Yosemite Hiking Trip

In May 2013, I was contacted by an ex-coursemate whom was then come to California for business purpose. We planned to have a meet-up, and to make it interesting, we planned a 2-days hiking trip at Yosemite Valley.

Since I was based in Folsom, and he was in San Jose, we decided to meet up in a central point and carpool towards the valley. The central point decided was Oakdale – Cowboy Capital of the World. Too bad, there wasn’t any cowboys can be seen, except a few cowboy themed building. Done checking in on the first day to the booked motel, we drove towards the valley for the first hike after a heavy brunch.

Since we weren’t in any rush, we stopped by for photos in a few vista points.

Merced River View

Merced River View

Merced River View

Merced River View

Merced River View

Merced River View

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

After we parked our car, we walked around the village and spent some time in the Yosemite Village Museum.

Some old slides in the museum

Some old slides in the museum

Entrance of the Yosemite Cemetery

Entrance of the Yosemite Cemetery

We ended up starting the hike late on Yosemite Falls Trail, by the time we reached the bottom of Upper Yosemite Falls, it’s already 6+ and it’s getting dark soon due to the Spring Season.

Yosemite Falls Trail View

Yosemite Falls Trail View

Upper Yosemite Falls

Upper Yosemite Falls

Me with Upper Yosemite Falls

With the days getting dark very soon, we decided to hike down from the trail. By the time we got to the valley floor, it’s already dark. We have to rely on the light source of our phones to light the way back to the Yosemite Village for dinner. After the dinner, we took the last shuttle bus to the nearest stop to our parking, at around Sentinel Drive. On the way to our parking, we met another couple which has no light source all all and have to walk in the dark. We shared our light with them to walk towards their parked car even though it’s the other direction, had some great chats along the way. It’s about 11+ by the time we got back to our car, since it’s already that late, we took the opportunity to take some night photos around the valley.

Silhoutte from the moonlight

Silhoutte from the moonlight

Yosemite Falls in the night

Yosemite Falls at Night

Spent almost an hour for these photos,  we drove back to Oakdale and got some sleep before coming back the next morning for a “proper” hike. We slept for 2 hours, and then began the drive back to Yosemite Valley and managed to catch some first beam of the morning light over the valley.

Sunrise at Yosemite Valley

Sunrise at Yosemite Valley

We started to hike the Four Mile Trail around 8 in the morning, and there’s plenty of good views of the valley all the way up.

Yosemite Falls from the Four Mile Trail

Yosemite Falls from the Four Mile Trail

Rocky Trail towards Glacier Point

Rocky Trail towards Glacier Point

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Half Dome from Glacier Point

Geology Hut at Glacier Point

Geology Hut at Glacier Point

Me at the Geology Hut

Me at the Geology Hut

After some light snacks and took some photos, we began hiking down to our car. Before bidding farewell, we drove around Oakdale for sightseeing.

Slideshows of other photos taken during the trip:

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