Yosemite National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • I'm rocking climbing Yosemite!
    I'm rocking climbing Yosemite!
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    Close up of basic rock climbing...
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    Practice climbing exercises in Yosemite
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    Rock Climbing Opportunities

    by atufft Written Apr 6, 2013
    Practice climbing exercises in Yosemite
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    Along the north face, just west of Yosemite Falls, and near the climber's Camp 4, is a section of granite face with cracks that are ideal for beginning to moderate level climbing exercises. If you aren't a skilled climber, try just walking along the path here and see what happens. Maybe you can do as we did and strike friendship with climbers who already have the equipment and training that you need. It's fun to just climb a short way using the safety advantage of climbing robes and belts.

    Equipment: Climbing equipment is not cheap. It's comparable to high end road cycling equipment, except that climbing gear doesn't wear out.

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    • Mountain Climbing

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    Valley Floor Hike

    by blueskyjohn Updated Aug 8, 2012

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    Easy hiking most of the way
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    This hike loops the valley floor. The total hike is 13 miles but has a good half way mark to make the 6.5 miles. It is a beautiful trail, very easy to hike BUT very difficult to find, especially near the village and camp 4. One main problem is the lack of signage throughout the trail but especially in the more popullar areas near Yosemite Falls. I actually spoke to 4 different rangers and None of them can actually give good directions as to finding a good starting point.

    One good thing is you really can't get lost. The loop runs the same route as the North bound and south bound drives, crossing the road several times and there are only a few locations where you can't actually hear traffic on the road. More signage would make it more enjoyable and not waste a bunch of time trying to figure out what side trail is the actual route.

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    Tenaya Lake, kids boating fun!!

    by Sienlu Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    We spent an afternoon by Tenaya Lake, it was lots of fun, we found this body of water right next to the lake, like a small whitewater rafting area, that allowed us to put our kids in an inflatable boat and let them float down (we had them on a string of course). The around scenery was beautiful, lots of trees and mountains. Fun time!

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    Lots of choices

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Let's see . . . what is there to do in Yosemite? It's not all about staring at gorgeous vistas or leisurely strolling through a meadow. For the more adventurous there are tons of options. Here's a list for you that includes activities for every season . . . biking, climbing, rafting, stable rides, backpacking, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, swimming, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, tubing and snowshoeing.

    For more details see the website below.

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    Beautiful views from a lazy rafting trip

    by ddbleu Updated Oct 17, 2010
    Rest stop

    You can rent a raft at Curry Village, and put in at the Merced River right across the street. We did it in August and the water was pretty low. The wind came up and it was a struggle paddling against it in some parts. We were exhausted by the end. But it is fun to stop along the way. Water was very cold and refreshing to take a swim. You do get some great views of the falls along the way.

    Equipment: Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks in a waterproof bag, camera, water shoes like Keens.

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    • National/State Park
    • Rafting

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    give backpacking a try

    by richiecdisc Updated Sep 24, 2009

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    all it akes is a few sunrises
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    Yosemite National Park is one of the top backpacking destinations in the world so if you are in any way so inclined bring your backpack. Even if you have just been thinking of giving it a try, it's a great place to do it with trails for all levels. There are also countless hikes of shorter duration if you are just looking to day hike.

    Equipment: Backpacking requires the proper equipment. You will be walking in the wilderness and will need to be self-reliant. A good quality tent is essential in most terrains and unless it's unlikely to rain, make sure it's properly sealed. A proper sleeping mat is another thing not to scrimp on. It not only makes it more comfortable, it acts as an insulator to keep you warm. Your sleeping bag is your life line to keep you warm and get you warm if you develop hypothermia. A compact stove can be viewed as optional but if hiking at elevation, a warm meal and beverage can be a life saver, not just something nice to eat. You'll need a good pack to carry everything and of course, all the clothes and gear you'd need for any type of mountain day hiking.

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    Hiking / Tuolumne Meadow - Parsons Hut.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Parsons Hut.

    For a fact Tuolumne Meadows is a gentle, dome studded meadowy section of the Tuolumne River, in the eastern section of Yosemite National Park. There are many beautiful day hikes to explore.

    Via the Soda Springs we reached the Parsons Memorial Lodge, built in 1915 by the Sierra Club. This hut was a meeting point, reading room and mountain headquarters. When we were inside we saw that it had an exhibition on the human history of Tuolumne Meadows.

    After our visit to Parsons Hut we returned to the Tuolumne Meadows. Our view with Lembert Dome in the background was magnificent. The Lembert Dome is a familiar landmark in the meadows area. After all we were very glad we made the decision to hike the Tuolumne Meadows!

    Equipment: Have a look at Yosemite National Park Packing List.

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    • Road Trip
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    Hiking / Tuolumne Meadow - Soda Spring Hut.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    This 1.5 miles (1 hour) round trip hike was fun to do. Just go from Lembert Dome to the north-west directions along the gravel road and continue straight, past the locked gate (signed Glen Aulin and Soda Springs).

    We told you earlier that the soda spring water is healthy, but not everybody agrees. When we entered the Soda Spring Hut we learned from a park ranger that it's carbonated water which bubbles up from the ground, mostly found inside the wooden enclosures. The ranger told us that many people drink this water, but he advised against it due to the possible surface contamination.

    After drinking the water, why listen to the park ranger :-), we continued the path that winds to the bridge and continues on to the Parsons Lodge and Tuolumne Visitor Center.

    Equipment: Have a look at Yosemite National Park Packing List.

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    Hiking / Tuolumne Meadow - Soda Springs.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Relinde at a natural well of iron water.
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    At over 8600 feet in elevation, Tuolumne Meadows offers a break from the heat and some of th crowds commonly found in Yosemite Valley. Because of its elevation, temperatures in Tuolumne average 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Yosemite Valley.

    During our visit to the park we made 2 hikes and stayed for a while in Yosemite Valley. The first hike was over the Tuolumne Meadows. This is the largest alpine pasture of the Sierra's. The bright green colour form a beautiful contrast to the bald granite rock peaks surrounding it. Some peaks retain snow throughout the summer and therefore provide breathtaking views. It was quite a flat hike and took us via the log-cabin of the Sierra Club to a water well, the so calles Soda Springs.

    The water comes right out of the ground and is ready for consumption. We tried it, but the iron level in the water is very high and therefore doesn't it taste too well, but it's very, very healthy.

    Equipment: Have a look at Yosemite National Park Packing List.

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    • Historical Travel

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    Hiking / Tuolumne Meadow - To lose yourself.

    by Jerelis Updated Nov 5, 2006

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    Beautiful long views at Yosemite National Park.
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    Mysterious woods and enormous steep rock faces definately contribute to the popularity of Yosemite. About 3 million tourists visit Yosemite every year which makes it the best visited National Park of California.

    When we drove the Tioga Pass (at 9.945 feet the highest motor vehicle pass in California) we noticed a number of scenic turnouts and parking areas. Mostly located along the Tioga Road. We had a difficult decision to make wheather we would stop at Tenaya Lake or Tuolumne Meadows. Finally the last option became our favorite, don't ask us why, it was just a feeling.

    We didn't feel sorry about it, as we soon learned that Tuolumne Meadows is the perfect place to lose yourself/ It's just a proof that nearly 95 percent of Yosemite National Park is officially designated as wilderness.

    Equipment: Have a look at Yosemite National Park Packing List.

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    Hiking, of course

    by Andraf Updated Jan 25, 2005

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    Hiking in Yosemite

    Yosemite National Park is a hiker's dream. Here you can find any kind of hike, from a flat terrain walk on the valley floor, to a full day hike up Half Dome and just about anything in between. That's why hiking is a popular activity in Yosemite, and is a great way to see the park. Trail maps can be found in any of the visitor centers and they are also sold in most stores throughout the park.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Rent a Bike

    by IceBear7 Written Nov 1, 2004

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    Yosemite Valley

    The Valley is mostly flat and that makes it so easy to cycle along the roads and bike paths. You get to some really lonely spots where no buses go, and it's just you and the odd hiker. It's such a great experience, the clean fresh air, the sunshine, the mountains, the scenery etc.

    Cycling is not allowed on most of the trails.

    Equipment: You can rent a bike at Yosemite Lodge and Curry Village. I paid around 10 $ for 2 hours cycling.
    Bikes are not great, but okay for the paths you will be cycling.

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    • National/State Park

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    Go Mountain Biking in Yosemite Valley

    by KevinMichael Written Oct 2, 2004
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    This is a beautiful way to see a lot of Yosemite and an easy way to cover a lot of ground while doing so.

    Unfortunately, you`re not allowed to leave the valley floor with the bikes. The bikes are rented on either a hourly, 1/2 day, or day basis. You can rent them at Curry Village.

    You can rent a lock, but the bike shop said they weren`t necessary since they apparently can easily find the bikes if they need to.

    Equipment: Bring a backpack, sunglasses, sunscreen, mosquito repellent (certain times a year), and wear a helmit.

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    • Cycling
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    Climbing

    by Carmela71 Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    One of the most habitual activities in the park is climbing, we saw lots of groups preparing for it. As it was summer and too hot for serious climbing, the lowest ones were more busier than the big ones.

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    More hiking options

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Yosemite National Park

    Compared to hiking across granite rocks or trails strewn with pebbels, hiking on the dome surfaces is a treat. The smooth glacier carved surface provides excellent traction, making it less likely that you'll fall. The real trick involved in hiking on domes is not to look down, especially if you're afraid of heights.

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