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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco
"Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter with this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Throughout your trip your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.""""Escape to the snow-capped mountains of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco for two full days. Take a coach tour of Yosemite Valley with your guide and enjoy various activities during your free time such as hiking and snowshoeing. Soak in views o Yosemite is said to be best in the winter months!Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. Reserve early to avoid disappointment"title=Highlights&1=2-day+winter+tour+of+Yosemite+National+Park+from+San+Francisco&2=Take+a+coach+tour+of+spectacular+Yosemite+Valley+and+enjoy+views+of+famous+sites+such+as+Half+Dome&3=Stay+overnight+at+the+cozy+Yosemite+Lodge+at+the+Falls&4=Choose+from+a2 days / 1 night
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Yosemite In A Day Tour from San Francisco
"The tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel or in front of The Parc 55 Hotel in one of our comfortable vans. We will then drive east across the San Francisco Bay Bridge with views of San Francisco Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will continue on through the Central Valley (San Joaquin Valley) of California. The Central Valley is the largest food growing region in the United States. We will drive past almond walnut cherry and other fruit and nut orchards. After making a quick stop for snacks we will continue on into the Sierra Nevada foothills and California’s gold country where we will drive through the historic gold country town of Groveland California and finally into the mountains and Yosemite National Park.Once in the park
From $140.00
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

Walking / Hiking Tips (20)

Obey the basics

I bought a book called "Off the Wall - Deaths at Yosemite". It's available at the tourist shops in Yosemite and should be recommended reading for all those who venture off the main road. I shudder at times when reading it as it records many wrong things I have done bushwalking (hiking) in Australia. Even simple short walks in Yosemite can end up fatally as the instances in this book clearly illustrate.
Some basic things to remember are: Take warm clothing no matter what the weather when you start; take plenty of fluid, take a waterproof box of matches, a map and a compass (GPS units can easily fail) and let someone know where you intend to go.
These are the main things people overlook.
People with great reputations as rock climbers, experienced walkers and astute horsemen have all perished. It's not a place to take lightly; you have been warned!

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Jun 30, 2011


Gotcha. The pot in question is the smoking pot that is located in Yosemite Valley Village. It is a given to most people that smoking any tobacco product would be a no-no inside the Park except for the designated areas. The pot is a clever idea that you stub out any smoking butts and drop it down the tube to the pot below. As Smokey the Bear says, "Help prevent forest fires".

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Mar 23, 2011

leave your fear of heights at home

Yosemite National Park has trails for all levels of hikers and some of them are quite advanced. The last portion of the climb to the top of Half Dome requires the use of cables for 400 feet of slick rock traversing. It is a harrowing experience for those with a fear of heights. Add to this, the number of people on the cables at any given time and you have the recipe for disaster. Surprisingly, there have been few deaths considering 50,000 people clime it every year. There have been a few deaths in the last few years but generally when the rock has been made even more slick with precipitation. For that reason, you should not attempt this if it looks like it might rain or snow or if it has just done either.

Make sure to grab a pair of gloves at the bottom of the cables. There is a big pile of used gloves left behind over the years. The cables are metal and can wreck havoc on your hands, especially on the way down.

Try not to look down and get a photo of yourself on the Visor, it looks worse than it is on the ledge itself. That said, I wouldn't linger. You never know when the Visor becomes the Headband.

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Sep 24, 2009

Half Dome

Be careful at Yosemite. 12 people die on the average in the Park every year. The number of people climbing Half Dome has increased by at least 30% over the last decade, resulting in congestion and death. Most visitors are not prepared to scale the Dome, therefore making it much ore risky for seasoned climbers. A Japanese man lost his footing and fell to his death just a month agon on Half Dome.

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Jul 17, 2007
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Watch The Weather

Keep an eye on the forecast, and to the sky.

Don't climb to high places like Sentinel Dome if you hear thunder.

Rain will also be a hazard if you need good footing.

Stay inside or in a vehicle if the weather gets bad. At this elevation, there are a lot of things to consider for your safety.

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Jul 10, 2007

Pretty and Deadly

This lovely little sign warns of the dangers at the top of Ilillouette Falls. We filled our water bottles here, but had to be extra careful. The wet part of the rock was like glass and if we had put our weight on it, down we would have went. It would be like a giant natural waterslide with no traction whatsover.

Yosemite is surprisingly touristy and surprisingly untouristy. As in, I was surprised by the number of people that go, and how crowded the valley floor is, but I was also surprised that, for a place with so many tourists, the park had nondescript trailmaps, few rangers around and a general sense of danger. When we got back to camp, we learned that someone died while climbing up half dome right before our friends got there. But then again, I find that people who are used to the outdoors have no idea how clueless to this stuff city kids are. City kids know about other things, but there's just no need to learn how to wear mud boots, how to put on snow chains or that poison oak even exists. Especially in paternalistic San Francisco, where the solution to suicide is a fence. I guess what I'm getting at is that there are few fences in Yosemite.

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Jun 21, 2007

Climbing Hazards

While visiting the rivers and waterfalls, do NOT scramble about on top of the rocks. They are slippery, often unstable, and very treacherous. Far too many people have been injured, and sometimes killed, due to carelessness of this kind. Rather than become a candidate for a Darwin Award, just stay on the trails. Heed the signs!

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Apr 07, 2007

Mirror Lake Trail Loop

If you take the Yosemite shuttle to the Mirror Lake loop trail, it is quite easy to end up walking down the wrong trail. When you walk towards Mirror Lake after you have been dropped off at the shuttle stop, there is a bridleway path which is quite wide off the roadway to Mirror Lake with the Mirror Lake information sign right at the start of the bridleway. I walked this route thinking this was the start of the Mirror Lake loop trail, given that I didn't expect to be walking down an access road. Boy, was I wrong! I met others on the path who had thought the same as myself.

Stick to the road access route and you will pick up the walking trail approximately 0.6 miles down the road.

Luckily, in autumn when I went, Mirror Lake was bone dry (a bit of a disappointment) which meant it was easy to walk across one of the paths across the dry lake bed and pick up the loop trail but this was after I had walked out for over an hour and turned back.

The complimentary Yosemite park book you can get at the Visitor Centre tells you that this is a 2 mile, one hour round trip. I'd be a little surprised if this was the case, especially when the lake is full and there would be great scenery for photo-taking. The little green booklet, which is very useful, seems to underestimate the length of time to walk the easy trails listed given that most people want to stop to take photographs.

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Oct 18, 2006

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Do drink enough!!!

For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 litre of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in Yosemite National Park due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the landscape goes up and down.

Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.

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Jul 20, 2006

Footbridges at high water

During peak snowmelt, some Yosemite waterfalls will have exceptionally high water and flood footbridges over streams. An easy example of this is the Wapama Falls footbridge, a wooden bridge across Falls Creek just beneath Wapama Falls. Since the spray and the water of the fall is propelled so powerfully, the bridge (early in the season) will be completely flooded, with water rushing over it. I crossed the bridge once and found it to be a somewhat harrowing experience; at times, the water was strong enough probably to wash me away (thankfully you can hang on to the handrails.) There was probably even more water before I came (late June) since regular peak snowmelt is early June.

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Jul 04, 2006

Waterfall dangers

It's true that being at a top of a thundering waterfall is exhilarating, but be careful and remember where you are. Each year, quite a few people slip at the brink of waterfalls, fall into the Merced River, Yosemite Creek, or something like that, and plunge a few hundred to a few thousand feet down to their deaths (Waterfall accidents are almost always fatal. If you fall down Upper Yosemite Fall, you'll have quite a bit of time to think about your dilemma before actually hitting anything). So be careful, and try to stay in places where there are railings. Also, the Silver Apron/Emerald Pool area above Vernal Fall is also potentially dangerous; stay out of the Merced River around there.

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Jul 03, 2006

Rocks and boulders

These signs were posted in numerous areas near waterfalls warning people to beware of the danger of falling while scrambling around on a boulder or getting too close to a cliff. This is probably because California is such a litigious state. Its also due to the fact that these areas are unstable and slippery and there's a chance of falling and getting hurt.

In addition to the boulders, keep an eye out for falling rocks as well. And not just on the trails but also on the roads.

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Sep 08, 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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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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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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