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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hiking at Yosemite Valley Floor Loop Trail

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Distance: 13 miles full loop.
Elevation/Difficulty: It is mostly a flat hike, with only 200 ft elevation gain/loss but the full loop is 13 miles long.
Start of Trail: Shuttle Stop 6 or 7
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Yosemite is a huge natural park that it abounds with outdoor opportunities. Tourists can have so many ways of enjoying its natural wonders. Whether it be rock climbing, river rafting, biking, hiking, para-gliding, base jumping, fishing, swimming, skiing, horse back riding, and what else is there that man could think of. It is open all year round, but each season offers a different scenery. Spring to early summer, the waterfalls are at their best and the valley floor is marvelously adorned by wildflowers.
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For me, the best way to experience a natural park is by foot, where you see and experience the little details of nature that are often passed upon. Yosemite offers more than 800 miles of trails, from very easy to extremely strenuous.
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The Yosemite Valley usually gets the impression of being too crowded, that most hikers would usually recommend to stay away from the Valley. However, contrary to this popular notion, the Valley Floor Loop hike actually is very quiet.


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It is one of the tranquil ways to enjoy the Valley Floor. Yes, there may be some sections which are overly crowded to experience a oneness with nature, such as along the trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls,
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and Bridalveil Falls
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but aside from these two places, you would actually be thinking where all the other people went.

18 comments:

  1. oh how beautiful these pictures are!! The waterfall takes my breath away! I wish I was a good hiker but get too distracted. I can run on the treadmill but not so athletic like you.

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  2. photo #5 has to be my favourite. awesome pictures Beth! ;)

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  3. Oh, Betchai, I am not a very religious person but I've always felt that Yosemite is God's country. There is just nothing like it as you have so gorgeously displayed with these photos. They are brilliant and that rainbow capture is very special. Have a great weekend my friend :)

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  4. wow! still catching my breath here....awesome series of photos Betchai!!!

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  5. i have to add my fave photos are the one with the kiddos, the rainbow and the falls and the tiny butterfly...i always tend to focus on critters wherever i go too, it is amazing how beautiful the world of tiny creatures is...and that sometimes only a few take notice...love yah!

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  6. "it is amazing how beautiful the world of tiny creatures is...and that sometimes only a few take notice...love yah!" - from Zen

    so true Zen, so true.

    thanks Zen, Heidi, Che and Jo.

    @ Jo, I have to agree with you.

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  7. the pictures are amazing and so relaxing, thank you for this beauty and good-mood!I love that rainbow, have a lovely weekend!

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  8. oh this is breathtaking. too bad we were not able to go there with my cousin during my vacation there. it was closed due to bad weather.

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  9. Beautiful landscape of nature! Yosemite is one of the places I would love to explore.

    Gorgeous photos, Betchai, and the rainbow at the end is just fantastic.

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  10. Your Yosemite pictures are all breathtaking, but my fave is the children running in the meadow. I would love to visit there. :)

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  11. Your photos always make me take a step back to soak in the marvelous things on this earth.

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  12. The waterfalls are so gorgeous. It looks like you had a beautiful day.

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  13. How very beautiful. I was in Yosemite around 30 years ago but never knew of this trail. Your photos show what I missed and hopefully I will be able to make another trip there some day. Thanks so much for such a great tour.

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  14. I love your travel photos, and experiences as physically, I won't ever be able to do that.

    These pictures are spectacular!

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  15. Yosemite is gorgeous, haven't been back since the dating ages. Love how you caught the rainbow.

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  16. Beautiful pictures. The waterfalls are breathtaking. I can only imagine how beautiful this whole place is from this sampling.

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  17. Those photos are unbelievable. I just love how you've posted them veritically... I can view so much more of the scene.

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  18. Wonderful shots from Yosemite. It is one of my favorite parks. A great hike and beautiful Yosemite scenery.

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