After a great day along the Tioga Road I was on the road by 6 am so that I could beat the crowds as I figured I had at least an hour drive to Yosemite Valley from where I camped. The goal was to hike the Mist Trail and then make it to Glacier Point to watch the sunset. The last third of Tioga Road from the Yosemite Creek area and onward is more forest like and you don’t have the big domes, cliffs and panoramic views until you get out on Big Oak Flat Road, which leads to Yosemite Valley. There the panoramic views opens up again.
I’m going to cover Yosemite Valley in another post but as you can see just on the two photos above the valley is incredible because instead of looking out over grand vistas you’re looking up. Until you hike high enough to see out over vistas again that is. Yosemite Valley is home to El Captain, The Cathedral and multiple waterfalls. I drove the entire circle enjoying the view, then grabbed a quick coffee in the village and after that set off to go for a hike.
In order to get to the trail head where Mist Trail starts you can park at Curry Village and take the shuttle or walk. It’s only about a mile walk from Curry Village to the trail head. There’s also a limited trail head parking closer to the trail head. I opted to walk. Nothing like a good warm up when you’re about to climb almost 1,900 ft in a few miles.
Let’s go for a hike up to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall that lays along the Mist Trail.
After my great hike to Vernal and Nevada Fall it was time to make my way to Glacier Point to watch the sunset. I had no idea what kind of treat I was about to encounter…