First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls covering nearly 1,200 square miles.
Galen Clark and others lobbied to protect Yosemite Valley from development, ultimately leading to President Abraham Lincoln’s signing the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Later, John Muir led a successful movement to establish a larger national park encompassing not just the valley, but surrounding mountains and forests as well—paving the way for the United States national park system
The name “Yosemite” (meaning “killer” in Miwok) originally referred to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before then the area was called “Ahwahnee” (“big mouth”) by indigenous people.
We booked the site on Dec 15th at 7am for a May camp date. I spent the next 5 months working on my legs and cardio to so some hikes. I planned to hike up Nevada Falls and Yosemite Falls. In the end, I manged to do both but Yosemite Falls was not easy.
Day One Hike: Vernal falls up the mist trail to Nevada falls. Took the John Muir trail back down. It’s about a mile longer but easier in terms of vertical descent. Total mileage was about 8 miles and 3K elevation gain.
Day 2 Hike: Yosemite falls hike to Yosemite point. From the top of the falls to Yosemite point, it is about another .8 miles longer but the views are 10x better especially getting an unobstructed view of Half Dome. Total mileage was another 8 miles and 3K elevation gain.
With so much water flowing this is really an epic time to visit the park and see everything.