Hiking Yosemite National Park: A Guide to 61 of the Park's Greatest Hiking Adventures

Hiking Yosemite National Park: A Guide to 61 of the Park's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Suzanne Swedo

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Overview

Lace up your boots and sample sixty-one of the finest trails Yosemite National Park has to offer. Fully updated and revised, and including color maps and photos throughout, Hiking Yosemite National Park features everything from short strolls and day hikes to multiday backcountry treks, every one of which will treat you to some of the world’s most stunning scenery and allow you to get the most out of this remarkably diverse natural wonderland.

Features:
Hikes suited to every ability
Directions to the trailheads
Trail Finder for best hikes for lakes, waterfalls, views, wildlife, and wildflowers
Difficulty ratings and average hike times
Trip-planning information, including permits, local lodging and campgrounds, and best hiking seasons for every featured hike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493017737
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Series: Regional Hiking Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 42 MB
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About the Author

Suzanne Swedo, director of W.I.L.D., teaches wilderness survival and natural sciences at universities, museums, and organizations such as Yosemite Association and the Sierra Club. She has backpacked the mountains of every continent and led groups into the wilderness for over thirty years. Her books include Wilderness Survival, Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness, Best Easy Day Hikes Yosemite National Park, and Adventure Travel Tips (Falcon).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

How to Use This Guide 1

Life in Yosemite 3

Geology 4

History 6

Leave No Trace 7

Wilderness Permits 9

Bears 11

A Few Words of Caution 12

Trail Finder 16

Map Legend 21

The Hikes

The Valley Floor 22

1 East Valley Floor 24

2 West Valley Floor 28

3 Glacier Point via the Four Mile Trail 32

4 Happy Isles to the Top of Nevada Fall 36

5 Mirror Lake-Tenaya Canyon Loop 41

6 Yosemite Falls 45

7 Half Dome 49

The South Rim of Yosemite Valley 55

8 Taft Point and The Fissures 56

9 Sentinel Dome 60

10 McGurk Meadow 63

11 The Pohono Trail 66

12 The Panorama Trail-Glacier Point to Nevada Fail 71

The North Rim of Yosemite Valley 75

13 Tioga Road to the Top of Yosemite Falls and Eagle Peak 76

14 Porcupine Creek to North Dome 80

15 The North Rim 84

16 Tuolumne Grove 90

17 Merced Grove 93

Honorable Mention: El Capitan from Tamarack Flat 96

The High Sierra Camps 97

18 Merced Lake High Sierra Camp 98

19 Vogelsang High Sierra Camp 103

20 May Lake High. Sierra Camp 108

21 Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp 111

22 Sunrise High Sierra Camp 116

23 The High Sierra Camp Loop 120

The Southern Park 127

24 Mariposa Grove of Big Trees 128

25 Chilnualna Fall 133

26 Buena Vista Crest 137

27 Wawona Meadow 142

28 Gander Lake 145

29 Ottoway Lakes 148

30 The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass 152

31 Merced River High Trail 159

32 Chain Lakes 165

Honorable Mention: Alder Creek Falls 170

South of Tuolumne Meadows 171

33 Tenaya Lake 172

34 Clouds Rest 175

35 Cathedral Lakes 179

36 Elizabeth Lake 183

37 Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River 186

38 Mono Pass 191

Honorable Mention: Polly Dome Lakes 195

North of Tuolumne Meadows 196

39 Waterwheel Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 197

40 Lukens Lake 203

41 Ten Lakes 206

42 Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge 211

43 Dog Lake 214

44 Lembert Dome 217

45 Young Lakes 221

46 Gaylor Lakes 225

Honorable Mention: White Wolf to Harden Lake 228

Hetch Hetchy 229

47 Wapama Falls 231

48 Rancheria Falls 235

49 Laurel Lake 239

50 Lake Vernon and Tiltill Valley 243

51 Jack Main Canyon and Tilden-Lake 247

Honorable Mention: Smith Meadow and Smith Peak 252

The North Boundary Country 253

52 Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin 255

53 Lundy Canyon 259

54 Green Creek 263

55 Virginia Lakes Basin 267

56 Matterhorn Canyon and the Sawtooth Range 271

57 Benson Pass-Northeast Yosemite Grand Tour 276

58 McCabe Lakes 282

59 Piute Mountain-Peeler Lake Loop 287

Two Famous Trails 292

60 The John Muir Trail 293

61 The Pacific Crest Trail 298

Appendix A Further Reading 304

Appendix B Hiker's Checklist 305

Hike Index 307

About the Author 309

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