Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park lies in the central Sierra Nevada Mountains southeast of San Francisco, California. The park has several major regions, among them, Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, and the surrounding high country of the Sierra.

In 1973-74, my family and I spent a year in Berkeley, California. These photos are from two trips we made to Yosemite, one in mid-May 1974 and the other in early June 1974. The first trip was confined to Yosemite Valley since we were trapped there by a late spring snowstorm. From a photographic standpoint, this was fortuitous due to the snow cover on the upper valley walls. During the second trip, we spent time in the Valley, at Glacier Point, and drove through the high country on Tioga Pass Road as a part of our trip back home to Wisconsin. After visiting a large number of the wonderful western US national parks over the years, I have found few, if any, except for the Grand Canyon, to be more spectacular and beautiful than Yosemite in the spring.

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is the most popular region in the park. The highlights of Yosemite Valley are its spectacular waterfalls, notably, Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Yosemite Falls at 2,425 feet high is the highest waterfall in North America. Also, the valley features high, shear granite cliffs dominated by two features, El Capitan and Half Dome, which rises 4,800 feet above the valley floor.

The Valley images are presented in two galleries, Lower Yosemite Valley and Upper Yosemite Gallery. . The first gallery present images from the east end of the valley including Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. The second of these galleries features images from the west end of the Valley including El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls. Images of the Merced River are included in both galleries.

Glacier Point

Glacier Point lies on the southern rim above the Valley and across the Merced River Canyon from Half Dome. From Glacier Point and Washburn Point to its south, the view spans from Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls in the Merced River Canyon and the high country behind them to Half Dome, the Tenaya River Canyon, and Yosemite Falls. These viewpoints, about 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, provide an awesome aerial view without leaving the ground.

Tioga Pass Road

Tioga Pass Road provides access to the high country of Yosemite to the north of Yosemite Valley. It is a through highway that crosses the Sierra Range and drops 3,000 feet through Lee Vining Canyon to the flats near Mono Lake. It provides a variety of beautiful scenes including glacially-polished granite, domes, mountains, meadows, and lakes. Tioga Pass, which lies near the eastern end of the road lies at 9,943 feet. In early June, the meadows are soggy, and snow covers them at the higher elevations near the pass. Many hikes start from various locations along the road.

The slides from this trip, were scanned 32 years later in 2006; fortunately, the images were intact, since the film was Kodachrome with its great archival quality.