May 25, 2013

Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park

Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park

Vernal Falls Mist
Vernal Falls from Mist Trail
Vernal Falls in Yosemite National Park reigns majestic as a mighty awe of God's handiwork. Approaching the falls via the Mist Trail the sound booms deafening. Approaching the falls the mist rains steady and the sight demands pause. Prepare to get wet and walk steady as the trail travails into the mist.                

Location: eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park
Distance: 3 miles round-trip

Difficulty: moderate to difficult
Elevation Change: 1,000 feet
Time of Year Best: May
Recommended MapYosemite SW - Yosemite Valley & Wawona - Trails Illustrated Map # 306

May 19, 2013

Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Mirror Lake was mostly easy.  Round trip it was a flat 2.5 miles from the bus stop. We walked the paved road to a bridge that crossed the Tenaya Creek. Instead of crossing the bridge and following the road like we were supposed to, we followed a well worn dirt trail that skirted along the creek opposite side of the paved road until Mirror Lake. This trail ran between the creek on one side and the cliffs of Half Dome on the other. The scenery and the broken rocks through here were surreal. Once we arrived at a meadow we realized we had reached Mirror Lake, but we failed to find a way across Tenaya Creek and were content to walk back the way we came. The weather was overcast, but Mirror Lake lived up to its name. Thunder and rain accompanied our hike.

May 13, 2013

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite Valley

Lower Yosemite Falls

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite

Half Dome from near the Yosemite Falls

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls

Base of Lower Yosemite Falls 2

Yosemite Falls Trail

Upper Yosemite Falls from meadow

May 12, 2013

Yosemite National Park: Mariposa Grove

Grizzly Giant
Mariposa Grove is just inside the Yosemite National Park South Gate entrance. In Mariposa Grove there are several different hikes to enjoy.  See hiking map here.  We hiked 1.6 miles round trip to the Grizzly Giant.  The walk was easy, paved, and had several small climbs on a rolling footpath.  There were a lot of other people.  The crowds begin swelling in late April and continue to grow larger into July and August.  In June thru August you may have problems parking and encounter long waits to get into the park.

This is a very relaxing and enjoyable hike.  It is also a very good hike for kids as there is no waterfall or cliffs for them to fall off.  If you are visiting Yosemite from the south, Mariposa Grove is a nice introductory leg stretcher.  Enjoy the pictures.  Linked here is a nice Redwoods educational book: Redwoods: The World's Largest Trees .