Friday, May 15, 2009

Yosemite National Park

I have always wanted to visit all the major national parks in the U.S.  Since we have time off and live in California, it was only natural for us to take a trip to Yosemite National Park.  The park extends from 2000 feet to more than 13,000 feet above sea level and covers about 761,266 acres or about 1,189 square miles. 

Vernal Falls is one of the shortest (317 feet) and most spectacular trails in the park. You get very close to a water falls, and very wet, as you climb 1.3 miles to the top.

Still climbing...
Top of Vernal Falls

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon. The 16-mile round-trip hike to Half Dome is not for you if you are out of shape or unprepared. You will be gaining elevation (for a total of 4,800 feet) most of your way to the top of Half Dome. This trip we did not climb to the top but I hope to next time we visit the park.

You can see Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls in the picture below. Gives you an idea how high Half Dome is to hike compare to the falls
Picture shows Vernal Falls (lower) and Nevada Falls which we hiked.

After reaching the top of Vernal Falls, the trail takes you to Nevada Falls. It is 1.5 miles to the top walking up a steep rocky slope path that zig-zags.

Top of Nevada Falls
Liberty Cap
More beautiful falls

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