No matter what the weather, or time of day, I doubt you’ll ever be able to drive past Tunnel View without seeing at least a half-dozen tripods. This is one of the most photographed spots in Yosemite, and with good reason. At Tunnel View, the entire valley opens up in front of you. There’s a great view of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Fall.
Early on Day 5, I was heading to Badger Pass to ski, when I stopped at Tunnel View (located on California Rte. 41, the southern exit to Yosemite National Park). A fellow photographer (who had already set up his tripod) told me the valley had been socked in with fog since he arrived, more than a half hour earlier. But I had arrived at the perfect time — that magical moment when the misty clouds started to drift away, revealing an absolutely incredible scene.
Just a few minutes earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to see Half Dome.
Best of all, everything — including the trees below Bridalveil Fall — was frosted by that morning’s fresh snowfall. I think this is all the proof you need, that there isn’t a wrong season to visit Yosemite.
[tmt_info =””]The following day, I took Route 41 as I was leaving Yosemite National Park, and I made another stop at Tunnel View — although this time, the clouds were gone and much of the snow had melted. You can see what Tunnel View looks like on a sunny day here.[/tmt_info]