Moon Best of Yosemite: Make the Most of One to Three Days in the Park

Moon Best of Yosemite: Make the Most of One to Three Days in the Park

by Ann Marie Brown
Moon Best of Yosemite: Make the Most of One to Three Days in the Park

Moon Best of Yosemite: Make the Most of One to Three Days in the Park

by Ann Marie Brown


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Whether you're visiting the park for a day hike or spending a long weekend under the stars, escape to the great outdoors with Moon Best of Yosemite. Inside you'll find:
  • Easy itineraries for one to three days in Yosemite National Park, from a morning drive along the Tioga Pass Road, to a day hike along the Panorama Trail, to a full weekend exploring the park
  • The top hikes in Yosemite: Whether you're looking to stretch your legs for a couple hours or challenge yourself to an epic trek, you'll find trailheads, detailed trail descriptions, individual maps, mileage, and elevation gains
  • Can't-miss experiences: Make it the perfect getaway for you with the best waterfalls, views, picnic spots, and more. Ride the open-air tram through Yosemite Valley or hike downhill from Glacier Point past roaring waterfalls. Admire the towering trees in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, or spot black bears and bighorn sheep
  • Stunning full-color photos and maps throughout, plus a full-color foldout map
  • Essential planning tips: Find out when to go, where to stay, and what to pack, plus up-to-date information on entrance fees, reservations, and safety advice
  • Know-how from outdoorswoman and Yosemite expert Ann Marie Brown
Make the most of your adventure with Moon Best of Yosemite.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640495128
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 05/18/2021
Series: Travel Guide
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 361,214
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ann Marie Brown made her first solo trip to Yosemite at age 22. Like many first-time visitors, she was immediately inspired by the Valley's sheer granite walls and shimmering waterfalls. Parking her car at the first trailhead she saw, she set off on the Four-Mile Trail. Carrying nothing but a water bottle, she intended to hike only a short distance but was so wowed by the scenery that she kept on walking. Two hours later she found herself at Glacier Point, considered by many to be the grandest viewpoint in the West. Scanning the scene, she noticed tourists dressed in everything from high heels to a nun's habit, and realized that she could have driven to Glacier Point instead of walking. Ann Marie vowed she'd never again go hiking without a map.

More than two decades later, Ann Marie has gained substantially more outdoor savvy and is a dedicated California outdoorswoman. She hikes, camps, and bikes more than 150 days each year. She is the author of 13 Moon guides, including several outdoors titles, like Moon101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area, and is the co-author of Moon California Hiking with Tom Stienstra. Her work has also appeared in Sunset, VIA, and California magazines.

Table of Contents

Welcome To Yosemite 6

Best Day in Yosemite 8

Seasons of Yosemite 20

Best of the Best 24

Best Hikes 26

Best Views 28

Best Waterfalls 29

Indigenous Peoples of Yosemite 32

Best Scenic Drive 35

Traveling Sustainably in Yosemite 35

Yosemite Valley 38

Yosemite Valley 3 Ways 45

Highlights 51

Best Hikes 56

Backpacking 69

Biking 70

Water Sports 71

Rock Climbing 72

Winter Sports 73

Food 74

Camping 78

Lodging 81

Information and Services | Transportation 85

Glacier Point and Wawona 88

Glacier Point and Wawona 3 Ways 95

Highlights 101

Scenic Drives 110

Best Hikes 110

Backpacking 117

Biking 118

Swimming 119

Horseback Riding 119

Winter Sports 119

Food 121

Camping 122

Lodging 124

Information and Services | Transportation 126

Tioga pass road and Tuolumne meadows 128

Tioga Pass Road and Tuolumne Meadows 3 Ways 135

Highlights 139

Scenic Drives 143

Best Hikes 143

Backpacking 156

Rock Climbing 159

Winter Sports 160

Food 161

Camping 163

Lodging 166

Information and Services | Transportation 168

Hetch Hetchy 170

Hetch Hetchy 3 Ways 175

Highlights 179

Best Hikes 180

Backpacking 184

Biking 185

Camping 186

Food and Lodging 186

Information and Services | Transportation 188

Birds and Wildlife 190

Trees and Flowers 202

Essentials 220

Index 239

List of Maps 244

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