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Things to do in Yosemite

Yosemite Valley View - photo by BigFrank

Yosemite Valley View - photo by BigFrank

Yosemite packs in so much jaw-dropping beauty that it makes even Switzerland look like God’s practice run. In America’s third largest park, the heights are dizzying, the mist from the falls drenching, and the majestic silhouettes of El Capitan and Half Dome striking against the crisp blue sky.

Lonely Planet

Temperature in August: max 32ºC (90ºF) – min 12ºC (53ºF)

Meadow-carpeted Yosemite Valley is 7 miles (11.2 km) long (…) hemmed in by some of the most spectacular chunks of granite Nature has wrought anywhere on earth. The most famous are the monumental El Capitán (7569 ft – 2,3 km) and Half Dome (8842 ft – 2,69 km). (…) You’ll have great views of both from Valley View on the valley floor, but for the classic foto head up Hwy 41 to Tunnel View.

Yosemite Falls is considered the tallest in North America, droppin 2425 ft – 739 m in three tiers.

Any aspiring Ansel Adams should lug their camera gear along the 1-mile paved trail to Mirror Lake early or late in the day to catch the ever-shifting reflection of Half Dome in the still waters. The lake all but dries up by late summer.

(In Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias) the star of the show is the Grizzly Giant, a behemoth that sprang some 2700 years ago. You should arrive early in the morning or after 6pm.

California, Lonely Planet.

Things to do in Yosemite

  • Hike the Half Dome Trail (for example), one of the most spectacular trails in the world (27.4 km round-trip) and/or the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail (6 mi / 9.6 km round-trip).
  • Horseback riding. There are two-hour ($59), half-day ($79) and full-day ($119) trail rides. Custom guided trips are also available.
  • Overnight backpacking trips to truly live nature.
  • Be careful with bears.




Rattlesnake bite in Yosemite

Nice video I found searching “Yosemite”. Changed your mind about sleeping there in a tent? Haha. Just bare in mind that there are snakes in the wild sometimes.

A young man was bitten in Yosemite National Park (California) by a rattlesnake. His arm seamed unrecoverable and his life on threat. After 20 months in hell and $700,000 in helicopters, hospitals and surgeries (13), the young man has regained 80% of the mobility of the arm.

Un joven fue mordido en el parque de Yosemite (California) por una serpiente de cascabel. El brazo parecía ser irrecuperable y su vida corría un gran riesgo. Tras 20 meses de infierno y después de desembolsar 700.000 dólares entre vuelos de helicópteros, hospitales y operaciones (13 en total), el joven ha podido recuperar un 80% de la movilidad en el brazo afectado.

Yosemite, la gran reserva de California

English readers: sorry this post is in Spanish, but it’s an excerpt of a magazine edited in Spanish (Viajes, by National Geographic). I will translate it if I have a chance, but meanwhile, there are lots of interesting links in this blog about the Yosemite National Park in California.

Yosemite es el primer parque nacional de Estados Unidos. Junto con las vecinas reservas de secuoyas y el Cañón de los Reyes, forma un formidable santuario natural de casi 4000 m2. Cuenta con un monolito de granito de 1.095 m de altura (El Capitán) y un salto de agua de 739 m de caída (Upper Yosemite), así como diversa fauna: el ciervo mulo, el muflón, el oso negro, el coyote, el puma, la lechuza cornuda y el majestuoso cóndor americano, entre otros.

Mapa de Yosemite National Park, California, EEUU

El primer europeo que lo recorrió fue el catalán Gabriel Moraga el dia de Reyes de 1806. El presidente Abraham Lincoln lo convirtió en 1980 en el primer parque nacional de Norteamérica, para salvar las secuoyas de la explotación madedera. En 1984 fue declarado Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco.

Portada de la revista Viajes de National Geographic de Mayo

En el número de mayo de la revista Viajes de National Geographic hay un reportaje sobre el parque de Yosemite. En la web de la revista hay un resumen, y aquí, un poco piratilla, un scan del artículo en PDF. He puesto links directos en la columna derecha donde pone “Travel Guides”. A disfrutar!