Yosemite National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Downhill Skiing

    by Ischyros Updated Dec 13, 2003

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    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.

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    • Skiing and Boarding

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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 / 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 - 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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    Beautiful views from a lazy rafting trip

    by ddbleu Updated Oct 17, 2010
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    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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    • Rafting

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    Rock Climbing Opportunities

    by atufft Written Apr 6, 2013
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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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    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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    Hike up the peak from the back of El Capitan

    by sunnywong Updated Nov 11, 2002

    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.

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    Snowshoeing

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 2, 2003
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    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.

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    River Rafting

    by Shihar Written Aug 10, 2006

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    River Rafting is permitted on the Merced river.

    Rafting is however only permitted in certain areas of the River.

    Equipment: Life Jacket

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    More climbing

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Yosemite National Park

    These vertical walls are a climbers paradise. Its no wonder that so many flock to Yosemite to take on the challenge.

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    Hiking a Dome

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    Pothole Dome, Yosemite National Park

    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.

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    Horse trips

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 30, 2010

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    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.

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    Tennis in Yosemite

    by pigletsmom Written Jan 10, 2005

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    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.

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    • Adventure Travel

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