Entering Yosemite NP from the east requires climbing from Mono Lake (6,400 ft.) to Tioga Pass 9,945 ft summit in
just 12 miles. Six miles of that was at a 8% grade. Because we were going to dry camp at Yosemite we were
carrying 90 gallons (720 pounds)of fresh water. That really made the motor home work!
Coming in from the east was a very scenic drive. In the National Park, the road is a narrow 2 lane road which winds up and down through the mountains without guard rails or shoulders almost all the way to the western entrance. Then the road doubles back and into Yosemite Valley. The valley floor is 4,014 ft above sea level.
As soon as we entered Yosemite Valley we realized that we were in the most visited NP in the US. It was wall to wall people in busses, trams, cars, on bikes, or on foot. All of the campgrounds were filled to maximum capacity every day.
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