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September 30, 2011 4:08 PM Subscribe
Yosemite trip with my parents: what not-ridiculously-hard hikes are best for my parents, who are in their late 50s? We're going this weekend (early October.)
posted by soleiluna to travel & transportation around Yosemite National Park, CA (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm visiting Yosemite this Sunday/Monday/Tuesday with my folks, who are visiting from the midwest. Past Yosemite trips and various hiking trips I've planned have all been with my friends of similar age and/or fitness level, and I need some advice in choosing hikes that are appropriate for me and my parents. I'm a bit notorious for taking friends on hikes that are manageable, but just a little bit more challenging than they want, and I really don't want to do that to my parents! What hikes should we do?
My parents are both in their late 50s. They aren't out of shape, but they aren't out running marathons or doing back country hikes. My dad referees kids' hockey for fun/to stay in shape, and my mom goes to the Y somewhat regularly and uses the elliptical machines and such.
Hiking (or spending time in forests) is not something they do regularly, though mom likes walking. They are not expecting to just drive from photo op to photo op. Both of them went hiking a bit on a recent trip to Maine, so the only point of reference I have for their fitness level is that they enjoyed a 3 mile coastal hike.
Yosemite trip details: we're leaving early this Sunday (Oct 2). and we've got a half day in Yosemite on Sunday, full day on Monday, and a half day on Tuesday. We're staying in a hotel near the south entrance (41/Fish Camp), and neither of my parents have been to Yosemite before. No interest whatsoever in camping.
So aside from the driving-to-scenic-viewpoints angle of things, what not-overly-challenging hikes would be good for us to do together?
(Side question - I have not been to Tuolumne Meadows. Is it worth it at this time of year, and with the limited time my parents have on this trip?)