Yosemite National Park
Spent some time in late April visiting Yosemite National Park. First thing I noticed was the snow. It's still melting from this years' winter, which makes for some great shots (you'll see later). There are a few spots I ended up going to enjoy the scenery, and then I ended up at Yosemite Village to start my hike. Before I get to my Quick Tips, I would like to emphasize that this can be treated as a day trip and can also be expanded over a few days if you have the time. There is so much to see and no site/hiking trail is the same.
- You're going to want to bring a light jacket, if you are hiking up misty or vernal falls prepare to get wet
- You'll notice I say this a lot, bring sunscreen!! The day started out pretty cloudy for us, but towards lunch we were directly under sunlight. I love hiking and love sunny weather... and I also love my skin and prefer to not look like a raisin when I'm 30.
- Our first day at Yosemite happened to be Earth Day. Which meant everyone and there mother was at Yosemite. Plan accordingly and check if you are visiting during any unique holidays (i.e Memorial day, Earth day, etc). If you are, just prepare to sit through traffic, large crowds and if you are camping; make a reservation. I ended camping right outside the park at Indian Flat, and I felt it was a little pricey due to the high demand.
- There is a fee to enter Yosemite (unless it's earth day and all National Parks are free)
- If you forgot to pack food and water or sunscreen ;) you can shop for these things at the village store. They open at 8am, and have anything you would need for your hike.
- There's a shuttle bus that picks you up and can take you from your parking spot/campsite to where you need to get to (i.e the starting point of your hike or visitor center).
- If you're considering doing Half Dome (permit required), know they don't place the ropes up until late may. This means the hike is at your own risk. (Snow was 3ft high at the base of half dome)
- Consider time to pause! At the top of Nevada Falls (misty Trail) theres a great opportunity to bask in the sun and enjoy a nice snack. It's also a great time to do some stretching. The hike is pretty steep and your hamstrings are going to scream!