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Sep 10 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Glacier Point - Yosemite National ParkSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking0.55 Miles 75 AEG
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Last stop on Glacier Point Road. The most people too. Some nice views. One good one is looking up Tenaya Canyon! They also have bathrooms and a small store with grill and gift shop. We had fruitsicles that were quite tasty after a day of hiking. John almost lost his as a hefty squirrel got him in a headlock before we knew what happen. John used an old wrestling move and freed himself without loosing a bite! Good times!
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Sep 10 2018
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.00 Miles 900 AEG
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after our hike to dewey point, we drove to the trailhead for taft point and sentinel dome
did both hikes out and back
taft point had nice views and the fissures were interesting
sentinel dome was the best of the bunch, with a high point and 360 degree scenery
kinda fun to look across and see four high points we've been on:
half dome, clouds rest, mt. hoffman and north dome
domes are 8)
we spent some time there looking around
stopped at washburn point, which had a nice perspective of half dome
finished with glacier point
good view of both nevada and vernal fall, then john spotted illilouette fall, which we'd never seen before
fun touristy day with some solid hiking - earned some of the views
a good overview of the park from a different angle
on the way out we saw our second bear of the trip
this one near mcgurk meadow feasting on a dead deer, causing a minor traffic jam :o
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Sep 10 2018
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA 
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johnlp
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A couple shorter hikes and stops at view points. Sentinel Dome taking first prize. :)
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Oct 01 2017
Lucyan
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Glacier Point - Yosemite National ParkSierra Nevada, CA
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Lucyan
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Jun 08 2016
Frostshocknoob
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sentinel to Glacier Point, CA 
Sentinel to Glacier Point, CA
 
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May 27 2016
Lucyan
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Glacier Point - Yosemite National ParkSierra Nevada, CA
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Lucyan
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Sep 18 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Glacier Point - Yosemite National ParkSierra Nevada, CA
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Crzy4AZ
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Anniversary trip to Yosemite. Staying in Mariposa. Super early drive in to see sunrise at Glacier Point. Freeezing but beautiful. One coffee spot open thank goodness.
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Jul 20 2015
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Glacier Point - Yosemite National ParkSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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cw50must
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Our first night in Yosemite we stayed in Wawona Lodge so the morning when we drove into Yosemite Valley we made the Drive out to Glacier point. Maybe next time 4 mile trail, but this time we drove. This has got to be one of the most spectacular views I have ever seen. You can see everything from here, Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Royal Arches, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada fall, the Merced river, its all there. They do close the road during peak hours and you have to rely on the shuttles, but we got there early enough to drive oursevles, and to beat most of the crowd. You will need some time up here to take it all in.

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Jul 13 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA 
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA
 
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Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking11.11 Miles 1,050 AEG
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Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
Sunday July 13th, 2014
FitBit totals = 11.11 miles, 1050 AEG (105 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
Have done Mt Whitney and some of the Pacific Crest Trail in the high Sierras, but never been to Yosemite before. Got out my Ansel Adams photo books for inspiration :next: http://www.anseladams.com/yosemite-gallery/# Maybe a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village located between Visitor Center and Post Office? Some pre-trip research to consider;


YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Map of YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
YOSE park guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg14-5.pdf

Map of Yosemite Valley :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... hikes1.pdf
Map of Glacier Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... rhikes.pdf
Washburn Point (near Glacier Point) view :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 The HPP image location plus my flipping thru Ansel Adams photo books put this as destination number one.

Yosemite NP waterfalls :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/mgrove.pdf And HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14777
Grizzly Giants in Mariposa Grove :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12794

With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=432287 ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-ph ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/four_ ... _point.jpg and http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 ).

Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to Yosemite Village was 200 miles with 3 hours 45 minutes travel time.



THE TREK

Arrived back at the Cupertino base-camp just after midnight Sunday morning from exploring the Big Sur Coastline (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=31233&start=0 ). Had a 5am wake-up call and after fueling up on the in-room caffeine, hit the road for Yosemite via CA120 entrance by 6am. I arrived at the park entrance about 10-ish where my NPS annual pass comes thru once again allowing me to bypass the backed up line of vehicles tallying-up their entrance fee.

The arrival into Yosemite Valley reminded me a lot of Zion NP - pass thru a couple of tunnels and voila, there's the spectacular valley, except it's not sandstone, it's granite this time!

When you cross the Merced River, all the traffic veered left towards Yosemite Village. I veered right climbing up CA41 to the Glacier Point cut-off. From the intersection of CA41, the sign indicated 16 miles to Glacier Point. The tight curves and smooth road and sudden elevation changes had me pining for something more than my Nissan Maxima rental (maybe borrow one of the R8's or McLaren's from yesterday's Bixby Creek Bridge encounter?). First stop Washburn Point followed by Glacier Point. I had some time to explore the upper reaches of Four Mile Trail and Panorama Trail (a little note to self - if you want to escape the bus tour crowd at Glacier Point, check out these trails). Upon return I treated myself to lunch at the Tourist Shack beside Glacier Point - a Hagen Das plus the requisite purchase of a Yosemite Falls & Half Dome frig magnet. After my fill of Yosemite Valley eye-candy, I had the Sentinel Dome to Taft Point loop hike on the "to-do" list. Sentinel Dome was exhilarating - maybe saw a dozen people the entire time I lingered up on the dome for about an hour. I wasn't expecting solitude in Yosemite on a summer weekend, but truthfully there were far less people than I imagined there would be. Once again, all was right in the world.

As the afternoon progressed towards dinner time, I went down to the valley floor for some mini-explorations. This is where all the people were...

With the 6 o'clock hour ticked by, I had a choice - sunset back up on Glacier Point or go checkout the giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove. My mind voted for the giant sequoia, so I drove down CA140 following the Merced River towards the town of Mariposa...

Some final thoughts - hitting Glacier Point first was a good call. Having that initial overhead view of the entire Yosemite Valley is jaw-dropping. It put the entire landscape into context for me. Starting off from the valley floor probably would have hidden too many places. At least the view from above allowed me to pick and choose what I wanted to see down in the valley. Taking in a sunset from Glacier Point or Sentinel Dome is surely a treat - maybe next time...

Also, Mariposa Grove isn't anywhere near town of Mariposa CA. Missed out on giant sequoia trees, but did get to explore Merced River via CA140 - nice drive, complete with landslide :next: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 238394.pdf
( not a recent slide, happened in 2006... ). Fish Camp and Oakhurst on CA41 are the closest towns to the giant sequoias for future reference....



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

HAZ Washburn Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19445
HAZ Glacier Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19446
HAZ Sentinel Dome :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14388
HAZ Taft Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14682 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14681
HAZ East Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12475
HAZ West Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15094
HAZ Panorama Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16106
HAZ Four Mile Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16719


I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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