- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visiting Yosemite National Park, Bass Lake and Madera County in fall is a fantastic time to visit for many reasons but mostly because you avoid the summer crowds, the kids are back to school and it is less expensive than summer with lodging rates reduced after Labor day. Fall weather is the perfect time to indulge in all your outdoor activities such as seeing the leaves on the trees change color, hiking, mountain biking and indulging in local fall events while enjoying cool mornings, sunny days and star-studded nights.
The average temperature for Yosemite National Park should range from around 40°F at night to 72°F in the daytime in mid-autumn. The higher you go, the colder and more temperamental the climate gets so be sure to wear layers. The South Gate entrance neighborhoods of Madera County expect the highs to be in the mid to upper 70s with nightly lows in the 50s. Rain may visit in October, however, the rain makes for perfect hiking and mountain bike riding conditions because the weather will take those dusty trails and pack them down perfectly.
Yosemite is best explored by foot, park the car and hit the many trails that are designed for all abilities from easy to difficult. In the valley hop on a bike to explore miles of paved bike trails.
You can also experience Yosemite by taking a bus or guided tour and for something breathtaking and memorable take a scenic flight and you can see all over Yosemite.
Biking outside Yosemite in Bass Lake is the true mecca of all things mountain biking. Biking allows you to experience the landscapes from an intimate perspective and makes you feel free.