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The Yosemite most people never see: 10 dazzling hikes – East Bay Times

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YOSEMITE — Gazing at the spectacular scenery surrounding Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy reservoir, I can’t help but marvel. Nature has endowed Tuolumne County with such splendor, it almost doesn’t seem fair. That these riches are so easily accessed by hiking trails makes us all the luckier. I am bound for Wapama Falls, a moderate 2½ miles from the O’Shaughnessy Dam trailhead, harboring thoughts of wonder and a bit of sadness. Before this lake was formed at Yosemite National Park, Hetch Hetchy was a glacier-carved, granite-walled valley complete with a mighty river and waterfalls crashing down from dizzying heights. Sound familiar? Naturalist […]

Places To Visit In Yosemite #2 Yosemite Valley Pioneer Cemetery

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   Yosemite Hidden Secrets The Yosemite Valley Pioneer Cemetery While not exactly hidden and secret, the Yosemite Valley Pioneer Cemetery remained unknown to me, even after several summer vacations spent in the valley. It was only during one of my first winter visits to the valley that I first learned of it.  while browsing through books on Yosemite Valley history at the visitors center I came across a reference to it . I asked the person working at the desk for directions to the cemetery and was surprised to learn the it was just a short walk from the visitor […]

Places To Visit In Yosemite Valley #6- Yosemite Sequoia

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Where To Find Yosemite Sequoia  Many visitors to Yosemite want to see “The Big Trees” or the “Giant Sequoia“. These amazing giants are unique to the western slopes of the sierra nevada mountain range and, even there only grow in certain climates at certain elevations. To read about them is no comparison to standing next to one. Where can you do this?   Yosemite Sequoia Groves  There are 3 main groves of Giant Sequoia in Yosemite National Park. Interestingly they are near the 3 main western entrances to the park. Mariposa Grove Of Giant Sequoia The most popular place to see Yosemite sequoia is at The Mariposa Grove. […]

Places To Visit In Yosemite Valley- #5 Yosemite Apple Trees

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Yosemite Apple Trees- Yosemite's Oldest Living Pioneer Yosemite Apple Trees date back to the early pioneer days. The apple trees might possibly be the oldest living things in the Yosemite Valley. There are 3 distinct apple orchards in Yosemite Valley. James C. Lamon first came to the Yosemite Valley in 1859. He came to help build the “Upper Hotel” which was owned John Hite and stood near the spot where the Sentinel Bridge now stands. That same year Lamon filed a preemption claim on some acres located at the east end of the valley near Camp Curry and beneath the stony […]