May 02

California State Mining and Mineral Museum 300x168 Visit California State Mining and Mineral MuseumThe era of Gold Rush led to extensive mining activities in California. Established in 1999, California State Mining and Mineral Museum commemorates the era with an intriguing collection of artifacts and minerals. Located at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in the historic gold rush town of Mariposa. Houses and displays the official California State Mineral Collection. The collection was created in 1880 by the California State Legislature and contains over 13,000 specimens. The museum is known for its California gold specimens. Other significant specimens on display include Benitoite the State gemstone, meteorites and historic artifacts including a 100 year old working stamp mill model from the Union Iron Works. It displays some very nice gold and also has a ‘mine’ tour describing what it was like to work in a mine around 1850-75.  This museum highlights not only the history of mining in the state of California, but showcases some of the finest examples of beautiful minerals and gems from all over the world. There are many different rocks and minerals from all over the world. The best part is the mine dug into the mountain attached to the museum. Great collection, some nice specimens.  Old and tired displays, but certainly worth a look through.  The museum is divided into three themes, with a simulated underground mining display to give you a sense of what it is like in a mine, a large area devoted to explaining what mining is; what mining has occurred and is occurring in California; how man uses minerals, and of course an equally large area with displays of specimens of minerals with an emphasis on California.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday:    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter Hours: Oct 1- Apr 30, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Summer Hours: May 1-Sept 30, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission is $4.00 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

While visiting Yosemite stay at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites in Oakhurst and get rooms at very affordable rates and which are closer to all the above attractions.

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Apr 18

Sierra Fly Fisher Tours offers the finest guided trips, instruction and camps in Sierra Nevada. It stands with the mission to provide the finest quality fly fishing products, instruction, and personal service. It has a trained staff which will help your trip depending on abilities and interests with all equipment needed including rod/reel, line, tippet, flies, and wading gear – and you will be outfitted with all of this gear at no extra Tuolumne River Trouta cost!

secret sierra creek Visit the Yosemite Sierra Fly Fishing

You will be accompanied by a patient and experienced teaching guide who will put you on the best water, assist you with safe wading instruction, show you practical fly fishing techniques, and share his insight on the most effective local patterns.

Hours of Operation : Sun – Sat : 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

We offer an immense range of year round Sierra and Yosemite fly fishing options. If you are looking for a great place to stay in Yosemite then our Yosemite Southgate Lodge is perfect – We offer the ideal place to stay with well-appointed services. We are only 15 minutes from Yosemite National Park.

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Apr 11

El Capitan is a towering granite monolith that looms over the north side of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada in California. The cliff is divided into two main faces separated by The Nose, a blunt prow that rises from the formations low point to its summit.

21613 e42e220f 945 556 Explore El Capitan – Yosemite National Park

El Capitan lies within Yosemite National Park in California. It is just one of the many focal points that you will stop and admire within the National Park. There are many breathtaking viewpoints along the winding roads where you can enjoy rock formations, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and even a extended tunnel that brings you directly to El Capitan.

El Captain is one of the first things you will notice when you get to the Yosemite Valley. It is imposing, impressive and beautiful. You can get great different views from through the valley, especially from El Captain meadow.

It’s a beautiful place to take photos on the drive in to Yosemite Village. Even better if you come in winter when there is snow. El Capitan is considered the largest granite monolith in the world, being formed from a single chunk of granite.

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Apr 04

This is a drive well worth taking, even if one doesn’t need to get to the Owens Valley. There are enough interesting sights to see along the road, like Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, and Tuolumne Meadows. There are also many trailheads and several campgrounds along the road.

Traveling the Tioga pass is phenomenal area for views. The Tioga road is fantastic, with great views of Lembert dome and a trail to pothole domes, which gives amazing views all around you. Both trails are easy. You can see the storms coming in from the east up here. It’s quite a nice area to hike in. Leaving from Toulomne campground we went east and the views of the pass itself are fantastic!!

tioga pass Dont Miss Tioga Pass – Yosemite National ParkAs soon as you start the 500 ft elevation climb up to the ridge you notice the impact on your breathing especially if you normally live at sea level! Takes an hour or so to reach the crest before dropping 200 ft down to Gaylor Lake. Trail is well worn and easy to follow.

The area is most beautiful for stopping with a car around the top point, with little lakes and benches.

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Mar 29

Hodgdon Meadow Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California’s rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The site is 25 miles from Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 4,875 feet.

Camping in Yosemite is amazing! Hodgdon is a solid campground. There is plenty of space to put everything. Perfect campground for sightseeing the valley before going on Tioga road. Its 30-minutes-drive from the valley itself makes it less crowded than the other lodging. Spots are kind of secluded, in the shade of trees and never too far from restrooms or dumpsters.

Hodgdon Meadow Campground 1024x682 Explore Hodgdon Meadow Campground

The setting is scenic and Yosemite is great, but this site should never have been used for a campsite due to the topography, and the individual site layout is terrible. There are much better, level areas adjacent to this campground.

Hiking the 2.5 to 3-mile round trip trails to the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias are a popular activity at Hodgdon Meadow. The White Wolf area on Tioga Road also offers many hiking opportunities. Reservations are required from approximately mid-April through mid-October. From mid-October through mid-April, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Mar 22

Great loop trail past Vernal and up to top of Nevada Falls. There is an elevation gain of about 1900 feet over about 3 miles which makes for rather steep passage. Going up the Mist trail and down John Muir trail is likely easier on the knees since the latter is slightly longer.

The Mist Trail hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls is an excellent strenuous hike opportunity. The trail climbs along the south bank of the Merced River eventually coming to the steps, which are a marvel of trail building. Depending on the direction of the wind the trail can become a rain storm from the spray from the falls.

Nevada Falls Loop Explore Nevada Falls Loop – Yosemite California

If you did the Vernal fall then you should really continue up to the Nevada falls at this point. It gets less busy as it remains pretty hard but the views are worth it. You can have a break and take a cold swim in the river at the end of the trail up and witness some amazing divers jump in the water on top of he Nevada falls in the summer. The view there is breathtaking and if you come down to the valley throuh john muirs trail you will get even more amazing scenery.

What a great place to visit to see and to experience. Definitely a must see on everyone’s bucket list.

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Mar 14

This is considered the all weather route into Yosemite. It is lovely any time of the year. Much of the route follows the Merced River with mountains along the way and granite walls. This is the road to take to Yosemite, some truly marvellous scenes, a lovely safe road to drive on.

Roads are good and there are hills, twists and turns that present new views regularly. This is a superb drive along a route that provides simply stunning views. Some are quite breathtaking. Lovely curvy mountain drive through pines, abandoned buildings, and along the river right into Yosemite Valley. This is the best route in, especially if you are coming from Northern California.

Scenic Route Highway 49 Enjoy A Drive On Scenic Route Highway 49

Take your time when driving and enjoy the views at every turn. The best time to arrive at pull off just pass the tunnel is in the afternoon, when the sun is behind you. If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the Mining museum the docents there are very knowledgeable and entertaining!

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Mar 01

The most convenient, and frequently shot view of Horsetail Fall is at the El Capitan picnic area, approximately 1.7 miles past Yosemite Lodge at the Falls on North side Drive. In late February, you’ll often see rows of photographers of all levels there catching the last rays of light in the evening.

For a few days every February, Horsetail Fall comes to life. A seasonal waterfall which flows only in the late winter and early spring, those short February days bring about a transformation. The waterfall is lit up by the setting sun and ignites in to a fiery sight.

Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park 1024x768 Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Parks

The natural Firefall is one of Yosemite’s is one of the most amazing parts to see. Around the end of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall. And when conditions are perfect, Horsetail Fall glows orange and red at sunset.

Each year in late February, hundreds of viewers gather in Yosemite to witness this amazing event. But the Yosemite Firefall can be choosy. Although Horsetail Fall is visible from multiple viewpoints in Yosemite Valley, several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. If conditions are not perfect, the Yosemite Firefall will not glow.

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Feb 22

Staircase Falls is a series of waterfalls which falls descend a total of 1,300 feet into Yosemite Valley over a series of steps. Staircase Falls is relatively ephemeral and only flows after rainfall. They can be viewed from the meadow just east of Curry Village also. Because of their transitory character its known as an ephemeral called Staircase Falls appears as if by magic when it rains, and disappears when the weather is fine again.

It really all depends on the snow pack and the extent of the snow-melt which depends on how quickly the weather warms up to melt the snow in its small drainage. Since this waterfall steps its way down the granite cliffs behind Curry Village, you might be able to spot it through the trees from there and walk out to Stoneman Meadow.

Staircase Falls yosemite 768x1024 Yosemite Valleys Magnificent Waterfalls   Staircase FallsBehind Curry Village, Staircase Falls skips its way down the stair-step cliff below Glacier Point. If you have time, drive partway up Big Oak Flat Road toward Crane Flat, where Cascade Falls drops just west of the tunnels.

With all of the different kinds of things to do and see while you are in Yosemite, there is something for everyone to see and something that everyone is going to enjoy.

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Feb 15

This hike is also known as the Mist Trail because it passes right beside Vernal Falls, which is in the spring blows a heavy mist everywhere. This 1.4 mile roundtrip hike is considered a moderate hike, with a steep 400-foot elevation gain in just over a mile. It is recommended that you wear shoes that grip as the path can be slippery. You can see the rushing water from the Vernal Falls Footbridge as well as the top of the falls in the distance. This is probably the busiest and most crowded hike in the Valley, small wonder given the loveliness of the trail. Plan on spending an hour or two on your walk. The trail may be closed in winter.

John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail John Muir Vernal Falls Mist Trail

The three Young Lakes, cupped under soaring Ragged Peak, offer a large selection of campsites, some in heavy woods and some at timberline. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from April until October.

The John Muir Trail loop provides a memorable excursion in Yosemite National Park past two prize waterfalls. Check for trail closures that might affect your hike in the winter. There are numerous places to enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail. No permit is required to hike to the falls. Another great hike is to take a bus up to Glacier Point and hike Panorama Trail down to the Mist Trail.

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