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Looped Hike Up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

They say that the Mist Trail’s steep granite stairway has over 600 steps but I wasn’t counting because Vernal Fall’s beauty fully captured my attention as I climbed them. Up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir Trail. In between, I could feel the power of 2 huge waterfalls, their spray on my face and the roar of a ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

A little early for wildflowers and plenty of down trees were across this historic trail but my hike was rewarded with a lovely waterfall, pretty views along the way and a good workout. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.12 MilesDifficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 4,037′ – 5,841′Elevation Gain: 2,252′Date: April 20, 2022CALTOPO: Alder Creek Falls HikeDog Hike? No I headed to Wawona through ...

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History Mystery #110: Missing Plaques on Stone Monuments

Image of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge sign.

Submitted by Jack Butler, Historian, E Clampus Vitas Grub Gulch Chapter 41/49 On State Route 145, between Road 33 and Road 36, is the Cottonwood Creek Bridge. There are two rock monuments, one is west-facing on the south, and one is east-facing on the north side. They are both missing their plaques explaining the history of their placement. A blue ...

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Over the Garden Fence: Transplanting Seedlings

Image of a tray of seedlings.

By Bob Labozetta (UC Master Gardener, Mariposa) So you’ve started your seeds in pots or trays and they have sprouted. Now what? When it’s too early to transplant seedlings out into the garden, but they’re too big to remain in their first containers (or your seedlings are crowding each other), you need to transplant them into bigger pots such as ...

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Hiking Along Hetch Hetchy to Tueeulala, Wapama and Rancheria Falls

A hike along beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir with three beautiful waterfalls is hard to beat. Throw in some beautiful wildflowers and a good workout to make it extra special! Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 11.81 Miles (About 5 miles rt to Wapama Falls)Difficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 3,682′ to 4,463′Elevation Gain: 2,797′Date: April 13, 2022Maps: CALTOPO: Hetch Hetchy to Wapama Falls and Rancheria FallsDog ...

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Hiking up to Chilnuala Falls

Waterfall season is upon us and Chilnualna Falls is a beautiful hike to check out its 5 tiers of waterfalls. A good workout if you decide to go to the top of the falls, but the lower part of the falls is a dandy if you don’t want to go as far. . . or climb over, around or under ...

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Yosemite Valley Waterfalls and Reflections

Early morning road trip to check out Yosemite’s waterfalls and their reflections. When I say early, I mean really early! Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: About 10 miles to drive my Yosemite Valley Loop, but you can also walk it or take the free shuttle to explore itDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,888 to 4,129′Date: April 25, 2019 My friend Debbie was visiting ...

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Hiking Down the Skelton Creek Trail to the Blue Glory Mine

The historic Skelton Creek Trail shows up on maps in the 1850’s and walking down it was right up my alley. Tons of history in this area and I always learn something new when hiking with the Sierra Hiking Seniors, a friendly group of fellow hikers. Where: Sierra National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Private PropertyDistance: 4.62 MilesDifficulty: Easy to ...

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History Mystery #109: Mystery Mail Bags

Image of a very old letter and envelope.

Submitted by Lynn Northrup, Raymond Museum. These are mail bags from the River Route found by a museum supporter and donated. We have so many questions about these bags. What years were they used and when and why did they cease? Who were the local mail carriers and does anyone have any other bags from the different routes? Are there ...

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