One of the most magnificent sights in the U.S. is Yosemite National Park. Sadly, everyone knows this, which makes the main road in the Valley horribly overcrowded. But with a day’s hiking you can achieve solitude and superb views.
Reader Mehul sent some photos he took in the Yosemite area (his full set of photos is here). His notes are indented below:
I wanted to share some photos from a recent 60-mile backpacking trip through Yosemite and Ansel Adams Wilderness. I have been going to Yosemite for a long time, but the majesty of the place never ceases to amaze me.Half Dome & Yosemite Falls from Panorama Trail. This was a training hike for the backpacking trip, called The Yosemite Grand Traverse.
Infamous cables on Half Dome. The squirrels and marmuts were scaling this 45-60+ degree incline effortlessly.
One of our companions on The Visor on top of Half Dome.
Some kind of a squirrel. They are domesticated and daring!
Burned out area near our camp, close to Cloud’s Rest. Mt. Clarke is seen in the background.
Wildflowers near the burned out area.
Not sure if this is another squirrel or a marmot. We saw both.
Cathedral Peak at sunset:
Lower Cathedral Lake lookout panorama.