Unique Places in Yosemite National Park

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Yosemite National Park

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    Illilouette Falls

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 23, 2009

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    The 370 foot Illilouette Falls is one of the park's most constantly flowing and is best seen from the Panorama Trail though it is possible to get a glimpse of it on the hike to Vernal Falls. This is one waterfall you cannot see unless you hike a fairly steep trail and despite its pools looking very inviting, its top cannot be reached by a park maintained trail.

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    Tioga Lake

    by richiecdisc Written Sep 23, 2009

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    Tioga Lake is not part of Yosemite National Park, laying just outside the Tioga Pass Entrance Station but you could not fault yourself for thinking you are still in the park. The glacial lake is stunning and the only reason it is not overly crowded is its distance from Yosemite Valley. It surely would be packed if more accessible. That is fine with those who do flock there. With a campground, good fishing, and abundant scenery, not everyone needs to be in Yosemite to feel they are some place special. We were pretty bowled over when we drove by this beauty on our way to Mono Lake and Bodie State Park. I would certainly consider camping here the next time I am in the area!

    Located on Route 120 at over 9000 feet, don't plan on doing it in winter!

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    Hetch Hetchy

    by PA2AKgirl Updated Feb 26, 2004

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    Here's a brilliant idea. Let's dam up a valley that looks a lot like Yosemite Valley so we can have drinking water for San Francisco to use. And then, how about if San Francisco only uses a little portion of it? That's what happened to Hetch Hetchy in the early 1900's despite the effort John Muir put into protecting this valley. It's pretty, in a manmade way and the drive up is interesting. It's the only place I've had to stop on the road because cattle wouldn't move. Free range cattle.
    It's strangely quiet here also...for some reason there are very few birds and you take for granted the noise they create in the summer. It's VERY hot, though at the same elevation at Yosemite Valley, it gets warmer earlier, holds in the heat longer and has milder winters. A little microclimate, if you will. It is interesting that the water from here flows to SF by gravity only...
    But this is where you would have the best opportunity to climb up the waterfalls, if you want to do that. We didn't see more than 4 people out here on a normal, hot summer day.

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    Brunch at the Wawona Hotel

    by pigletsmom Updated Feb 21, 2004

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    Treat yourself to an old fashioned Victorian breakfast while you're in Yosemite. This is a very old historic hotel that offers a fabulous brunch in a wonderful quaint setting The food is great, and the atmosphere is cozy. Try a dessert called Apple Betty, it is so delicous. Custard, apples and whipcream, how can you go wrong? The Wawona is an Historic landmark and worth seeing on its own even without the brunch. You can rent a room, but I would not recommend it in Winter, the rooms are freezing. However, the property is very picturesque at Christmas time.

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    Glacier Point

    by frank_delargy Updated Dec 20, 2004

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    If you drive up to Glacier point you will be able to look straight (and I mean straight) down into the valley. Glacier point is roughly above the Curry Campground and it is reached by a road that is closed in the winter and spring.
    You also get a wonderful view of all the falls except Bridalveil from Glacier Point as well as Half Dome and El Capitan.

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    Lake Eleanor

    by PA2AKgirl Updated Jun 3, 2004

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    This place is a little hard to get to, but definitely worth the (rough) trip. It requires a permit and a 4 wheel drive vehicle but most likely you won't see anyone else there, except the Rangers. We went up to the lake, took a canoe around it and spent the night by the water. When you are in the wilderness in Yosemite, you tend to find the lakes are pretty cold (like Tanaya Lake) but this one is warm and it was great to swim there. Usually, we would just go in Merced River which was freezing so this was a nice change.
    On your way there, watch out for the free or open range cattle...they just stand in the road forever.

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    Mariposa

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you're looking for something decent to eat, you can head out Yosemite's southwestern Arches Rock Entrance and take Highway 140 around 40 miles west through El Portal and Midpines to the town of Mariposa.

    The Miners Inn is not only a hotel, but it also has a decent restaurant and a separate bar where the night we were there, the karaoke was blaring in all its off-pitched glory.

    I had a French Dip and it was actually pretty delicious! You'll find a partial menu at the link below.

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    INDIAN VILLAGE OF AHWAHNEE

    by travelgourmet Updated Mar 23, 2011

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    Hidden behind the Valley Visitor Center and the Yosemite Museum is the recreated traditional cultural presentations of the Ahwahneechee, the native people of Yosemite Valley, who called the area "Ahwahnee" ("Place of a Gaping Mouth"). Looking up from their villages to the surrounding valley of waterfalls and cliffs with magnificent trees, one does have to say the mouth does gape. There are many fine recreations that are still used for ceremonial practices.

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    Views from Yosemite Valley

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Yosemite Valley is seven miles long and one mile across at its widest point. The valley was formed through a geologic process that began about 500 million years ago in a process that began when this land was submerged under water. Somewhere around 50 million years ago (give or take) , Yosemite's rolling hills and streams began to develop in the area. Within the next 40 million years (as the crow flies), the submerged Sierra Nevada rose, tilting westward and increasing the flow of the Merced River, carving the valley into a canyon.

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    A moment of silence...

    by IceBear7 Written Oct 25, 2004

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    ... when standing on the soil of this extraordinary event. Close your eyes, and you can feel the heat of the campfire, smell the smoke, and hear Mr President talk to Mr Muir. Don't you feel the strong desire to sit down with them? 101 years later... You'll be SO inspired!

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    Sunlight refecting off the mountain

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 10, 2004

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    I took this picture while walking on a trail in Yosemite Valley. The afternoon sun is so strong, unbroken by any clouds whatsoever, which makes it tough to get a good angle for even an amateur photograph. The sunlight interfered with this shot just a bit, but even that cannot diminish the beauty of the valley.

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    Stanislaus National Forest-Sonora, CA

    by Shihar Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Part of the reason the travel into the Park takes long is because you drive thru this nice National Forest.

    This forest has a variety of activities for travelers and is dubbed the "Land of Many Uses". There are are 1143 campsites and open-all year round. Joins Yosemite on the north and east.

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    Taft Point

    by Ischyros Written Feb 25, 2003

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    I'm not sure why this area isn't as popular as it's neighbor, Sentinal Dome, but I love it! The fissures offer a great display of cliff joints which work to erode the cliff walls and widen the valley and the view is incredible! Be very careful in this area though! The fissures are deep cracks in the ground in which a person could stumble into and they are not marked. There are five of them. Also the cliff only has one area with protective railing. I recommend not bring young children into this area unless you can really keep them under control.

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    Protect the Park

    by MarvintheMartian Written Jun 23, 2004

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    It's no secret that Yosemite National Park is awe inspiring and beautiful. The park caters for many visitors each year and all these visitor will have an effect on the natural environment of Yosemite.
    With this in mind please keep to the public areas, paths and walkways and away from areas that are being recovered or are protected in some way.
    This foot bridge is one example of how the Park along with ourselves can help protect Yosemite.
    Enjoy the tranquility!

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    Scenic viewpoint

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    I can't remember where this photo was taken, but I think it was at a viewpoint along Glacier Point Road. Half Dome is partially hidden behind the tree and, from this angle, it appears that it is a lower elevation than the previous pictures.

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