Final recognizable scene, for a while

I’ll post one more scene that most people will know before moving on to other subjects. If you haven’t seen this in person do so, except not in the summer when the mobs are there.

That’s El Capitan on the left and Half Dome in the distance. This shot is taken from a pullout on entrance road coming in from 120. There are several good views along this road but the best spot to see the valley is from Glacier Point.

Yosemite is a truly beautiful place but it’s loved too much and so is horribly crowded in the summer. While I’ve never personally experienced it I’ve heard (and seen on TV) cars being held at the entrance station and only allowed in when some other car has left. Even when I first visited in the early 70s having just moved to California it was insanely crowded in the summer and I almost vowed never to come back.

But fortunately for two decades I lived close enough to be able to drive there in off-season and miss most of the crowds. In fact, going there in the winter is great fun especially for some cross-country skiing. I tried camping once but that’s not so great (mostly because it gets dark so early in winter and sitting around in snow and cold in the dark is not fun).

While the valley is the most spectacular part there is lot more to Yosemite than that, especially if you can get out of the car and on foot on trails. I’ve only backpacked there a few times (crowds and bears discourage it) so I’ve seen more than most people and can thus encourage you to see as much as you can.

About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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4 Responses to Final recognizable scene, for a while

  1. Marsi says:

    We visited in October and the entire Valley and Glacier Point were still crazy. I’m not sure I will ever go back to the Valley. However, all of the Tioga Rd facilities – except for the campgrounds – had closed (and the road itself would likely close the following week, after the first snowfall) so that entire area was blissfully vacant. Sharing all of Tuolumne Meadows and the Sunset Trail with only a few dozen people was truly awesome. Our kind of Yosemite experience isn’t unheard of, you just have to plan carefully and sometimes get lucky!

    • dmill96 says:

      Thanks for the comment and update on more recent conditions. It has been a while since I was there so I can only imagine it’s gotten worse given a constantly rising population. Fortunately only some areas are so badly overcrowded and there are still beautiful and quiet spots.

      I know about that first snowfall, almost would have gotten trapped in it as we planning on backpacking in October but fortunately a ranger warned us not to go on Tioga Road since after even a little snow they would close it and our car would have been trapped there until spring. Went to Hetch Hetchy instead.

  2. smilecalm says:

    worthy 🙂

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