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    Cathedral Lakes Trail

    by Andraf Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    Cathedral Lake, Yosemite

    A moderate hike of approximately 7 miles round trip, the Cathedral Lakes trail is one of the most popular of Yosemite's high country destinations. The trail begins in Tuolumne Meadows, along Tioga Road. It starts out climbing, then it levels off. This hike is very beautiful, most of it going though the green forest and at times crossing small meadows and streams. We got to see a family of marmots (we were to see many of them while hiking Mount Hoffman the next day). The Lower Cathedral Lake is located at an elevation of 9288 feet while the Upper Lake is found at about half mile past the Lower Lake at an elevation of 9585 feet. Pack a lunch and something refreshing to drink and once you get there pick one of the two pretty lakes and enjoy basking in the sun and looking at John Muir's favourite mountain, Cathedral Peak.

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    Nevada Falls day-hike & how to loose the tourists

    by Orbital_ Written Mar 26, 2004

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    Nevada Falls from the John Muir Trail

    Fit? Keen walker? Want to taste some of Yosemite’s more demanding hiking? Fed up of tripping over chubby, loud sweaty tourists? Short on time? Then I definitely recommend doing the Nevada Falls day-hike out from the Happy Isles campground in Yosemite Valley. Granted for the first half of the hike up to Vernal Falls you will be tripping over said loud-tourists, but observe how after resting at Vernal and continuing up on to Nevada how you loose about 95% of the hoards! You’re left on the trail with the keen hikers, people who seem genuinely happy to be here and drinking all of the place in rather than just getting their photographs and heading back down to the home comforts. When you’ve made it to Vernal, a great option is to head back down via a part of the famous John Muir Trail. It’s about a five-hour, 6.5-mile (10.5km) hike, and you’ll definitely be able to gauge your fitness on the final punishing switchbacks up to Nevada. Allow more than the five-hours, because believe you me you will want to hang around and experience some truly staggering views.

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    Young Lakes has some solitude other trails don't

    by atufft Written Aug 12, 2005

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    climbing past the middle Young Lake

    Cathedral Peak, Waterwheel Falls, etc. These are great places to be for sure, but unfortunately even in the back country, crowds of tourist congregate. Take the trail head toward Dog Lake, and continue on up to the Young Lakes for a diversion. This is a vigorous hike, so keep a light load and start early. However, if you can skip the first two lakes, you'll find at the highest altitude the third Young Lake. Surrounded by granite peaks and glaciers, the water is ice cold and tourqouise in color. Wildlife can be found here.

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    Wildlife watching

    by jessicadf Written Sep 1, 2004

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    Can you see the frog?

    There are so many beautiful areas to walk and hike in Yosemite. Stop at a meadow and walk along the trails within and around it. Doubtless, if you calm your mind and let go the pressures of civilization, you'll open your eyes to the wildlife.

    And hopefull you'll see the snakes before they see you.

    ;-)

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    Walking through the valley

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    Yosemite valley

    In addition to scores of douglas firs and granite walls, Yosemite Valley also has large flat meadows such as this one. Although you cannot walk through them because it will damage the area, trails lead alongside the meadows and take you even closer to the mountains and the occasional small bodies of water that have not completely dried up during the semi arid summer months.

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    Glacier Point

    by DPando Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    3214 feet up to the valley floor this is the place where everybody arrive by car... there's a parking lot to park your car after taking the road from the Valley to Wawona and taking a fork to the left.. (all is signed on the road).. but there's no much to see upthere... the best point is be proud of yourself hiking from the valley to the "top" because glacier is not the top.. i'll let u know... well after 4 hard miles you are in the middle of the crowd.. so sweat, thirsty and tired among all people well dressed and trim looking at the ravines, half dome, dry waterfalls or the main valley !!

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    Climbing ... for a week!

    by Pavlik_NL Written Feb 25, 2003

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    El Capitan with some alpinists

    El Capitan, an ultimate challenge for world's best climbers. This rock goes up vertically for an amazing distance. Average alpinists take appr. a week to climb to the top and sleep vertically, hanging in their sleepingbacks. From the valley, looking up, we could vagely destinguish several mountaineers as flies on a huge wall. Our guide made jokes about seeing the colour of their backpacks, jackets, trousers, helmet and ... the fact that they were wearing certain brands watches (good eyes?).

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    Solitude en route to Mirror Lake

    by Ischyros Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The hike to Mirror Lake can be very crowded during the day if you take the route suggested by most tour books and rangers. I prefer a small trail that starts across the parking lot from the Ahwahnee! There is a sign that points one way to Yosemite Village and the other to Mirror Lake. This trail winds its way through boulders that have fallen from the cliffs above and also takes you close to the Royal Arches cascade through which you will have to walk across in the spring so wear waterproof shoes.

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    Sentinel Dome

    by DPando Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    Once you are in Glacier Point there are several hikes more to do.. some a easier ones or other that required a overnight. Sentinel Dome is achievable easily.. 2.2 miles hiking up there is this flatter rock plain higher to Glacier Point and offers a great view of all valley... now looking back i regret to myself not to go to Taft Point an amazing cliff over the valley absolutelly exposed to ravine.

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    Four mile trail

    by DPando Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    first steps

    This is one of the best trails I've ever done for its cliffs, landscapes and the
    closest valley and half dome view hiking up. This trail starts in the valley
    towards main campgrounds to the right just after the view of huge El Capitan
    cliff. The Yosemite visitor was quite right: the hike is very strenuous, it
    means 3200-foot climb in just 4.8 miles. There aren't many rest areas on the way
    to Glacier's Point (the first summit) or at least not many smooth parts of the
    path. It depends on your stamina: it could be so so strenuous or well worth it
    to enjoy the absolutely great views during the hike!!

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    Hetch hetchy Valley

    by DPando Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    This is the Yosemite NP upper part.. and i discovered just by chance. I didnt pay attention to this part, just the valley, the eastern part in Tioga pass road and Wawona area and Sequoias park just closer to south entrance. So i woke up that morning from curry Village parking lot with the clear intention to spend a smooth day in Tuolomne meadows or any other part but not for a hard hiking day but a smooth and quiet day taking pictures and nothing more waiting to next day to hike up to Half Dome and leave Yosemite the next day. So driving up to crane flat i turned left to seek where that road leads (120) when i stopped in a fork that announces hetch hetchy to the right before leaving the road that leaded to San Francisco. And such a surprise. I stopped my car at ranger's station entrance where the ranger took me a number in order of entry to the park nook...i guess was number 3 or 4 !! good point ... it meant that almost nobody was there.. !! and actually it was right.. during my long day hike into the wild i didnt say hello to anybody (almost 7 hours alone).

    So i moved my car by a long bending and quite nice road till the final lot where was a parking lot in front of a huge and large damn. And here it is the picture crossing it to discover more places further away !

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    Four mile trail, up

    by DPando Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    Hiking up the view become amazing and fascinating... the trail becomes too more strenous and steep.. luckily there are so many shadow parts protecting you from the shining sun.. so its better start early in the morning because last bends are so steep and no trees around to hide u from the hard sun. Be carefull and bring lots of water with you during summer, i reckon how hot was in late september among 12pm when i was hiking

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    Hiking / Sequoia Grove - Our second hike.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Jeroen is hiking his way in Sequoia Grove.
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    The hike we had at the Sequoia Grove made it clear to us the difference in environment and surroundings one can witness in only one National Park. The Tuolume Meadows hike was a bit flat, but beautiful because of its amazing views and drinkable Soda Springs. The Sequoia Grove hike was magnificent, because of the unbelievable large trees.

    This second hike was a bit more extracting, but still a moderate hiking trail. The path went up and down and took us to some Sequoia Trees, which is the largest living organism on the world. We saw a tree which was 23 metres in circumference! Can you believe it? Thanks to these trees we're able to enjoy Yosemite, because this National Park was founded to protect these colossal trees.

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    hetch hetchy information

    by DPando Updated Apr 24, 2008

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    Athetch Hetchy Valley entrance the ranger give you a leaflet with a map and usefull information about where are you entering..
    In short i can explain that American indians lived there for more than 6000 years. Ending XIX century preservationists leaded by famous John Muir wanted the valley to remain untouched from others who support the idea to build a dam just there . in 1906 an eartquake and fire devasted SF adding public simpathy to the search for an adequate water supply. 1913 Congress authorized the construction of a dam in hetch Hetchy as well as another dam at Lake Eleonor. This water is a supply for 2.4 milion people in SF bay area

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    hiking in Hetch hetchy

    by DPando Updated Apr 25, 2008

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    I crossed the dam bridge from the parking lot where i parked my hyundai sonata. the first to get is a long tunnel with no light with bumps and rocks during all this gap. Once on the other part a lakeside path climbs up a few meters (not much) towards the main trails... i was looking something easy and not hard before my Half dome day ... the best to do was visit the waterfalls some mile away from the tunnel ...but i thought no much water on those days ... (Yosemite valley was so dry.. no waterfalls at all) so i quit that idea.. once in the main path fork.. i chose the Laurel Lake in spite of keeping on further by the lakeshore trail... and such an idea !! i started a path quite wide so so hot and full of flies .. a never ending switchback trail gaining high to achieve the top of the granite wall over the dam... and this is where i shot this picture..at half way to reach "the top".

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