There is no place in the world like Yosemite! Whether you are driving around the Valley, wandering through the giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove, drinking lemonade at the Wawona Lodge, climbing Half Dome, looking out from Glacier Point, swimming in Tenaya Lake, or backpacking in the high country — every visitor owes a prayer of gratitude to John Muir and all the people who helped preserve this unique wilderness. (Sadly, the average visitor to Yosemite sees none of this because they drive in and out of the Yosemite Valley in just one day and many never even leave their vehicle.) Here is a link to the official website. Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite is a backpacker’s paradise (unless you don’t like bears, bear canisters, rangers, rules, permits, and crowds of people!) On the other hand, there are 750 miles of trail through some of the most beautiful wilderness area in the world. (The Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail both wind through the Park.) Yosemite Backpacking Info If you ever have the chance to get to Glen Aulin, take it. And the Pate Valley, Vogelsang, Tuolumne Meadows, Smedburg Lake, Lyell Canyon, 10 Lakes, and Hetch Hetchy aren’t bad either!
High Sierra Trailcamps
For those who want to take their family on an easy outing, or people who just want to get away, try booking tent-cabins at the High Sierra Trailcamps. There are five camps, about a day’s hike apart. They provide accommodations (tent cabin), food (rustic but tasty), and basic necessities. They will even carry you and your bags into camp on a mule in some cases. Warning. If you need luxury, these camps are not for you. But if you like to get out into the woods (in beautiful Yosemite) and hang out with rangers, backpackers, and bears, then do it. Registration is by lottery, but if you are flexible on dates, you can usually get a reservation. Check out this map.
Half Dome Day Hike
This is a 16+ mile hike for people in good condition, with the right boots, and who are not afraid of heights. The official web site provides some good information about the hike. Half Dome Hike Be warned. More than 60 people have died climbing Half Dome. These tips on surviving the cables are a good starting point. Survival Tips But don’t be intimidated, thousands of people get to the top and back down every year – and you can too! Permits are now required to climb Half Dome.
White Wolf to Ten Lakes to Glen Aulin to Tuolumne Meadows: A true story about Scouts, Bears, Waterfalls, and Forest Fires.
Your turn. Have you ever done Scout backpacking in Yosemite? Or climbed Half Dome – like in this video?