Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hiking at Yosemite Valley: Mother Nature at Her Best

 Glacier Point: View of Half Dome

Aside from the mosquito bites and massive sunburn on my back, I had an amazing hiking experience at Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Valley offers 800 miles of hiking trails with various levels of difficulty, from easy and moderate to strenuous, very strenuous and extremely strenuous (i.e. Half Dome).

Marek and I completed three trails in two days:

1) Lower Yosemite Fall (easy, 1.0 mile round-trip, 20 minutes)

2) Top of Upper Yosemite Falls (very strenuous, 7.2 miles round-trip, 4-6 hours, 2,700-foot gain)

3) Glacier Point (very strenuous, 9.6 miles round-trip, 4-8 hours, 3,200-foot gain)

Mile 2 on Upper Yosemite Falls trail. It felt like so much more!

Unfortunately, we weren't able to hike to the top of Half Dome because the cables weren't up. The hike to Half Dome is 16.3 miles round-trip, 10-12 hours, extremely strenuous, and 4,800-foot gain! Did I mention that I'm afraid of heights? After watching this video, I'm actually relieved we weren't able attempt it. I need some major cojones before hiking Half Dome. 

The Yosemite Valley Hiking Map will give you the distance of each trail along with elevation details.

Breathtaking panoramic views during trail to Glacier Point.

Yosemite Park Entrance Fees:

Reservations are not required to enter Yosemite. The park is open year-round, 24 hours/day.

Vehicle (7 day pass) $20
Individual (bus, foot, bicycle) $10
Yosemite One Year Pass $40
Lifetime Senior Pass (62+) $10

Campground reservations call 877.444.6777

Lodging reservations cal 801.559.5000

I can't wait to go back again! I recommend bringing plenty of food because the grocery store at Yosemite will certainly burn a hole through your wallet.

1 comment:

layana resort koh lanta said...

Yosemite Valley is one of the best camping places in California. The view here is just amazing and you will never run out of things to do. It is just the perfect place for people who love the outdoors. I look forward to get back.