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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Yosemite includes within its boundaries 1,170 square miles, many dozens of lakes, and peaks reaching to 13,000 feet.  Several roads from California's Central Valley approach the Park from the west and south; and one road approaches from the east, crossing the main crest of the Sierra Nevada range at 10,000 ft. Tioga Pass.   As a generalization, there are two Yosemites.  The more famous is Yosemite Valley, with its spectacular waterfalls, 3,000 ft. glacier-carved rock walls, and prominent rock formations including El Capitan and Half Dome.  Less publicized, but also spectacular, is the high country.  Tuolumne Meadows, at 8,600 ft. and traversed by the Tioga Pass Road, provides a beautiful starting point for a multitude of trails leading to the high mountain peaks and passes.  The photo album that follows first shows scenes in Yosemite Valley, as well as views down into the Valley as seen from Glacier Point, 3,000 ft. above the Valley on its south side.  Then there are scenes from Tuolumne Meadows and some of the country along the Tioga Pass Road. 

 

BRIDALVEIL FALLS and EL CAPITAN  (Viewed from the Wawona Tunnel)

 

 

 

 

  

     UPPER YOSEMITE FALLS  -  1982

 

 

YOSEMITE FALLS viewed from GLACIER POINT

YOSEMITE FALLS   (Telephoto View)

 

 

The AHWAHNEE Hotel

Lunch in the AHWAHNEE's Huge Dining Room

 

 

TENAYA CANYON and HALF DOME

                 NEVADA FALL and YOSEMITE HIGH COUNTRY

 

 

                         GLACIER POINT view of VERNAL & NEVADA FALLS  (2007)

                                  GLACIER POINT view of VERNAL & NEVADA FALLS  (Circa 1960)

                             

 

MIST TRAIL CLIMBS ALONGSIDE VERNAL FALL

ALONG THE MIST TRAIL

 
 

 

 

                                                            MERCED RIVER IN LITTLE YOSEMITE VALLEY

 

 

 

 

Moving Now to the High Country:

 

Near TIOGA PASS   (July 1982)

TENAYA LAKE   (View from Tioga Pass Road)

 

 

Below MT. CONNESS

GREENSTONE LAKE

 

 

TUOLUMNE FALLS below TUOLUMNE MEADOWS

TUOLUMNE RIVER in TUOLUMNE MEADOWS

RIVER CLOSE-UP