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Early Leaf Peeping In Yosemite With Mom

Leaf Peeping season has officially begun. . . . so Mom and I decided to take a day road trip through Yosemite Valley to see how those fall colors were shaping up. Where: Yosemite National ParkDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,996′ – 4,184′Date: October 7, 2018Dog Hike? Maybe It was a bit early for prime leaf colors in Yosemite but Mom and ...

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Hiking From Tuolumne Meadows To Dog Lake

Smoky reflections in a lake named for a sheepdog and her puppies, Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, fishless lakes, and Tuolumne Meadows Campground’s closure played starring roles in my blog this week. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 5.76 Miles (About 5.2 Miles from the trailhead at the parking lot up to and around the lake)Difficulty: Easy to ModerateElevation Range: 8,583′ – 9,189′Elevation ...

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Hiking to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

It had been a while since I had hiked to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp but I had fond memories of this beautiful camp nestled against high peaks. Closed for a few years, I needed to pay it another visit. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 15.8 Miles (About 14.2 Miles from the Tuolumne Meadows Campground Trailhead)Difficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 8,588′ – ...

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Hiking From Tuolumne Meadows To Elizabeth Lake

It wasn’t a long hike up to Elizabeth Lake and it shared a million different views with me as I walked around it. Those beautiful granite mountains took that morning sunlight and cast ever changing reflections as the hazy smoke drifted in and out. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 5.5 Miles (About 4.6 Miles from the trailhead up to and not ...

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Hiking Up Ten Lakes Trail to Grant Lakes

Hiking to a pretty lake never gets old, especially when it reflected the surrounding mountains in its crystal clear water and I had the lake to myself. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.35 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 7,490′ – 9,635′Elevation Gain: 2,590′Date: September 2, 2021CALTOPO: Grant Lakes HikeDog Hike? NoLeaving the house early, I headed into Yosemite National Park via ...

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Hiking From Tioga Road to Parker Pass Lake

Orlando Fuller established the Golden Crown Mine in 1879 and built his cabin hanging over Parker Pass Lake so that a horse could walk over the ice with safety. Now that is plenty of reason for me to visit that location and learn more about him.Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.67 MilesDifficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 9,596′ – 11,142′Elevation Gain: 1,765′Date: August ...

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Forest Bathing — Good for the Soul!

Image of a hand digging in the forest.

OAKHURST — Susan Madden, proprietor of the Mindful Café blog and longtime mindfulness and meditation teacher, has practiced Forest Bathing all her life, she says. She just didn’t call it that. She has always felt connected to the outdoors, and mindfulness has been a lifestyle for many years. A certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, she also facilitates (and even constructs) ...

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Yosemite Your Way – With Expert Guidance

OAKHURST – You gaze, mesmerized, at the scene before you:  majestic Half Dome — known as Tis-sa-sak to the first settlers of this valley — crowns Tenaya Canyon leading to the Yosemite high country. El Capitan, sentinel of Yosemite Valley, guards the western edge. The scene is pure majesty, a valley ringed by mountains approaching 10,000 feet in elevation. You ...

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Hiking Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail to Sardine Lakes

I thought of the people whose footsteps walked before me on the historic trail Mono Pass Trail. Native Americans have been using this trail to travel from the Mono Basin toward Tuolumne Meadows and beyond for eons. Miners with dreams of hitting a big gold strike walked on it. Mules carrying loads of whisky, and apparently sardines, to those miners ...

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