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Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri May 03, 2013 9:23 pm

Here are some photos of my trip. Backpacked up to Dewey, Crocker and Sanford Point, camped on Sanford Point. Next day returned to Valley and hiked the valley floor loop from the backpackers campground to El Cap Meadows and back. Third day hiked to top of Yosemite Falls.

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Dewey Point


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Crocker Point
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Sanford Point
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Swinging Bridge
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El Capitan
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Half Dome and up valley view
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Upper Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite Falls from valley floor



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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby texan » Sat May 04, 2013 9:40 am

Thanks for posting the pics. Looks like there is not much snow up there.

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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby markskor » Sat May 04, 2013 10:35 am

Nice!!!!!!
Just waiting till Tioga opens - stuck on the East side .

Couple Q's?

Has the high water mark already passed?
Is the Backpacker camp open?
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby hikerdmb » Sat May 04, 2013 11:04 am

Beautiful photos. I love the valley floor loop. We make sure to do it every time we are in the valley. Great views and very few people.
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat May 04, 2013 1:10 pm

Glacier Point road and Tioga road open toady- neither was open when I was there. Backpacker's campground was open, nearly empty. Four Mile Trail was not officially open but free of snow - probably open now. Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil are past peak flows. Not sure about the Merced. In the Valley it is fluctuating about a foot during the day. Still WAY below what it was last year this time. The walkway under the bridge at North Pines Campground is above water level. There is no flooding in the Valley at all.
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat May 04, 2013 1:19 pm

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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat May 04, 2013 1:28 pm

Sorry - Tioga Road to open next week.
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby maverick » Sat May 04, 2013 1:31 pm

WD wrote:
Glacier Point road and Tioga road open today.


Yosemite NPS site tentatively ompening May 11, conditions permiting:
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Thank you for the great pictures! Where is the snow? :(
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sun May 05, 2013 4:12 pm

I just figured out how to load full size pictures from the new Photobucket, so here are the two of Yosemite Falls photos that got the bottoms cut off when I posted the trip report.

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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby Tom_H » Sun May 05, 2013 6:30 pm

Beautiful photos, Daisy. Thanks.
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby richlong8 » Sun May 05, 2013 8:56 pm

very nice- yosemite- nothing can compare
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Re: Yosemite 4/29-5/1

Postby LMBSGV » Sun May 05, 2013 9:27 pm

The bigger pictures of the falls are stunning.

My wife and I also love the Valley loop trail. Since we only go in the winter, we usually see only a few people so it's mainly a walk in solitude. In the winter of 2012 we went into the Visitor Center to ask about the conditions. The ranger we talked with was Shelton Johnson, which was wonderful after the Ken Burns' PBS series. We ended up talking so long, my wife had to drag me away since we needed to get going on our hike. He said the Valley Loop Trail was his favorite trail to hike in the Valley and that it was also a favorite of a lot of the employees.
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