Some trails, such as this short one to Bridal Veil Falls, involve crossing over large rocks. Although it looks relatively easy to scramble up and jump from rock to rock, the slippery surfaces make it easy to lose your footing and fall. I saw some people wearing sandals and flip flops do just that and I would advise against it. Throw on a pair of hiking boots or sneakers if you have them before you attempt to cross this slippery path.
Most of Yosemite's shorter trails are well marked and easy to follow. Some involve scrambling over rocks or steep uphills, but, on the whole, these trails are not too taxing. Plus, the view of the valley below or a thundering cascade of water from above are well worth the effort of a few breathless minutes of struggling up a trail.
Yosemite is a hiker's paradise. Even if you don't have the time, experience or inclination to take an extended jaunt through Yosemite's beautiful backcountry, there are hundreds of trails of varying lengths of difficulty in Yosemite Valley and Tuolomne that can be done in an hour or several. There are a few trails the originate from Glacier Point and environs, such as the Taft Point and Sentinel Dome hikes, which are short, relatively easy but extremely rewarding.
Many people visit Yosemite for the climbing opportunities. The vertical grantie walls would probably challenge anyone and would hopefully scare off an amateur. But even if you're not into climbing, if you have binoculars with you, take a close look at some of these walls, especially El Capitan, and you can watch the tiny figures inching their way to the top.
This is a popular, but pretty strenuous day hike. Half Dome is over 8,000 feet tall. The hike to the summit involves an elevation gain of 4,900 feet over about 8 and a half miles. The final push to the top is steep and rocky; cables have been set up to assist with the ascent and descent.
Although this is on my list of must do things, I wasn't able to squeeze it in since the hike involves at least one very full day. I'm hoping to go back and do this one at a later time and bring back a picture from the top.
One of the more mellow /moderate hikes in Yosemite Valley is to Mirror Lake and back. There are two paths to take you there -- one is a dirt trail, over rocks and through the trees. Very beautiful. The other is a paved bike path, considerably easier to walk and still pretty, but not as beautiful. When you hike the dirt trail, you'll share with horseback riders, so be aware of that.
Mirror Lake is at the base of Half Dome, and at one time acted as a beautiful reflecting pool of Half Dome. Over the years it has silted in and it's quite as reflective as it once was. It is, however, still beautiful.
And, of course, if you visit Yosemite in late Summer, there isn't any water in the lake at all. Instead you can walk to the middle of the "lake" and relax on it's soft sand, while gazing up the sheer face of Half Dome and meditating on life
Turn around and try to spy the rock climbers on the cliffs opposite Half Dome.
Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sun screen and mosquito repellent.
During the winter months, Badger Pass, California's oldest ski area, is open along the Glacier Point Road. There are several different hills here offering all sorts of levels of skiing. You can also take lessons! A shuttle bus will drive you up a couple times a day from Yosemite Valley if you don't want to make the drive.
Snowshoeing is like walking on snow wearing a pair of tennis rackets. The trick is to spread your body weight over a large area so that you don't sink in the fresh puffy snow. It's a fun winter sport. But it can be more exhausting than it looks for beginners like me.
There is a guided hike to the peak of El Capitan. The slippery granite surface is chained along the way which help novice hikers up without carrying any equipments.
Equipment: No equipments and experience needed, just strength. Just make your booking at the Park's Visitor Information Centre.
There are many ways to get around in Yosemite, Hiking, Biking, bus but one of the more enjoyable is to take a tour on Horsback. The tours go to Mirror Lake.
River Rafting is permitted on the Merced river.
Rafting is however only permitted in certain areas of the River.
Equipment: Life Jacket
Rent courts for only $2.50 an hour at the Historic Wawona hotel. What a dea! Great setting for some great tennis.
Equipment: Do not come wearomg black soled shoes, they will not allow you on the courts.
Hiking to the top of domes such as Lembert or Pothole Dome is moderately challenging. But the real quest is to get to the top of the most famous of them all- Half Dome.
These vertical walls are a climbers paradise. Its no wonder that so many flock to Yosemite to take on the challenge.