Yosemite has been on the top of my bucket list of things to do during my Central Valley assignment. I could not help but think of Muir talking about the Sierra’s and saying: “The Mountain’s are Calling and I must go!”
I finally got to go and was in total awe.
I went to Yosemite with Susi, a friend who I met on a hike the previous weekend. We thought we were getting there at a good time by arriving at the south gates at 9:30, however on a Saturday that was a busy time, filled with cars and traffic. From the gate it was another hour drive into Yosemite Valley, which is the beautiful center of the park.
Yosemite Valley was not as easy to navigate as we bargained for and we got lost before we realized that we could park our car almost anywhere in the valley and get a shuttle to the trail that we wanted. In the future I would definitely not waste time looking for a specific parking lot. You can park your car almost anywhere and shuttle to where you need to be.
Once on foot, we took the Mist Trail up to Vernal Falls. The Mist Trail is comprised of a couple of hundred stone steps that grace the edge of Vernal Falls. Like the name suggests, it is misty. I felt like I got downright rained upon actually and was glad that I had rain gear and a hat.
At the top of the falls we sat, dried off and enjoyed the beautiful sun and views. We then hiked the John Muir trail to the bottom. The Muir trail was an easy decent, mostly filled with switch backs down the mountain.
In total it was around a 7 mile trek and a wonderful first trail for Yosemite. I got to see falls, the beautiful Sierra’s and had a nice view of Half Dome from much of the trail.
Overall a wonderful first timer experience in Yosemite!