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Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

When people think of Yosemite National Park, they think of valleys, meadows, lakes, and mountains. The grandeur of this national park is the reason why it draws millions of people each year. Here you will find more than 800 miles of trails to explore. You can spend a week here and not have time to see everything. To make the most of your trip to Yosemite, here are some popular trails that you want to consider.

Yosemite National Park has several entrances but most people using come from the West entrance. This will take you to Yosemite Valley. This valley is only 7 miles long and 1 mile wide. Within the valley you could spend several days exploring it. If you enjoy climbing vertical mountain walls, then head over to El Capitan. El Capitan goes straight up to more than 3000 ft.

For something less dangerous, you can hike to Half Dome. You can get to the Half Dome from the Mist Trail. The total round trip would take 14 miles. You may want to plan for staying a night or two in the campgrounds if you plan on taking this hike. Along the trail you will see Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. The hike up the half dome can only be done from mid-May to October. That is when the cables are put up so that you can have something to hold on to as you make the ascent up. Once you make it to the top, the view is spectacular. This is one of the trails that you have to do if you go to Yosemite.

For a view of a nice waterfall, you can visit Bridalveil Fall. The hike to the falls is very short. It is only 1.2 miles round trip. Bridalveil Fall is famous for its mist when the wind blows. You may want to bring a rain coat because you will get wet.

To get a sweeping view of the valley floor, hike up to Columbia Rock. This point is a viewpoint about a third of the way up the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. From Columbia Rock you get a great view of the Half Dome and the Cathedral Spires. From Columbia Rock, you may choose to continue your hike on to the Upper Yosemite Falls.

For an easy walk around the Yosemite Valley, walk along the boardwalk which takes you around Sentinel and Cook's Meadow. In the spring and summer you will see a lot of wildflowers blooming. You also get a great view of the Yosemite Falls. In the meadow you may catch a glimpse of deer and other wild animals.


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