Yosemite – Fall 2017 #3

Yosemite – Fall 2017 #3

Merced Grove is a very small sequoia grove near Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat entrance. It’s near the Tuolumne Grove but isn’t as popular.

An interpretive sign at the trailhead is seemingly intended to reduce visitors’ expectations, saying that the grove is Yosemite’s smallest and that it has “about 20 trees”. However, although it covers less area, Merced Grove actually has more sequoias than the nearby Tuolumne Grove. What’s more, Merced’s trees appear bigger and more varied, and its more open understory doesn’t obscure the trees. Adding to the grove’s advantages, the trail is dirt instead of paved, making the hike more enjoyable, and it doesn’t get nearly as many visitors. Finally, although the trailhead sign says to expect a 3- to 4-hour hike, it should be possible to hike to the grove and back in about half that time.

The road to the grove used to be a stagecoach route to Yosemite, and the sequoias were a major selling point of the route.

https://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/olmstead-point/olmstead-point.htm

https://www.yosemitehikes.com/hetch-hetchy/merced-grove/merced-grove.htm

Yosemite – Fall 2017 #2

Yosemite – Fall 2017 #2

Olmsted Point, along the Tioga Road, looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east–and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point. The Tioga Road is open to cars from late May or early June to sometime in November.

We only had one day to see the park again so we opted for a trail hike at Merced Grove and a drive along Tioga road to take in the breathtaking views on this beautiful fall day.

There was a small fire burning on the valley floor below…natural in origin we hope.

https://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/olmstead-point/olmstead-point.htm

Yosemite – Fall 2017 #1

Yosemite – Fall 2017 #1

Olmsted Point, along the Tioga Road, looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east–and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point. The Tioga Road is open to cars from late May or early June to sometime in November.

We only had one day to see the park again so we opted for a trail hike at Merced Grove and a drive along Tioga road to take in the breathtaking views on this beautiful fall day.

https://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/olmstead-point/olmstead-point.htm

 

 

Horsetail thru the Trees

Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan.

Wikipedia

Bridalveil Fall Yosemite

Bridalveil Fall

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Bridalveil Fall
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Bridalveil Fall as seen from Tunnel View on California State Route 41.
Location Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California.
Type Plunge
Total height 188 metres (617 ft)
Number of drops 1
World height ranking 431

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, seen yearly by millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park.[1] The waterfall is 188 metres (617 ft) in height and flows year round.[2]

The Ahwahneechee tribe believed that Bridalveil Fall was home to a vengeful spirit named Pohono who guarded the entrance to the valley and that those leaving the valley must not look directly into the waterfall lest they be cursed. They also believed that inhaling the mist of Bridalveil Fall would improve one’s chances of marriage.