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Guided Half Dome Hike
"Early in the morning meet your expert guide at a trail head that is confirmed at the time of booking. Here you receive a safety briefing and review the day’s schedule. Your journey to Half Dome is carefully organized so that you set a good pace on this strenuous 17-mile (27-km) trip. Once you have received your orientation lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. As you hike you’ll learn about the geology and natural history of Half Dome Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains.Along the way
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
"Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.In the late morning enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop a watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park Yosemite Falls.After you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch
From $159.00
 
Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
"Gear up for your full-day Yosemite adventure with early morning pickup from your San Francisco hotel. Relax aboard your 20-passenger luxury biodesel van across the Bay Bridge offering great views of San Francisco Bay the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.Making your way across the Central Valley — one of the largest agricultural regions in the United States — make a 10-minute stop at a street-side fruit stand for a chance to purchase some fresh local nuts or fruit. arrive at Yosemite National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its spectacular granite cliffs waterfalls massive sequoia groves and biological diversity. Start your visit with a 1.5-hour driving tour through the park’s main attraction
From $179.00

Tioga Road Tips (26)

Siesta Lake

If you head east on Hwy 120 (Tioga Road) from Crane Flat, you'll eventually (and soon) reach beautiful and tiny Siesta Lake; since it's right by the roadside, viewing requires just about no effort at all. More a pond than a lake, you can see good reflections of the surroundings when you're here in early morning. Siesta Lake is gradually silting up; eventually, it will become a meadow, and afterwards a part of the forest.

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chewy3326
Jul 05, 2006

Tioga Pass

The Tioga Pass is the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park, connecting the park to Route 395, the major north/south road in Eastern California. Route 120 is the road which crosses the Tioga Pass. You get onto it from Route 395 at Lee Vining near Mono Lake. The Tioga Pass road is cut into the steep hillsides of the pass. A single guardrail separates you from a 2000 foot fall as you drive down the hill. The Tioga Pass is closed by heavy snowfalls for most of the year (October-May) due to its high altitude (9000 feet).

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mikelisaanna
Oct 12, 2005

Driving into Yosemite

In order to arrive in Yosemite from the East, you must drive through Tioga Pass. With it's magnificent views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, it is very hard to keep your eyes on the road! But watch closely, you may even see a mountain goat clinging prevariously above your car.

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travelgirl3
Nov 29, 2004

The Tioga Pass

The Tioga Pass.
The incredible place I remembered since I last saw it five years ago.
The best end for our visit to the Yosemite National Park.
This place is enchanted, so silent, so quiet.
The thin air here (about 9000 feet above sea level) requests you not to run or move fast or you'll remain without breath.
We stayed for a while here enjoying what is becoming more and more rare to find in this world: the silence.

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shivan
Sep 20, 2004
 
 
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Towards the Tioga Pass

Miles away from the Yosemite Valley, maybe too many, but still inside the Yosemite National Park, towards the Tioga Pass, the landscape changes radically.
From a "normal" wooden landscape, you pass to a typical alpine landscape, that is absolutely, incredibly, wonderful.
We reached this place late in the afternoon, and colours were changing.

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shivan
Sep 20, 2004

LET ME OPEN WITH THIS

Let me open this page with this picture I made at the top of the Tioga Pass, the eastern gateway to the Yosemite National Park.
It has been the first time I tried to make a picture to a space object.
It succeded, I think, only because the sky was still blue and so focusing was easier.
An occasional success, at the end, but I'm so happy of it!

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shivan
Sep 20, 2004

Tioga Road


As you enter through the Tioga point (also called Tioga Road or Highway 120 East) from Mono county, you will drive through some beautiful lakes till you get to Tuolumne Meadows.

There are certain areas to stop and do photos and short or long walks.

This road is not open all year, only in summer time.

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Carmela71
Sep 14, 2004

The quintessential Sierra Lake

Tenaya Lake is located along the Tioga Road (Hwy 120) about seven miles west of Tuolumne Meadows. The lake is beautiful, clear blue and surrounded by the sheer slopes. Here you'll find a few beaches, ample parking and a picnic area. Many hikes in to the high country start from here. Crowded during the day, the lake becomes very peaceful in the late afternoon. It's also open to swimming for those who don't mind the chilly water.

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Andraf
Aug 05, 2004

Top 5 Yosemite National Park Writers

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"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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"Yosemite in a day"
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"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite"
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"Yosemite National Park"
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"Yosemite is Perhaps the Prettiest Park in the USA"
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Tenaya Lake

The lake itself it beautiful--near Olmstead Point going from 8500' toward 10,000' at Tioga Pass. At the point you can see the back side of Half Dome and Clouds Rest and to the north of the lake, Mt. Conness.
The eastern shore of the lake is sandy...the water is COLD, though--but it's a nice place to lay on the shore--it's quiet (sometimes a bit buggy in the spring during the thaw) and relaxing.

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PA2AKgirl
Jun 03, 2004

Area around Tioga Pass

Of course there is more to Yosemite than just the area around the valley.

Around Tioga Pass, you will finds lots of places like the one in the picture. Mountains, forest, lakes and meadows. Very relaxing.

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JanPeter74
Apr 21, 2004

Olmsted Point

Olmsted is a scenic turnout on the Tioga Road. There are panels that explain the geological phenomenon that takes place there and identify the different peaks that are visible. The views from this point are very beautiful but it's unique granite formations make this place photogenic in its own right.

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Andraf
Feb 28, 2004

Tioga Road

This road crosses Yosemite from west to east and is a truly scenic drive. Along the way you will enjoy views of granite peaks, beautiful lakes, wildflower-covered meadows, and green forests with Giant Sequoia groves. You'll probably want to stop for pictures at many points on the road.

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Feb 28, 2004

Things to Do Near Yosemite National Park

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Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake was empty when we visited this place on 12 September 2009. Even though the lack of water was unexpected, it was quite an interesting sight and we also had the rare opportunity to stand on...
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Ahwahnee Hotel

We didn't stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, so I can't comment on its lodging attributes, but we did have a few rounds at the bar after a long day of hiking, and we spent about 30-40 minutes walking around...
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Half Dome

The half dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite. At over 400 feet incline, it is a difficult hike. The trail runs 12 miles; 6 miles each way. It is a seven hour hike in all. Since I was...
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Valley

This is a must do, even if there is traffic. The views are amazing and there are plenty of parking along side the road if there is a view you would like to see a little longer.Coming into the valley,...
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Glacier Point

Okay, they say a photo is worth a thousand words, so I have, by way of the photos here ALREADY written 5,000 words ^O^. But if you have the time, take the road up to Glacier Point, it is one of those...
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Falls

We went to Yosemite in July, it was perfect, the weather is not too hot then. We went on a hike, an easy one, passing by the Yosemite Falls, it's really beautiful. It's at 2,425 ft. There are several...
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