Picture: Rainbow in LeConte Fall along the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park, California
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New Photos added to my Image Archive Library from Yosemite National Park.
I’m happy to announce I’ve added another set of pictures to my searchable, online Image Archive Library which are now available for purchase as wall-decor prints or licensed for use in publications. These photos are a selection from a shoot done a number of years ago while in the production phase of my last book, the award-winning Photographing California; vol.1-North. This particular set of images was shot while on two of the best hikes in Yosemite National Park. The first hike heads out of Tuolumne Meadows, following along the Tuolumne River downstream toward Waterwheel Fall. The second hike is, as the Yosemite National Park website states, “the one hike in the park that you’re most likely to die while doing.”
I’d love to know if you have a favorite image. If you do, please consider leaving a comment to let me know which one(s) you enjoy most. Also, if you have any memories of taking this hike, or you have any pictures from this area that you’d like to share, please feel free to include a link in the comment section.
And be sure to stay tuned for the next post, where you’ll discover why one of the images from this shoot always gets referenced in my slide shows and presentations as a source of sad memories that almost everyone in California knows or has heard about.
Picture: Clearing clouds over mountain ridges, Yosemite National Park, California
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Part One: Hiking the Tuolumne River
Picture: Mountains above the flooded Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, California
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Picture: Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park, California
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The trail that follows the Tuolumne River downstream out of Tuolumne Meadows is one of those great hikes in Yosemite, in that you can make into either a short hike, a (very) long day hike, or an overnight backpacking trip. The primary destination for many is the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, where you can spend the night in a tent cabin and dine on some very good, freshly-prepared food. The Glen Aulin camp is approximately five miles downstream from the Tuolumne Meadows trailhead near Lembert Dome. The key part of the word “downstream” to keep in mind is of course, ‘down’–as in once you pass out of the meadows at around 1.5 miles, you’ll be hiking downhill, following the river as it descends toward the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. This means that for most people, to get back to your vehicle, you’ll be making the return trip hiking back uphill. You can think of it along the same lines as hiking down and back from the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, although not as steep.
Picture: Tuolumne Falls, Yosemite National Park, California
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For visitors taking a day hike past the meadows, the 5-mile route to Glen Aulin passes several nice waterfalls, including the White Cascade and Tuolumne Falls. For those who choose to make a longer day hike out of Tuolumne Meadows, or for campers staying at the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, the ultimate destination is often Waterwheel Fall, located another four miles farther downstream. If you’re not lucky enough to get a backpacking permit or book an overnight stay at the Glen Aulin Camp, the remaining option for visiting Waterwheel Fall is a leg-stretching, 18-mile round-trip hike that descends nearly 3,000 feet of elevation from Tuolumne Meadows. And as previously noted, it will also mean hiking back up the same 3,000 feet on your return trip.
“This isn’t the Waterwheel Fall you were looking for.”
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