The Winter season in Yosemite National Park is great. It's well worth the extra effort getting there in rough driving conditions. Check the latest road conditions and weather forecast before you head up. Bring tire chains, your going to need them! ( required by law )
All of these images were taken by me. They have been altered in size only.
I have three favorite areas for "snow play" in Yosemite. The Mariposa Grove, Badger Pass / Glacier Point Road and Yosemite Valley. I will attempt with photos to show something of what it's like to go into these places in winter. This second diary, "part two" will cover the Valley.
Ski on past the orange snow bank if you want to see more.
Winter in Yosemite Valley has variable conditions. Located at about 4000 feet in elevation the snow line can be above or below for any storm that comes through. No matter what the weather brings it is always a very special place.
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail
This trail can often be closed in winter due to hazardous conditions. If it is open going up to the top of the falls has rewards for the intrepid winter hiker.
The rock faces surrounding Upper Yosemite Falls can build up ice overnight. With the warming of the sun during the day great slabs will fall off with booming crashes.
The next three photos show a shower of ice coming down just left of center on the falls.
Four Mile Trail
This trail is closed each year in the winter. Here are some photos taken just prior to seasonal closure. Starting with a series of Yosemite Falls across the valley taken from the trail. Again this is showing the Ice melt over the course of a morning. The sounds of the ice crashing down can be heard all around the valley.
John Muir and Mist Trails
Some portions of these two trails are open all year. Other parts are closed in winter. These photos are from the sections of these trails that close in winter.
I hope you have enjoyed this photo diary. The photobucket site has been acting a little wierd about image rotation lately. If any of the images are sideways my appologies.