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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
From $194.00
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

Animal Dangers Tips (47)


Surprisingly, the Park Service has little information or warnings regarding the most dangerous animal in the park, the mosquito. If you're in the vicinity of any meadow, you're bound to be eaten...
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Jul 05, 2006

Mountain Lions

Particularly if you're walking around deep in the woods at night, these guys might notice you and become interested. Don't try to hide from them (you can't, anyway). Instead, show them you don't care...
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Oct 06, 2006

The animals are wild

You will see wildlife like deer, "wolves or foxes", squirrels. Remember the animals are wild and protected and so enjoy from a distance. Keep food stored in proper lockers available and not in your...
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Aug 29, 2006

Bears Oh MY!

This picture is pretty self explanatory.... Yosemite is definately bear country! Bears have been known to cause major property damage in search of food. Pay attention to the Park warnings and bear...
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Jun 06, 2006


If you take a certain number of precautions, you're likely never to see a bear or have to deal with one in Yosemite. All bears found in Yosemite National Park are black bears, as the grizzly bears...
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Aug 24, 2006

Wild animals, they just kept up popping!

It's always quite an amazing experience to see the wild life in its natural environment. At Yosemite National Park we saw a lot of wild animals, it looked like they just kept popping up!Often seen...
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Nov 05, 2006

Bears and Mountain Lions

Grizzly bears and mountain lions call Yosemite home. I did not encouter one here. Ironically, I saw a bear the other day in front of my house in New Jersey. They are here and there have been...
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Jun 23, 2003

"smarter than the aaaverage bear!"

When you visit here, you can't help but to see the warnings for bears. Most campsites have "bear lockers" which provide a "safe" to keep your food and any other things you wish not to have the local...
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Apr 04, 2011


During my hike of the Valley loop trail we came across a black bear. It was about 2pm just off the trail between us and the South Side drive. The bear didn't seem to notice us or at least paid us no...
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Aug 09, 2012

Do NOT Feed the Wildlife

The National Park Service prohibits feeding animals. Of course, they may seem rather tame; most of them, especially at the popular tourist spots, are accustomed to having people around. And they may...
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Apr 07, 2007

Yosemite is not a Zoo

When visiting Yosemite National Park you may see several types of Wild Animals. This includes Bears, Deer, Squirrels, Mountain Lions, and Bobcats.One of the most common animals you will see is Deer....
Sep 07, 2006


You'll hear about them all the time while you're here. Keep your food in bear canisters. If bears ever appear, don't act like prey. Be extremely aggressive. They won't want to deal with you and will...
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Oct 06, 2006
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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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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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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

Nothing prepares you for what you see when you get to Glacier Point in Yosemite. It is a high point way above the valley floor. From the gate, it is about a 25-30 minute drive. There is parking and...
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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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Getting to Yosemite National Park


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