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Hiking from Olmsted Point to Mt. Watkins and Beyond

It was a warm November day and Tioga Road had just re-opened. We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and the snow covered peaks beyond. It was a perfect day in my book! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,437′ – 8,497′ Date: ...

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Holiday Weekend Weather Forecast

MOUNTAIN AREA — A little rain in the foothills and a little snow in Yosemite will lead overnight to a crisp, clear and sunny Thanksgiving day, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford. Then, the wetter weather returns on Friday. With Wednesday’s showers clearing to mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, the foothills on Nov. 23 are predicted to reach a high temperature ...

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Going Green Is The New Black Friday

OAKHURST — “Green is the new black,” says Visit Yosemite Madera County, with the goal of “Green Friday” being to get more people outside and moving this week. As families begin to prepare their Thanksgiving meals, and others are developing their holiday shopping list for the sales of Black Friday, Visit Yosemite Madera County is encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors this Friday, ...

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Skiers, Snowboarders Needed For All Skill Levels

YOSEMITE — Can you ski? Can you snowboard? Cooler temperatures and clouds over the Sierra crest are a reminder that winter is on its way, and with it the 55th year of ski and snowboard programs for our mountain area school students through Mountain Area Ski School (MASS). “MASS needs volunteers for all levels of instruction in order to continue ...

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Bracebridge Dinner Performances Need Community Participants 

YOSEMITE — Celebrated annually since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Old English-era hall filled with Christmas festivities. The inspiration for this incredible Yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving’s Sketch Book about Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period. More than 100 cast members portray the Squire and his family, their servants, the ...

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Switzerland of the West: Historic Winter Fun In Yosemite

MARIPOSA — Local author Sharon Giacomazzi offers tales of a forgotten era in Yosemite’s fascinating history, at a fireside chat presentation, illustrated with beautiful photos. Entitled “Switzerland of the West,” it’s all about historic winter activities in Yosemite, and takes place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at the Mariposa Museum & History Center, at 2 p.m.. Click on image to enlarge. Yosemite was once ...

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Temporary Closure Of Glacier Point Road

YOSEMITE — There will be a temporary closure of the Glacier Point Road Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. The closure is due to the forecasted incoming storm that is calling for snow at that elevation with low temperatures. The road will be evaluated on Thursday and reopened to the public after it is safe to do so. Tioga ...

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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Views of snow capped mountains and flowing waterfalls were our reward once we made it to the top but Yosemite Falls with rainbows was also pretty darn special. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.85 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,980′ – 7,221′ Date: November 4, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No, dogs not allowed in ...

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Now You Can Share “A Sense Of Yosemite”

YOSEMITE — The Yosemite Conservancy has a beautiful idea for gift-giving this holiday season — a new coffee table book entitled A Sense of Yosemite. “The remarkable photographs in this book, and the peace and beauty they provide, are a reminder of how extraordinarily lucky we are to have our national parks,” says Sharon Donovan, publicist for Yosemite Conservancy. “Visitors ...

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Tioga Road And Glacier Point To Reopen

YOSEMITE — Word out of Yosemite National Park today is that the Tioga Road in will reopen at noon today to all vehicular traffic. The road has been closed due to recent storm activity in the Yosemite region. The Glacier Point Road is open to all vehicular traffic as well. Visitors are reminded that there are no commercial services available ...

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