needing to use them, but rangers have been known to sometimes have checkpoints going into the park and could turn drivers away if they don't at least have them in their car. Review the links about for chains and control information and please respect the parks rules. I will call to check on road conditions and review the forecast for Yosemite 5 days before departure to see if they have any issues.
Highway 140 into the park is lower in elevation than Highway 120, so it will have the best chance that road restrictions will not be in place. The other option is a higher elevation road call Highway 120 which peaks around 6,000ft in elevation compared to around 4,000ft on Highway 140
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or Yosemite View Lodge (View Lodge furthest away from the valley). Lodging is not included in this workshop. It is best to be able to stay in the valley because of early rise times and possible late nights. It's always best to be close to the action.
UPPER YOSEMITE FALLS AT NIGHT
FIRE FALL AND TREE (Vert.) | YOSEMITE
WINTER CLOTHING AND OUTDOOR GEAR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / DISCLAIMER
Jeff Berkes Photography reserves the right to make changes to the schedule, dates if need be. We are not responsible for bad weather, delays or cancellations. We are also not responsible for lost or stolen items, injuries, sickness, death or damages to personal equipment and lost of personal travel expense. Failure to comply to park rules, regulations and will result in you being ejected from the workshop. By making your investment in this workshop, you agree to this disclaimer.
This workshop does not include travel to, from and during the workshop, meals or overnight accommodations.
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