Quick trip to Yosemite
May 29, 2003
random trip report
Erica and I drove to Yosemite valley, stopping in Mariposa on the way. We hiked the Upper Yosemite Falls trail, which is listed as 'very strenuous' in the visitor's guide, and has a vertical gain of 2,700'.
With this winter's large snowpack and recent warm temps, the flow of water is about as large as it ever gets. The Merced river was both turbid and turbulent. The upper falls sounded like giant bombs constantly exploding.
This was a hike of unprecedented length and difficulty for Erica, and I instructed her to go as slow as necessary. This strategy worked pretty well.
At about the halfway point there's a flat stretch with
a nice view of the falls.
Then the path leaves the oak/laurel/madrone forest and
goes up a dry, hot gully
at the base of a wonderful thousand-foot granite cliff.