Yosemite MapYosemite at DuskYosemite National Park in the springtime is glorious.  The waterfalls are gushing, the wildflowers are in bloom, and the summer crowds have not yet arrived.  Although the mountain weather can be iffy at this time of year, we were fortunate on this trip in May 2004 to have little rain – and we were prepared for it.

On this trip we only had 5 days, so we started by spending one full day exploring all corners of Yosemite Valley for photo ops, from dawn until dusk.  We went on a few beautiful all-day hikes, including 4 Mile Trail (which is nearly 5 miles each way) and Nevada Falls, which both start in the Valley.

The highlight for us both was an amazing hike to North Dome, which is an 8.8 mile round trip that climbs to a grand flat expanse of granite, and leads you face to face with a spectacular, panoramic view of Half Dome.  Best picnic spot ever!  The trail head for this one is on Tioga Pass, so if you want to check it out, you’ll want to make sure the Pass is open for the season.


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