Yosemite Falls

Lower and Upper Yosemite FallsLower and Upper Yosemite Falls, March 2015.

“One of Yosemite’s oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall, which rises 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor.”

-National Park Service

And then there is Yosemite National Park. What can be said of Yosemite? What can be said that has not already been said ad nauseam?

I have been there a couple of times since I began this weblog, but I never mentioned it nor posted a photo because it seemed cliched to do so, a snapshot of Yosemite Valley a cliche on film. It is so near perfect, and has been photographed so many times, anything I thought to offer up seemed superfluous.

The wilderness park’s iconic characters, whether waterfalls or granite monoliths or grassy conifer-framed meadows, have seemingly been photographed in every light at every season from every angle and described with every word and turn of phrase conceivable. 

What could I possibly add?

I do not want to add to the excess in an attempt at translating into language the natural majesty of Yosemite. And I doubt that I could cobble together a fresh and original string of words with a few images that was worthy of the place.

I typically hate using well-worn words like this, and do not like telling but prefer language to show. This time, however, I’ll just say, despite my recent posting of a critical opinion of trip reports and not wanting to “waste the time of readers with unnecessary, empty words and pointless rambling,” that the hikes in the park are awesome in the true sense of the term. (Ugh. That was awful!)

Here I offer a few snapshots from the Yosemite Falls Trail. Round trip it’s 7.2 miles with at least 5400 feet of elevation gain/loss. There are 66 switchbacks in the first mile alone! The trail climbs steep talus slopes up a wall of granite. From the valley below it looks impossible that a trail leads up the mountain.

Yosemite Falls Hike

Yosemite Hikes WaterfallsMrs. Elliott heading into yet another series of switchbacks as we near the top of Upper Yosemite Falls.

Half Dome Yosemite Falls Trail hikeUpper Yosemite Falls rainbowsDouble rainbows at the bottom of Upper Yosemite Falls.

Upper Yosmite Falls Half Dome

Yosmite Falls HikeTopping out and heading toward the precipice.

Upper Yosmite Falls creek pool hikeA pool above Upper Yosemite Falls.

Yosemite Falls HikingThe Mrs. scrambling toward the edge, Yosemite Valley far below.

Upper Yosemite Falls viewLooking over the edge at Upper Yosemite Falls.

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7 Responses to Yosemite Falls

  1. Into the mild says:

    Gorgeous pictures.
    How amazingly fortunate that one can easily see Death Valley, Yosimite, and Sequoia National Forrest over a long weekend.

  2. Les Brigham says:

    You are so right about words and Yosemite. Photos can also be a cliche too. I have taken some beautiful shots there. When looking at them later, I was looking at shots that I had seen many times before. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences, though. Yosemite may give us cliches, but they are beautiful cliches!

  3. Soren says:

    Looks like lots of water!

  4. Looks a superb place anyway and sounds a grand hike. What a lot of ascent for 7.2 miles! Like the second photo best 🙂

  5. Lila Henry says:

    Lovely! Thank you. The photos are awesome and who can get tired of looking at Yosemite?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I don’t agree that there is an “excess” of photos and descriptions of the more common nature scenes. Each person has the potential to provide a unique perspective. If I’ve seen “all that” then I just move on, but then I see your photos and commentary and really enjoy them. So don’t hold back thinking you might be offering a cliche. You never know who might appreciate your experience (like me).

  7. Linda says:

    Wonderful post, and your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

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