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06/23/2011 10:01:32 PM · #1
Im gunna be camping in Yosemite national park for 4 days on my birthday, and Im wondering who's been. Where are some good places to hike to get some great views? Feel free to post some sample shots :D
06/23/2011 10:25:54 PM · #2
21_F.gif PennyClick and I just got back from there:

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Tunnel view, entering the valley from the Wawona Road, is the classic view. That's where those pictures are. Glacier Point, if the road's open, is sublime. Lots of lovely places in the valley, of course. I'm not up to date on hiking trails because we were there in stormy weather and didn't wander far.

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06/23/2011 11:07:28 PM · #3
you can't take a bad Photo there.... its amazing I went last week and it blew me away.
06/23/2011 11:08:01 PM · #4
Where are you camping? In the valley or at one of the high country campgrounds?

To avoid the crowds head towards Tioga Pass on Hwy 120. Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, and all points in between have options. I'm not sure how easy you could get trail permits, but a day hike to Cathedral Peak/Lakes is a nice option.

Depending on your desired effort level, the mist trail to the top of Vernal Falls is great. Keep hiking and you'll end up at the top of Nevada falls -- another few hours will get you to the top of Half Dome(need permits for Half Dome hike).

Glacier Point road, Olmstead Point, etc, are all worth visiting.

Bottom line -- roll out of your tent door and you will be surrounded by multiple picture opps.
06/24/2011 12:04:08 AM · #5
I love May lake (1 1/2 hours) and cathedral lakes(4 hours), easy hikes to great fishing and beautiful lakeside camping. While the high meadows are the best place to hike and camp, be sure to save time to visit the valley.
06/24/2011 12:18:48 AM · #6
I am working there right now! :-D
Ok, so more like 45minute drive away from the actual park, but we still got the mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Its absolutely gorgeous and the waterfalls are awesome right now!
Anyways, I really can't give that much advice since I have only been here for a week, and done very little actual traveling around.
One thing I can definitely recommend is the El Cap Swing. Its basically this rope that hangs from El Cap, and you harness yourself in and swing across the canyon incredibly high in the sky. You need to bring your own equipment (aka harness and helmet,which you can probably rent), but its absolutely killer, and is not known about by most tourists. Here is a video by a friend to show you you:El Cap Swing Just watch like the first 50 seconds, the rest isn't really relevant

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03/13/2012 10:27:09 PM · #7
I too will be camping in Yosemite. We will be south of the valley at the end of April.

Great photos 21.gif Bear_Music. Thanks for sharing!

Any additional advice/tips for Yosemite? Favorite trails or must see locations?
04/06/2012 07:01:04 AM · #8
I went on a road trip there in September. Pictures here:
//samchadwickphoto.com/gallery/california-valleys-canyons/
If you can, go across the Tioga Pass. It's stunning, especially the open heath half way across.
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