Landmarks/ Points of Interest in Yosemite National Park

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Points of Interest & Landmarks in Yosemite National Park

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  • AdventureGal
    Sacramento, CA11 contributions
    We hiked up half dome last weekend. We were a group of 6 (3 adults-2M/1F in their late forties, two 17 yrs old boys and one 13 yr old girl). The adults had been practicing hiking every Sunday for last 2+ months. Kids only went hiking couple of times. On the hike day we woke up by 4:30 and got ready to leave House Keeping camp by 5:15. We parked at the trail head parking and at 5:40 am we were at the Happy Isles to start our hike.
    We reached Vernal falls by 6:40 am, and took 45 mins break there for breakfast and restroom.
    We reached Nevada Falls by 8:15 am, took another break for snacks and restroom.
    We walked the Little Yosemite valley, it felt long and never ending. We reached bottom of base dome by 11:30am.
    We reached base of half dome by 12:15 pm. Climbing base dome was very tiring.
    We started the cables section around 12:30 and reached the top by 12:50. I felt the cables was the most challenging and dangerous part of the hike.
    We ate some snacks on top, posed for pics at the iconic lip/wedge and then started descending the cables around 1:30 since rain was in the forecast.
    Reached the bottom of the cables around 1:50, wind had picked up speed by then, it was blowing at 25m/h and it rained for couple mins which scared everyone.
    We kept walking till we reached bottom of base dome where there was less wind. We ate our sandwiches for lunch and then started the long walk to Nevada Falls. It again seemed never ending. We soaked our tired feet in the river near Nevada falls and rested for some time and then took the John Muir trail to reach the foot bridge of Vernal falls. The 2 teenage boys were ahead of us and reached the parking 2 hrs before us. By the team we reached parking lot it was around 7pm. Overall it was a beautiful hike but everyone was exhausted by the end of it.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • badmaru
    San Jose, CA243 contributions
    Tuolumne Grove is an awesome plane to visit even in the winter. The area is so beautiful and quiet especially in the winter. We did not wear snowshoes, but still managed to do some hiking. If you have then, definitely bring them to make it easier. If you have young kids, a sled makes a big difference. Our kiddo enjoyed the trail because she didn’t have to hike and she got to sled.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • Claudia10229
    Dallas, TX316 contributions
    Plenty of parking to view wonderful scenery. You can climb on the rocks and there are steps going down to a path. Walk the entire length of the sidewalk to view different parts of the park.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Brian R
    Northridge, CA902 contributions
    This is an absolutely an amazing building! Be sure to take your time and wander through this hotel's public areas! Well worth the time!
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • Judy A
    Urbana46 contributions
    Beautiful but crowded. The drive through to the valley is the best part. Around the lodges and restaurants it is packed with people. Lots to do outdoors but not a serene environment.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • ssb
    Cape May, NJ44 contributions
    Having seen an Ansel Adams exhibit at the MET in the late 1980s, I was so eager to visit this place. I was shocked to see that about 1/4 of the place had his photos while the rest of the place was like a glorified souvenir store, more than an actual gallery. I would visit again, though.
    Written 21 May 2021
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  • John S
    Cape Coral, FL834 contributions
    This would be a ten star rating if possible. The view was spectacular with Half Dome, Vernal Falls, and Nevada Falls all in the same shot. This viewpoint is possibly the best in all of Yosemite.
    Written 18 May 2021
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  • John P
    Santa Clara, CA250 contributions
    The trail is better to be hiked clockwise. It starts at the west end of the parking lot, a big curve to the foot of the Dome. There is no clear path to the top of the dome, but most people will start to climb when they meet the first fork , left side leads you to the top of Dome, it is less steep. The right fork leads along the edge of the meadow to the Tuolumne River. Once you climb to the top, and plan to descend the dome, you just head straight North, you will reach the trail along the river. Follow the trail and the water sound, you reach the Secret Tuolumne River Cascade. It is a picturesque cascade and a good swimming pit.
    Once you are done with the cascade, you can follow the trail between the river and dome, and return to the parking lot in a mile. Be sure to check the Cathedral Peak and other surrounding mountains along the return path.
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • DPMALLIC
    London, UK2,298 contributions
    Sentinel Bridge is located just after the Yosemite Chapel. We had an excellent view of Half Dome reflected on the Merced River. The location is excellent for photo shoot.
    Written 10 September 2018
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  • Tina T
    Dardenne Prairie, MO1,117 contributions
    No matter how many of these trees you see, they all amaze you. It's hard to imagine just how tall they are. Make sure to go see all of the stumps left from the 1800's when they were cutting them down
    Written 18 November 2019
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  • jkweebs
    Omaha, NE520 contributions
    We did this trail one morning thinking it would be a good second level hike after getting acclimated to the area. It had way more elevation change than expected. The first mile or so is really fairly easy. But once you are about a mile from Indian Rock it is a good climb up at a steady increase. Once you see the rock it is at a good 45 degree incline for the last 200 to 300 yards. It was definitely worth it to see the arch and we only ever saw 4 other people the entire time. The kicker is on your way back there is a lot of down hill but the uphills are at a steeper grade and the last 3/4 of a mile is back up to the parking lot so save some energy. All in All a good hike with some great views, just be ware and take your time..
    Written 25 June 2018
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  • mesatraveler
    Mesa, AZ890 contributions
    There are several larger falls around Yosemite but this one on the north side is well worth a look or stop. You can see it on the park shuttle and take a nearby stop if you want to linger a bit.
    Written 26 May 2019
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  • Joseph Robba
    Charlotte, NC2,080 contributions
    The area near the bridge was a great one for walking the rivers edge, and letting the kids get their feet wet in the River and skip some stones. Nice place to take it slow.
    Written 10 October 2020
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  • John O
    Los Angeles, CA1,069 contributions
    This is a classic old bridge over the Merced River that is close to Curry Village. Not worth going out of your way but it is beautiful like everything else in the Valley.
    Written 12 June 2019
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  • ELKW
    United States11,507 contributions
    it's a nice walk in the Happy isles, there is bridge, you may walk on it. the trail there is a leisure walk, you can use stroller as well.
    Written 10 May 2020
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