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Yosemite Information

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  Links to webpages with information about Yosemite National Park

Try an edit-find function (hold down Ctrl, then type the letter F) on your computer to ‘search’ this page.

  Yosemite trips index for De Anza College Outdoor Club trips to Yosemite


Snow Camp is the main trip page for the annual Outdoor club trip to Yosemite Valley, usually in February (with links to info/prices for Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (Badger Pass) downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing, the daily Ranger-led snowshoe walk, Ansel Adams gallery free photo walks, ice skating . . . ) OR try the shorter

Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent or the cafeteria

 For info on the logistics of where to pitch your tent, dealing with iced car door locks, staying warm and comfy overnight while winter camping in or out of Yosemite,                                                go to: includes trail safety notes, and info about mountain lions


 Links to Yosemite National Park trails include:

upper Yosemite falls

Vernal Falls (with the stairs of the Mist Trail) and Nevada falls

How to find the location of John Muirs cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite valley


People climb over barriers meant to protect them and as a result slide over waterfalls in Yosemite. Fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering has press releases about them.

Yosemite Valley free shuttle bus has the route, stops and how to find the store, shower house, trailheads and hints for saving time using the free bus by better understanding the route as well as basic info about fee buses in Yosemite

Using a campsite food storage locker

gives you ideas on how to use one, including some logistics on sharing one in a large group.

Yosemite Valley rafting advice includes rentals info and do-it-yourself

Bears has how bears break into cars in Yosemite National Park and how to prevent it happening to you (with lots of photos of actual bears climbing in to cars), what to do if you see a bear, how to store food away from bears and more.

How much water will there be in the Yosemite waterfalls?

Yosemite valley flooding, spring runoff and snow pack/ snow water content for various years.

The same shot of Yosemite Falls in three pictures: a flooded Sentinel Meadow taken May 16,  June, 2005 and a snow covered February 4, 2008.

Yosemite Valley   is an attempt to show the grandeur of the depth and width of the valley through photos of Yosemite Falls. It has a map of the Yosemite Lodge area.

The view from Glacier Point down to Yosemite Valley, day time and night time

Yosemite nature and photo links has links for wildflower, mammal, bird, geology, star guides and more

Rock Falls in Yosemite  2008 to the most recent report and safety tips for hikers

Using a Yosemite campsite food storage locker

gives you ideas on how to use one, including some logistics on sharing one and fitting everything in one with a large group.

Backpacking advice has these sections: Must bring for each large group (or perhaps for each couple or person), Must bring backpacking for each person, Some (crazy?) people think these are optional for backpacking, Backpacking luxuries(?), Do not bring these backpacking, To keep down on weight backpacking, Don’t rush out and buy, BACKBACKING FOOD, Low-cook backpacking foods, Yosemite National Park WILDERNESS PERMITS, Leave no trace camping has these basic principles.

Cell phones can be helpful in the wilderness or they can contribute to problems when people take risks they would not otherwise.     has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.

Camping solutions for women  answers questions such as: Can menstruating women camp or backpack around bears? How do I wash my hair when camping?

At have more fun camping  you can learn how to build campfires that don’t smoke too much, how to pack an ice chest, do dishes in camp and lots more.

Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness? and some sting prevention notes are at:

Thunderstorm and lightning safety  includes the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake. AND What is it like when lightning strikes?

A summer equipment checklist for campers and/or dayhikers is at:

for winter trips see;

For a checklist of all of the winter camping gear (but without all the reasons and descriptions) go to

Tuolumne trip pages:

 How to drive to Tuolumne Meadows:

 A short walk from the campground, a great swimming hole:

 our favorite Tuolumne area hike:

 a shorter hike to the top of Lembert Dome

 Tuolumne group campsites info:

 Cow Parsnip, Coneflower, Pussypaws, Penstemon, Phlox, Columbine, Monkeyflower, Sulphur Flower, Iris, Groundsel and Lupine

 At Tuolumne we camp at 8,600 plus feet elevation. You will probably feel out of breath at first and may even get a headache and lose appetite. You can get more sunburned. Read At Altitude

for advice. It includes why your tent mate might seem to stop breathing.

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Last Updated: 2/28/17