The Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park is the most popular trail in the park and with good reason. You get up close with two HUGE waterfalls and have marvelous views of the Merced River the whole way up. This hike is entirely uphill but not to worry if you aren't much of a hiker... you can still enjoy excellent views of Vernal Falls from the footbridge at 0.8 miles in. Even though this hike can be very crowded (especially in peak season) it is well worth the effort as you will not find a another hike quite like this. Keep reading to see why you need to hike the Mist Trail.
The Upper Yosemite Falls trail is our favorite hike in Yosemite National Park...so much so we considered doing it twice during our most recent trip! If you've ever done this hike you might be thinking that's a little insane. Especially in the middle of summer. But even though this is a strenuous and steep hike the effort is well worth it. You get some great views of the Yosemite Valley floor even if you only make it up to Columbia Rock and if you persist a little further you will be able to view the bottom of the Upper Falls too. But the effort really pays off if you make it to the top!
So you didn't win the pre-season permit lottery for Half Dome in March or you didn't even know you had to enter a lottery to hike up Half Dome. Now what? You can't visit Yosemite National Park and not bag Half Dome right?! Relax. Depending on when you are planning your visit to Yosemite or how long you plan to spend there you have a few options to help achieve your travel/hiking goals.
Discover the Oldest Living Things on Earth! Your Guide to Visiting the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
THE ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FOREST
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the world's oldest living tree's. Some of these gnarled and twisted tree's are over 4,700 years old making them the OLDEST LIVING THINGS on the planet! To put that in perspective, these tree's started their life out back when stone axes were still being used in Europe.
The Bristlecone Pine Forest is situated in the White Mountains of the Eastern Sierra's and the tree's grow at an altitude between 9,800 and 11,00 feet. The White Mountains themselves are pretty spectacular as they are over 14,000 feet in elevation but are not as well-known as other mountain ranges of the same height in America. There is a visitor's center at Schulman Grove which is open generally from May through to October depending on snow conditions.
If you can plan your visit in the warmer months and not in late November like us, you will have a much more pleasant experience. It can get freezing up there because of the elevation.
A couple of weeks ago we climbed Mt Whitney. At 14,508ft, Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. I had wanted to climb Whitney ever since I was seventeen when I had stumbled across Galen Rowell's 'The Art of Adventure' at a second hand bookstore all the way back in Australia, where nobody even knows what the Eastern Sierra's are. The trail itself is 21 miles (33km) with 6000ft elevation gain and is not to be taken lightly.
Two Aussies road-tripping across the USA. Our goal is to discover America's wild places and vibrant cities... and make the most of every moment. Read more