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Short final at Mariposa Yosemite Airport

Best time of the year to go? All seasons, but the park is crowded in the summer.
Flight time in a Super Viking from KAJO? 1.6
Food on the airport? No, I understand there is a place you can walk to but we drove the other way.
Fuel on airport? Yes
Comments about arriving and departing  Locals land and depart uphill when they can.
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10 being best, 5 being average.
9.0 Great flight, nice airport and Yosemite!

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The Yosemite Valley trip.

Landing at Mariposa Yosemite Airport is a pleasure. The surrounding area is beautiful and it's just a fun airport to land it. There is a restaurant 1/4 mile from the airport but we drove off the other way and never saw it. I had rented a car from Enterprise and the FBO had it waiting for me when I arrived. Transit parking is not marked but it's right in front of the terminal. The gentleman at the FBO was very friendly and helpful marking up a map for us.

We arrived early in the morning wanting to make a day of it. After landing we drove to Mariposa for breakfast. The FBO recommended the Red Fox and we were not disappointed.

After breakfast we drove to into Yosemite Valley. I would guess the drive was about 45 minutes from Mariposa to the park gate. I had never visited Yosemite in the fall. Crowds are down and the trees have turned. It's a very different place. We spent the day touring the park then had a early dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel before heading for the airport.

I wanted to be wheels up before dark because I wasn't comfortable with the surrounding terrain after dark. On climb out we were treated with to a wonderful sunset. It was a great trip! Maybe we'll do it again in the spring.

Pictures from the trip !
A Linticular cloud near Mt. Baldy.
A C5 over Edwards AFB
Clouds over Lake Isabella
Clouds over Lake Isabella
The Serra Nevada Range
The Serra Nevada Range
Mariposa Yosemite Airport
Final to Mariposa Yosemite Airport. Taking off downhill looks attractive at first but, there is a lot of obstacles to deal with. Weather permitting I would recommend landing and departing uphill on runway 26.
N4201B on the ramp at Mariposa
The entrance to Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
The Ahwahnee Hotel
We saw this Buck and were taking pictures from 1/8 mile away. As we got closer and closer, finally within 25' of the Buck but he just wasn't concerned about us.
The Buck wasn't concerned until we got to close to his females.
The falls are pretty dry in the fall.
Half Dome
Looking west across the coastal range right after departure.
The flight home
I'm a little off course because I wanted to get out over the valley floor for the flight home.
Home in the hanger at Corona airport.

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