Hiking in Yosemite National Park

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spc @spcAugust 2018 · 5 min read

Yosemite National Park, California

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A month or two ago, before the California wildfires closed the park, I spent two days traveling through Yosemite National Park. I was well into California on my road trip from Oregon to New Jersey when my partner and I decided that we'd be close enough to Yosemite to take a detour and spend a few days in the park. This last minute decision turned out to be the perfect way to spend two days.

Yosemite runs along the central western border of the state and offers views of rugged mountains and dry forests. This landscape greatly contrasts the sun-bleached oceanside towns that come to mind at the mention of California and helps convey the geological variation throughout the state.

I hadn't seen too many pictures of Yosemite before we arrived so I was immediately struck by the vastness of the terrain. When driving through the mountains to enter the park, the elevation gain is so intense that signs recommend drivers turn off their air conditioning during their accent so their car won't overheat. Once atop these mountains though, the view is spectacular. The mountain range stretches for miles in every direction and the sharp edges of the cliffs create a beautiful sense of desolation.

The picture above was taken just on a pull off along the road and conveys just how submersed in nature you feel while driving through the park.

The Hike

The main hike my partner and I did was a few miles up a mountain to a lake. We prioritized driving through the park to see the main attractions (The Half Dome, El Capitan, etc.) so we weren't left with too much extra time for our hike. Thus, we ended up take about two or three hours to see this lake which was recommended to us by a park ranger.

The hike started in a parking lot mid way up the mountain and required driving on a secluded dirt road, which could easily be missed if you didn't know it was there. This meant the trail had far fewer hikers and made for a more isolated hiking experience.

Just outside the parking lot we came across a pond, which reflected the surrounding area beautifully.

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This was a really nice start to the hike and the rest did not disappoint. The trail snaked up the side of the mountain with moderate tree cover, which was really nice since the heat from the sun is pretty intense in this part of the country. Eventually though, we broke tree cover and had some fantastic views of the surrounding mountains.

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All along the trails are these lovely mountain flowers, which add nice spots of color to the predominantly grey landscape.

Eventually, we made it to the top of the mountain where the trail ends and you can explore the lake.

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From here you are welcome to wonder around the lake (although you're asked not to swim). We walked along the water's edge for a little while and took some more pictures along the way.

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I felt this photo captured the scale of the mountain's peak which towers above you as you circle the lake.

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I love the way the dead wood looks in this part of the country. The dryness of the air has warped and twisted the wood and the sun has bleached it white.

After some time at the lake we heard thunder in the distance and decided to head back to our car. The route was an out and back and it was threatening to rain so I stopped taking pictures on the return journey.

The way back

We were staying in Mammoth Lakes, which is about 40 minutes outside the park, so we planned to leave around sun down. In the late afternoon we pulled off the road and walked through a meadow. We hadn't seen very much wildlife at this point but in the meadow we came across a friendly elk. It seemed pretty accustom to humans and I was able to follow it and get a fairly good picture despite not having a zoom lens on me.

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We hung out in the meadow for a little while and decided to leave as the sun was getting low in the sky. The drive out of the park requires you to go over some mountains, which meant we ended up with a spectacular view of the sunset. We pulled over and took a few more pictures and watched the sun set over the mountains.

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We had an excellent time here and I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone in the area. It's the kind of place were you can spend a day or month and have a great time. There are tons of hikes and lots to see.

Thanks for reading.


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Amazing pictures! I'd love to hike overnight through a national park, must be a great experience :)


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spc @spcAugust 2018

It was really wonderful to be there! I didn't actually overnight hike while I was there (we didn't have enough time unfortunately), we stayed in a hostel in Mammoth Lakes, but Yosemite is really best explored with backpacking trips. A lot of the park is only accessible by hiking trails and you can see much more that way.


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Hi @spc,

Love the stunning photos of such a majestic place. I think my favorite is photo #2. I am always a sucker for photos that make good use of reflections, and that one is amazing.

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spc @spcAugust 2018

Hi Gene,
I'm thrilled about the opportunity to be featured in the Author Showcase and I really appreciate the support from @curie and all of its curators. Everyone involved in curie makes steemit a much more rewarding experience, so I just wanted to thank you for your time and effort.

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This is a gorgeous travel post @spc. I'm glad you're back and pinning them to SWM. Your photos are stunning as per usual. Makes me want to go there.


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spc @spcAugust 2018

Thank you so much! I really appreciate you keeping me on your radar and supporting my content. SWM is an awesome project and I'm glad to be apart of it.


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harkar @harkarAugust 2018

Great shot from a beautiful area. Must be fun to hiking in Yosemite national park.


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Thank you! Yosemite and the Redwoods national forest are probably my favorite California hikes, I strongly recommend them if you make it to that part of the United States.


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harkar
harkar @harkarAugust 2018

I would love to hike there, but I am living in Norway and do most of my hikes there, but fun to see pictures from other part of the world.


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Norway looks like a beautiful country from what I've seen and I'd love to visit!


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I am in love with the crystal lake in your picture number 5! I have seen rarely a clear water like this!

Next time we jump in ;-)

Thant’s for sharing your fantastic impressions with us ✌️


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Thank you!


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Hiking is fun and I believe you had fun exploring the mountains..

The pond looks incredibly beautiful and refreshing. I love the view of the mountain as well, It will be fun hiking up there.
Looks like the Elk was waiting for you to come take a shot of him, lol.


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spc @spcAugust 2018

Lol the elk was trickier to photograph than it should have been. I had followed it for about 10 minutes before I could get it to look at the camera


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Wow! And it looks like it was effortlessly taken... I guess you were determined to get the best shot, and it did work out!


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Lol thank you for all the compliments! Its always nice when hanging out with an animal from a distance pays off


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Oh yeah, it is!


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Nick @mrbootsAugust 2018

They're all very beautiful pictures! But the third picture of the rocky mountain side really blew me away. Great work!


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Thanks so much!


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Great views, man!


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spc
spc @spcAugust 2018

Thank you!


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This is such a nice post with amazing photos. It looks like you had a beautiful day. Congratulations on the curie vote and steemitworldmap feature. You absolutely deserved it!


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spc @spcAugust 2018

Thank you so much! I felt really lucky to be able to visit.


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Thank you so much! I
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