[ Glacier Valley! ] Hiking Yosemite Fall Trail in Spring Part 1 優勝美地瀑布登山道之一

[ Glacier Valley! ] Hiking Yosemite Fall Trail in Spring Part 1 優勝美地瀑布登山道之一

Hiking Yosemite Fall Trail in Spring

Summary

  • Around late April was a good time visiting Yosemite with fewer visitors.
  • Caution: At late April the snow was melting, so partial trail sections might turn into creeks. Make sure you have decent hiking boots! Also top trail sections might still be covered by snow.

Post Sea Otter North Cal Travel

After this year’s Sea Otter event I decided to take a short vacation myself at north California. After juggling with a few options I decided to do a Yosemite Fall Trail hike in one day, directly back and forth from south San Francisco (typical Alan’s style of travel).

This means that I had to start driving at 4am and drive 4 hours to Yosemite, getting their before 9am to avoid bus traffic. This could easily been done in the USA thanks to loads of energy drinks :-).

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Passing through fields at dawn.

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Since I first drove a compact jeep (KIA Soul) and was worried about fuel usage, I stopped by at Mariposa to get some fuel pumping.

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Even before entering Yosemite Valley was a nice cool river valley.

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Stopping for a one-way bridge.

As we passed through the entrance gate, what welcomed us immediately was the stone tunnel.

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Passing through stone tunnel.

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As California this Winter received quite a lot of snow, the river here was fierce.

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As the two side became giant vertical stone walls we knew we were in Yosemite Valley!

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This might be El Capitan.

The Yosemite road was separated into two by the river. at first I stopped at the southern road to see the northern valley part.

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Pano view of northern Yosemite Valley and the famous Yosemite Fall.

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The famous Yosemite Fall. The Yosemite Fall Trail will go to the top.

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Look further into the Yosemite Valley.

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The Yosemite Fall was separated into three sections: the upper fall, middle passage, and the lower fall.

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Giant granite walls of Yosemite Valley.

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Hello mountain crow.

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Visitor Center and the fall.

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There was also a museum here.

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Began Yosemite Fall Trail Hike

After some walk down the valley I was ready to hit for the main hike: the Yosemite Fall Trail.

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Nice trash can stickers.

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Giant rocks from above?

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Yosemite camping ground.

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And here we began!

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When I did the hike at late April, the snow just started to melt and thus many parts of Yosemite Fall Trail was covered by water.

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Passing a small creek formed by melting snow water.

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As we moved up and up, the Yosemite Valley scenery became more and more spectacular.

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Looking up the cliff!

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Looking at the other side of the valley. If you look closer you could see a cool thin waterfall.

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Some warning tape.

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And at a turning spot we saw the famous Half Dome of Yosemite!

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Beautiful Half Dome.

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A small rock standing in my way.

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More creek crossing.

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Middle Point: Yosemite Fall Middle Section

Finally we reached the trail’s middle point, at the Yosemite Fall middle section.

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The fall carved out a tight valley at the middle section.

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Moving On: Toward the Fall’s Top

After the fall we continued to move upward toward the fall’s top. Here Yosemite Fall Trail followed a passage close to the cliffs.

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Vertical cliff directly next to the trail at this section.

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Our way through the fall’s top.

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Half Dome zoom-in.

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At this height snow began to appear.

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The tight V-shape passage we came from.

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To Part Two

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