A Glimpse of Yosemite

Yosemite is far closer to me than most, if not all, of the national parks I have visited and written about in my blog. I’ve heard about its beauty and what deterred me from visiting was the millions of people frequenting this park on a regular basis. It’s like going to Disneyland and I could never appreciate nature if it’s way too crowded.

However since Covid happened, they are limiting the number of people who could enter the park. You have to get a reservation. I was extremely excited to finally see what it had to offer. Unfortunately, I only had a day to see it and there was no abundance of waterfalls during the time I was there which was a major disappointment on my end.

I still made the most out of it and was able to hike Taft Point which is a short hike with absolutely stunning views. It’s only 2.2 miles round trip with barely any elevation gain only around 200 feet and an elevation of 7,700 feet.

Glacier Point is a scenic viewpoint. You can see the famous Half Dome from afar (see photos below). I was once invited to hike Half Dome but I backed out when I realized how tough it was and decided not to go. I should have done it because I was younger and far more athletic back then. It would have been quite an adventure.

Glacier Point Scenic Viewpoint
Amazing view of the Half Dome

The Swinging Bridge is a great place to relax, dip your feet in the water, and have a picnic. There are lots of picnic tables or you can just set up anywhere near the river. The Swinging Bridge doesn’t really swing it was replaced because the previous ones were repeatedly damaged by floods.

I was able to hit a few more short hiking trails along the way but I will not bore you with pictures of a trickle of waterfalls when I plan to go back sometime soon and explore some more. Hopefully, with gorgeous waterfall hikes as well.

Tips for this trip

  1. Bring lots of water and food
  2. Make sure to plan your itinerary ahead of time. It’s a huge park.
  3. Get a reservation ahead of time. You won’t be able to enter the park without one.
  4. Bring a mask, hand sanitizer, and alcohol.
  5. Be aware of bears and all wildlife. It is a National Park.
  6. Don’t forget your camera!
  7. There are tons of hiking in the area so bring hiking poles or a hiking stick.
  8. Wear hiking shoes and bring a pair of water shoes if you’d like to go on a dip on the river or lake. It’s really rocky and could hurt your feet easily.
  9. Bring an extra pair of clothes and socks.

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157 Comments Add yours

  1. Asia says:

    Thats a beautiful park! Have you ever been to Glacier National Park? My family and I traveled to three national parks and Glacier was our favorite. Even over yellowstone!

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    1. Bel says:

      No I haven’t been there but it is definitely on my list. I’m sure it will be one of my favorites as well 😊

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      1. Asia says:

        Theres a Beautiful view wherever you look, and we were able to see four black bears, two of which were adorable cubs, and a Grizzly bear running down the road!

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      2. Bel says:

        Bears scare me – especially the Grizzly bear – we don’t have them here!!! But I bet it was gorgeous.

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  2. Karen says:

    Wow, Glacier Point in particular looks gorgeous! Looks like you made the most of your day. Cheers.

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes the view was definitely amazing. Thank you! 😊

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  3. THAT VOODOO says:

    Amazing views!! I love mountains!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes! Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you 😊

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  4. robinwrites says:

    Just stunning pictures. Looks like a beautiful place. Maybe I’ll get there one day.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! Yosemite is really gorgeous! 😊

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  5. Maureen Gill says:

    These are beautiful pictures! What sort of camera do you use?

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I use an SLR, GoPro and iphone 😊

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      1. Maureen Gill says:

        Out of all of those, which do you like best?

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      2. Bel says:

        Probably the iphone because it’s what I use most during my regular hikes.

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  6. Rachel says:

    One day…dreaming of going to this beautiful place.

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    1. Bel says:

      You will definitely love it! ❤️

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      1. Rachel says:

        Can’t wait!

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  7. Hello Bel,
    Hiking is one of our favorite activities. So glad you got to go on this trip. We enjoy the wonderful photos. How about coming to Canada and explore the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We live right in the heart of six national parks at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a hikers and photographer’s paradise. Thank you for sharing your photos and experiences and tips.

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    1. Bel says:

      Canada is definitely on my list. I have a feeling I may never leave if I end up visiting those beautiful landscapes. It’s remote and there’s not a lot of people – my favorite kind of escape 😊

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      1. You are invited to stay with us. Best deal as there is no charge. We have lots of room and enjoy visitors. Also we like to be tour guides and share the beautiful place we live in.

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      2. Bel says:

        Thank you for the kind offer. You are lucky to be living in such a beautiful place. 😊

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  8. Great informative post, I didn’t know there are waterfalls at Yosemite. I’ve never been but it sounds beautiful, especially without the crowds.

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    1. Bel says:

      Definitely gorgeous and much better without crowds 😊

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  9. Beautiful photos💙

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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  10. The It List says:

    Breathtaking views 😍 Great post!!

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    1. Bel says:

      The views are really amazing 😊 Thank you!

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  11. heresmeg says:

    Thanks, Bel! Beautiful pictures – I can only imagine how beautiful the waterfall hikes will be once you get to go!

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    1. Bel says:

      Yes, I bet they will be spectacular for sure 😊 Thank you for your comment!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you 😊

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