The difference between Yosemite National Park on a weekday and a weekend? Parking. A Saturday visit to Yosemite Valley meant grabbing any available parking spot and using the frequent shuttle buses to get around the park. The lower Valley is a higher traffic area to begin with -offering river rafting, horseback riding, cycling and fishing as well as camping and lodging. One way to avoid the crowds is to focus on the more challenging trails. An even better idea is to plan your visit for weekdays.
We found a less-trafficked route to Yosemite Falls. One of the Park’s more popular attractions, the Falls drop a dramatic 2420 feet in total -almost half a mile! Water flow is estimated at a powerful 2400 gallons/second (9000 liters/second).
From Yosemite Creek in the high country, water surges over the Upper Fall and through the Middle Cascades before a final plunge over the Lower Fall. From here it roars on into the Merced River, a stampede of water molecules sweeping along anything within its path. The violent rumbling fills the ears and vibrates up the feet in late June. But, in summer? Yosemite Falls fades to a gentle mist that gives no hint of its escalated springtime flow.
Updated from October 29, 2009.11 Comments