Yosemite National Park Journals

3 days in Yosemite Park

A May 2002 trip to Yosemite National Park by thalakola

vernal falls Photo, Yosemite National Park, California More Photos
Quote: Yosemite in summer is something to be seen. The waterfalls are at their best, rivers and streams flow strong and most of the park is accessible. And yes, I saw most of the park in three days and you can too. I also found out that I am stronger than I think.

3 days in Yosemite Park

Overview

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The highlights of my trip are looking at the Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point and hiking to the top of Vernal and Nevada falls by Mist Trail.

Quick Tips:

The best time of the year to go to see ahd hike to the water falls is in May or June.

Best Way To Get Around:

The best way to get around is the free shuttle bus in the Yosemite Valley. You can drive to other parks of the park by car.

Tuolumne Meadows

Attraction

snowcapped mountain Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Since I entered via the oak flat entrance, the first road signs that I saw said that I could go straight to Yosemite Valley, or turn to go to Tuolumne Meadows (I still cannot pronounce this correctly). I took a turn to get onto the Tioga Road and headed for the meadows. This scenic route took me through forests, meadows and lakes at elevations ranging between 6000 feet and 9000 feet or more! There was still some snow on the ground. My first stop was at the Tenaya Lake. The water was crystal clear; I could see stones at the bottom of the lake, and snow-capped mountains surrounded it. I somehow got the courage to ask a big woman to take a picture of me standing at the lake. Next, I stopped at Tuolu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Yosemite Valley

Attraction

bridal viel falls Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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Believe it or not, the whole Sierra Nevada region, including the Yosemite Valley, was submerged beneath the sea 500 million years ago, and has since evolved into what we see today. Yosemite Valley is famous for waterfalls and huge granite mountains, and there are many waterfalls. The most popular are the Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall and Nevada fall. May or June is the best time of the year to see these falls. After entering the valley, the first waterfall I saw was the Bridalveil fall. It falls 620 feet to the valley floor below. Next I stopped at the swinging bridge. I saw a beautiful meadow and the Merced River, surrounded by huge granite mountains with upper Yosemite falls in e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Glacier Point

Attraction

watefalls from glaciero point Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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I woke up at 10 AM in the morning, took a quick shower, and headed to Yosemite Park again. So, instead of taking the south entrance as originally planned (if you call it planning), I reached the park via Highway 140 from Merced. The plan for the day was to see both Glacier point and Wawona. I arrived Glacier point in the afternoon. The road was narrow and I had to drive slowly and carefully, but the view of the valley from here is something that you can never forget; you can look 3214 feet down to the valley floor. You can also see Half Dome, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls from here. Half Dome is one of the most distinctive and recognizable features in the park. It rises to an elevation of more th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

wawona hotel Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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From Glacier point, I went to Wawona. The Wawona hotel is a historic landmark and is the oldest resort in the state of California. It's been operating since 1856. It is cluster of eight buildings and offers old-fashioned hospitality for those who like the charm of the bygone era. There is a 9 hole golf course too, so if you want to play 18 holes, you just have to do it twice. I saw a horse drawn carriage with kids and some elders going around the Wawona hotel. There is a free shuttle bus from Wawona to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia trees. Although it is only 7 miles from Wawona, I decided to take the shuttle bus there. At Mariposa grove, I took the tree tram and looked at the giant trees with ast...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

vernal falls Photo, Yosemite National Park, California
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I woke up by 6 AM and reached Yosemite Valley by 8:30 AM. I parked my car in Yosemite Village and took the shuttle to Stop #16. There are many trails in the Yosemite Valley, but the most popular one in Yosemite Valley is the mist trail that takes you to the top of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. The other trails are Four-Mile trail and Panorama trail, both of which trails take you to Glacier Point from the valley. You can make life easier by starting at Glacier point and hiking down these trails. After reaching stop #16, I got onto the Mist Trail and started on the strenuous climb to the top of Vernal Falls. After walking for almost half an hour, I reached a bridge that offered a spectacular view ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2002

Getting There

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Arch Rock Entrance Photo,
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I started from my home in Mountain View, CA early in the morning at 6 AM and reached Yosemite Park (Oak Flat Entrance) by 9:45 AM. I took Highway 120 to get there. This is a mountainous route. I had to drive slowly and carefully. On the second and third day of my trip I entered the park via Highway 140 (Arch Rock Entrance) and most of the highway was a flat road and for about 10 miles the road runs parallel to the Merced River. I wouldn't pick one over the other. But, I learned that highway 140 is the best route to Yosemite Valley in winter and you may not even need snow chains. Other ways to enter the valley include via Highway 41 (south entrance) and Tioga Pass entrance (open only in summer). Guess...Read More
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If you like what you have read and seen and like to get in touch with this traveler, email to vthalakola@yahoo.com. I will reply to you at my earliest convenience. Hope to hear from you.