We’re fortunate to live within a 5 hour drive of Yosemite National Park, so we make an effort to get there every couple of years. In 2002 we visited Yosemite in October for the first time, and what a unique experience it was. The waterfalls that this area is so famous for are nearly non-existent… but so are the crowds! On this trip we were able to enjoy a variety of hiking trails in peaceful solitude. And the views were spectacular as we were surrounded by the yellows and golds of Autumn.
We spent our first few days in Yosemite Valley where we stayed at the rustic Yosemite Lodge. From here we hiked the Vernal Falls/Nevada Falls trail and the challenging but very rewarding Four Mile trail up to Glacier Point. This was followed by two nights at the historic Wawona Hotel at the southern end of the Park. We explored the Mariposa Grove of awe-inspiring giant sequoias, some over 2000 years old.
On our final day, we hiked to Carlon Falls, which continues to flow throughout the year. While this is outside of the Park, it is in the Yosemite Wilderness, and was a great find.
Yosemite National Park, California
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