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    SUNRISE MEADOWS

    by mtncorg Written Nov 30, 2003

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    In another direction from Tenaya Lake, you can go due east towards this large subalpine meadow. Instead of dropping down into the meadow, wander out through open forests onto the open shoulder to the west and above the meadows. Your views are hopefully as glorious as your lunch. The Cathedral Range and glaciers of Mt Lyell lie beyond.

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    MT DANA - CREST OF THE SIERRA

    by mtncorg Written Nov 30, 2003

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    This is one of my favorite spots in the Sierra. From the fee station at Tioga Pass, wander on obvious bootpaths east past lakes to the foot of Mt Dana where the path gains elevation quickly. A long steep section goes by and you come to an alpine meadow above the timberline. Look closely, normally there are yellow-bellied marmots to greet you.

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    DANA VIEWS - IS THIS HEAVEN?

    by mtncorg Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    From the midlevel plateau, easy talus slopes take you to the summit above. Careful of the altitude, this peak is 13053 feet/3979 meters high. You definitely find breaths harder to come by up high. Views are incredible in 360 degrees. The Sierra goes north and south. Mono Lake floats to the east.

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    MT CONNESS

    by mtncorg Updated Nov 30, 2003

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    A step above in difficulty from Dana is Conness. Your easiest approach is either overnight from Young Lakes - reached going north from Tuolumne Meadows - or on a long dayhike from the Forest Service campground just south of Saddlebag Lake. You go up the obvious valley to the west, along the south arm of Conness, ascending scree to a pass at 11400 feet/3455 meters where you meet the path coming up from Youngs Lake. From the pass, the way goes up onto a broad plateau just southeast of the summit, easily reached now by scrambling up the big blocks. West and East faces of this mountain are the scenes of Sierran classic climbs.

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    HORSECREEK PASS

    by mtncorg Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Very few people access the northern reaches of Yosemite Park. This is a trail-less way in which you can gain access to this country. Hiking out of Twin Lakes - near Bridgeport and just out of the Park's northern border - on the Horse Creek trail for 1.5 miles to a hanging valley, you turn south off the trail. A good boot path goes up the little valley eventually winding up among talus slopes high up on the 10680 foot/4145 meter pass. From atop the pass, easy open country awaits down Spiller Creek.

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    MATTERHORN PEAK

    by mtncorg Written Nov 30, 2003

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    Far from the confines of Disneyland, another Matterhorn Peak rises at the south end of the Sawtooth Range. 12279 feet/3721 meters high, this peak doesn't really resemble its Disney or Swiss cousins. From atop Horse Creek Pass, you simply and slowly ascend the southeast slopes to the Peak above. To the north, cliffs and glaciers sit high above Twin Lakes; Bridgeport sits among alfalfa fields off to the northeast. South and west, mountains rise like waves on the ocean.

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    Visit the Visitor Center

    by Shihar Written May 21, 2006

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    Of course.. you get the best information from the Rangers here. There is an informational award winning 20 minute movie. The inside also has a historic display to give you a further knowledge of the park.

    The Ranger suggested to take the park shuttle to get your bearing of all the park attractions.

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    Yosemite Valley Visitor's Center

    by annk Written Jun 13, 2005

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    The Visitor's Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has extended hours from April to August. It provides and excellent introduction to Yosemite with exhibits, displays and park rangers to answer questions. A 23 minute film titled "Spirit of Yosemite" is worth watching and is prsented in the theater behind the visitor center lobby.

    A small gift shop with books and maps is in the center.

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    Sentinel Bridge

    by chewy3326 Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Sentinel Bridge is one of the best places to view a Yosemite sunset. This bridge has been rebuilt many times since the beginning of tourism in Yosemite. Earlier bridges constricted the river and damaged habitats downstream; the current Sentinel Bridge was built in 1993. From the bridge, there is a wonderful view of Half Dome (Tissiack) rising above the Merced River. At summer solstice, the sun sets in Yosemite at 8:30; be sure to catch a beautiful sunset there. You probably won't be alone; on most nights, you'll be accompanied by plenty of other tourists and photographers. Looking north from the bridge, you'll see a perfect view of Yosemite Falls and Cook Meadow.

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    Walk

    by frank_delargy Written Dec 20, 2004

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    If you walk around the valley floor you will have a chance to see the falls and the cliffs from many different angles. You will also get a chance to see the nice bridges that have been built for the roads.
    The whole valley is crisscrossed with walking paths that take you though practically every ecosystem in the valley.
    Even in high tourist season, if you take some of the trails you can get away from people.

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    Once a valley, now a reservoir

    by annk Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    The Hetch Hetchy Valley is located along the Tuolumne River in the northern part of the park. The valley was once considered to be a twin of the Yosemite Valley but a dam was built and a reservoir created to provide drinking water for the city of San Francisco.

    Conservation groups and John Muir bitterly opposed the damming of the Tuolumne but the reservoir was approved by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

    Besides providing water to San Francisco, it's a popular hiking area from spring to fall.

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    Love at first site- Yosemite view from the air

    by Shihar Written May 21, 2006

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    On the flight to San Fran, we had a chatty pilot that informed us whenever we flew over interesting sites. Thanks to him all the snow covered mounds made sense when he told us that we were flying right over Yosemite! How exciting to see over first glimsp of Yosemite by the air!

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    Liberty Cap as seen from Emerald Pool

    by zrim Updated Nov 2, 2003

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    At the top of Vernal Falls there is a pool of snow melt called Emerald Pool. There are plenty of warning signs telling hikers to keep out. Apparently some people have taken a dip in the Emerald Pool and been sucked into the drainage and over the cliff down Vernal Falls. Liberty Cap makes its first appearance behind the Emerald Pool. The Nevada Falls cannot be seen in this photo, blocked by trees, but the falls are just off the right flank of Liberty Cap.

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    The Hike up to Vernal Falls

    by Virtuous_Tourist Written Jun 7, 2003

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    is worth the effort. Leave from the Happy Isles Trailhead and follow the Mist Trail.
    This shot was taken from the bridge before the falls. If you're up to it, conitnue past Vernal Falls to the 594-ft Nevada Falls, passing the Emerald Pool along the way.

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    Waterfalls at Hetch Hetchy

    by annk Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Here's a closer look at 2 of Hetch Hetchy's major waterfalls. The Tueeulala & Wapama Falls both drop 1000 ft. and are best viewed in early spring. The Tueeulala dries up by early summer.

    The Wapama Falls is 2.5 miles from the dam and can be hiked in about 4 hours.

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