I spent the morning in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia. These are the largest organisms on the planet. There are trees that are taller, and there are trees that have larger trunks, but these have the combination that provides the largest volume. They are ginormous!
What I thought was going to be a quick jaunt through the forest to look at a couple of trees, turned into an all morning, something like 6 mile hike. It was worth it though as I made it to Wawona Point overlooking Wawona Valley. Pretty nice view.
From there I headed over to the Glacier Point drive and stopped off to hike the Sentinal Dome. That was just a leisurely 2 mile hike to the top of Sentinal Dome, and oh boy, was it ever worth it! Sentinal Dome is on the south rim of Yosemite valley and gives you a panoramic view of the entire valley and the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains. This is the place to see it all. I could have spent all afternoon there, but nature calls, as it were…
I finally made it out to Glacier Point and what do you know, more great views. From here, the only major feature not visible is El Capitan and since it’s lower down the valley wall then the Sentinal Dome, the surrounding mountains aren’t visible, but spectacular shots of Half Dome are easily had.
By this time, it was 4:30 and time to start the drive back to the campground. Yosemite is such a huge park, 1.2 million acres, at least 6 separate entrances and seemingly endless possibilities. This is definitely someplace everyone should see and I’ll definitely be coming back. I want to hike to the top of Half Dome, but didn’t have the time on this short visit.