Many blog readers do not live within driving distance from the park and must fly into the area to do their Half Dome hike. If that is you, here are a few suggestions. Internationally, your best bet is San Francisco Airport, or SFO as the FAA and locals call it.
Most European and Asian airlines fly direct into SFO. From there you face a 4-hour drive to Yosemite. If possible, avoid our massive traffic rush “hour” from about 2-7 pm.
The other 2 major airports in the Bay Area are San Jose and Oakland. You may be able to secure cheaper fares at one of these two. They are smaller airports but may not be able to handle the jumbo jets.
Regionally, flights into Reno-LakeTahoe are a good choice. You’ll be arriving from the east, so make sure the Tioga Pass road will be plowed. Some years this is not accomplished until mid-June. This year it was open really early due to our low snowpack.
Fresno is also a good choice. You have a 2.5 hour drive into the South Entrance (Wawona – Highway 41) Flying into Merced, another very small airport, puts you only 2 hours away from the Arch Rock Entrance (Highway 141). Here you can save rental car fees by linking up with the popular YARTS bus system into the park.
Let me know when you are coming; maybe we can link up for lunch!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise, playin’ in the street – gonna be a big man some day. You got mud on your face, you big disgrace. Kickin’ your can all over the place. We will, we will rock you!” – Queen
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com