Yosemite National Park is a majestic national park in America that will leave a lasting impression on all who visit. Around four million people visit this park every year that is the third-oldest national park in the country.
Twelve hundred square miles have made up this jaw-dropping valley since 1864 and is full of beautiful meadows, grand waterfalls, ancient sequoias, a huge area of wilderness, and more.
Located in California, there are many outdoor activities for nature lovers, including hiking, backpacking, and even skiing during the winter. Special events occur year-round, with many choices for camping, lodging, and dining.
Vernal Falls is one of the park’s most beautiful waterfalls. The Merced River falls over 300 feet down to the Yosemite Valley. There is an easy paved path, Mist Trail, that goes to the falls and is one of the most trafficked trails. The area gets very misty and the steps by the falls can be wet, so use caution.
The Cathedral Lakes is another popular trail made up of two lakes. Cathedral Lake is the lower lake, and the more spectacular one, at 9,588 feet. It sits inside of a circle of granite with Cathedral Peak in the background, giving hikers a grand view. Hikers trek up rocky slopes, through meadows, and tackle peaks, making for an interesting hike with varying terrain.
Glacier Point has some of the most spectacular views with the least amount of work involved. One can see the great views while driving up Glacier Point Road, and more with a short walk from the main parking lot. Great views of the Yosemite Valley that you won’t see anywhere else are here, including the Half Dome, the Tenaya Canyon and more.
Mirror Lake is best seen in the spring and early summer. The lake is named for the reflection of Mt Watkins and Half Dome on the lake. It is fairly easy to get to the lake on a .9 mile walk on a partially paved trail. By the middle of summer, the lake is just a creek, and in the fall, sometimes it disappears completely.