Yosemite National Park, California - Pictures
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Little Yosemite Valley - 
    A view of Nevada falls and Little Yosemite valley above, from the John Muir trail, Yosemite.
  Little Yosemite Valley - A view of Nevada falls and Little Yosemite valley above, from the John Muir trail, Yosemite.
This picture was taken in July. John Muir trail is closed during winter because snow and ice covers the upper part of the trail. Early in summer, the trail is opened and the view is awesome. A suggested hike is to hike up along the mist trail, visit Vernal falls, proceed to the top of Nevada falls and then continue to John Muir trail to make a loop.
Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park - 
  Nevada falls from John Muir trail, Yosemite
  Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park - Nevada falls from John Muir trail, Yosemite
Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park - 
   View of Vernal falls from the Mist trail, Yosemite
  Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park - View of Vernal falls from the Mist trail, Yosemite
Mist trail offers one of the most beautiful hike in Yosemite. It is extremely crowded. You get to see the Vernal Falls up close, and be soaked with cold mist. The trail opens late in spring and is quite strenuous beyond the first footbridge (1 mile from the trailhead). The trail is also slippery and is almost flooded with water. Continue up along the trail to the top of Vernal Falls and beyond. You will see the beautiful Emerald Pool and the Silver Apron.

Early summer, there is a plenty of water on Merced river. Emerald Pool and Silver Apron are not beautiful but there will remain an astonishment over the water's speed along a smooth slope. In mid-summer, you get to see some "waterwheels" as the water hits some rocks along the smooth slope. Water hits a pool slower and it becomes clear why it is named so.

Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park - 
    View from Mist trail, Yosemite
  Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park - View from Mist trail, Yosemite
Trees in Yosemite Valley during Winter - 
    Snow and trees in Yosemite valley (February 1998)
  Trees in Yosemite Valley during Winter - Snow and trees in Yosemite valley (February 1998)
Park visitation is very low during February. I saw just a few dozen people even on the most popular trails. Mirror lake was frozen solid.
Ribbon falls in Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
Ribbon falls (only in early summer)
Ribbon falls in Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - Ribbon falls (only in early summer)
Most of the waterfalls in the valley dry up late in the summer. Bridalveil falls runs year-round, but the water becomes almost a trickle. The Yosemite falls dries out almost completely. One labor day weekend, I walked up almost to the mouth the waterfalls. The rock was extremely slippery and the stream falling over was only a foott wide. The vernal and nevada falls always have water, but the quantity is drastically low. It is still extremely beautiful in the valley, but it is really remarkable in early summer.
Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
One of the most popular waterfalls in Yosemite
Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - One of the most popular waterfalls in Yosemite
The parking lot is very small. It is a easy walk up to the waterfalls. A week after I visited Yosemite in May, the 10-year flood returned to Yosemite and this waterfalls was overflowing its banks at the bottom. I visited the park again a week later. Everyone was completely soaked near the waterfalls.
El Capitan, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
Look for rock climbers on this wall
El Capitan, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - Look for rock climbers on this wall
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
Upper yosemite falls visible from the valley roads
Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - Upper yosemite falls visible from the valley roads
If you are visiting the valley, the best way to visit this area is to go all the way to the day-use parking lot and take a shuttle. A lot of visitors are tempted to pull over as soon as they see something scenic. From the day-use parking lot, take the shuttle go to the Yosemite Falls stop. After visiting the Yosemite falls up, close and personal, come back to the bus-stop and cross the road. A very short trail will take you from the north-road to the south-road through the meadow. After a wooden bridge across the merced river and a boardwalk through the meadow, you will be at the south-road. You can continue walking all the way to bridalveil falls.

Walking on the meadows destroys them. Always use the trail or boardwalk and pay attention to the signboards that that ask visitors to keep away from areas of revegetation.

You can do a strenuous dayhike all the way to the top of Upper Yosemite falls from the 'backpacker's walk-in campground'. After another mile, you will reach Yosemite Point. Vistas of the valley are beautiful from various points on the trail and from Yosemite Point. Yosemite Point is located across the valley from Glacier Point at about the same elevation.

Illiloutte Falls from Mist trail (May 2005) - 
View of Illiloutte Falls and Cascade from Mist trail
Illiloutte Falls from Mist trail (May 2005) - View of Illiloutte Falls and Cascade from Mist trail
Illiloutte falls is a very beautiful falls that most people do not visit. It is visible from the mist trail after about half-a-mile from the trailhead.

A great hike would be to take a bus from Yosemite lodge to Glacier Point. You will pay for a tour, but you have to tell the driver that you will not be using the bus for your return trip.

Once you reach Glacier Point, replenish your water supply, food and snacks and hike down the Panorama trail. It is a 8-mile walk to the valley. This is arguably the most beautiful trail in the entire valley.

Once the trail leaves Glacier Point, it is downhill all the way to Illiloutte Falls. There is a bridge that crosses the canyon and you get to see some beautiful cascades in early and middle summer. After crossing the canyon, the trail goes uphill for a while and goes downhill all the way to the top of Nevada falls. It meets up with John Muir trail just before reaching Nevada falls. Thereafter, take the Mist trail down to the valley (via vernal falls).

Vernal Falls from the bridge (May 2005) - 
Nice views of the cascades on Merced river
Vernal Falls from the bridge (May 2005) - Nice views of the cascades on Merced river
After a mile on Mist trail, there is a footbridge, where most people make a mistake by stopping and returning. The trail offers beautiful views of the cascades on the Merced river.
Vernal Falls (May 2005) - 
Need a poncho in early and middle summer
Vernal Falls (May 2005) - Need a poncho in early and middle summer
In just quarter-mile, you get very close to the Vernal Falls. Most people bring ponchos to cover themselves from cold mist. You will need a waterproof cover for your camera and other belongings.
Nevada Falls (May 2005) - 
View of Nevada falls from Mist trail (after passing the Vernal falls)
Nevada Falls (May 2005) - View of Nevada falls from Mist trail (after passing the Vernal falls)
A few
Nevada Falls and other streams (May 2005) - 
A few streams falling down beside Nevada falls early summer
Nevada Falls and other streams (May 2005) - A few streams falling down beside Nevada falls early summer
The snowmelt on John Muir trail and above creates these streams and little waterfalls on the same rockface.
Merced River upstream of Nevada falls (May 2005) - 
Nice quite spot for rest and snacks on your way to Little Yosemite
Merced River upstream of Nevada falls (May 2005) - Nice quite spot for rest and snacks on your way to Little Yosemite
This is a very quiet spot on your way to Little Yosemite campground or the half-dome trail.
Merced River upstream of Nevada falls (May 2005) - 
After about half-mile towards Little Yosemite
Merced River upstream of Nevada falls (May 2005) - After about half-mile towards Little Yosemite
View of Half Dome from Little Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
View of half-dome from behind it
View of Half Dome from Little Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - View of half-dome from behind it
At the top of Nevada Falls (May 2005) - 
View of Glacier Point, Grizzly Peak from the top of Nevada Falls
At the top of Nevada Falls (May 2005) - View of Glacier Point, Grizzly Peak from the top of Nevada Falls
A snowmelt stream on John Muir Trail (May 2005) - 
One of the streams along the John Muir trail
A snowmelt stream on John Muir Trail (May 2005) - One of the streams along the John Muir trail
These streams create little waterfalls beside Nevada falls
Nevada falls from John Muir trail (May 2005) - 
Nevada falls and other little waterfalls on the same face
Nevada falls from John Muir trail (May 2005) - Nevada falls and other little waterfalls on the same face
If you go up to the top of Nevada falls on Mist trail, take the John Muir trail down. You get great views of the Nevada falls and you can return to the top of Vernal falls if you wish.
Half Dome View from John Muir Trail - 
View of Half Dome and Sentinel Dome from John Muir trail
Half Dome View from John Muir Trail - View of Half Dome and Sentinel Dome from John Muir trail
Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - 
View of the Royal Arches from the valley road
Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley (May 2005) - View of the Royal Arches from the valley road
Half-Dome View from Ahwanee Meadow (May 2005) - 
View from the meadow between Yosemite village and Ahwanee Hote.
Half-Dome View from Ahwanee Meadow (May 2005) - View from the meadow between Yosemite village and Ahwanee Hote.
Royal Arches Cascade (May 2005) - 
Early spring view of Royal Arches Cascade from Ahwanee Meadow
Royal Arches Cascade (May 2005) - Early spring view of Royal Arches Cascade from Ahwanee Meadow
Yosemite falls and Residential Areas (May 2005) - 
Must be the most beautiful backyard on the planet
Yosemite falls and Residential Areas (May 2005) - Must be the most beautiful backyard on the planet
The residential area for the park staff is located near the Yosemite village. Their backyard is definitely the most beautiful on the planet.


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