In the summer, Yosemite Valley gets crazy with visitors, and hotel reservations must be made long in advance. An alternative is the Yosemite National Park 'high country', located along Highway 120 - Tioga Pass Road which is usually not open due to snow accumulations until late May.
In this view is Olmstead Point a short quarter of a mile hike from the parking lot off Tioga Pass Road. Located 40 miles from Yosemite Valley via Highway 120, turn right at Crane Flat after leaving the Valley.
The view here is spectacular with Clouds Rest and Half Dome to the east. The surrounding granite slopes contain 'erratics' - giant boulders left behind by glaciers, which make for fine photo opportunites.
There is no lodging along Tioga Road except for camp grounds and the Tuolumne Meadows rustic lodge with limited accomodations. An alternative is to continue driving east about 15 miles to Lee Vining which has about 3 hotels.
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serp2000 (40400) 2014-01-22 9:06
Just impressive landscape... I have never seen this part of California, or... or I just forgot it. Very strong nature, these granite slopes look like a dangerous place for a walk. Thanks for this presentation, and for so interesting note.
dkmurphys (50032) 2014-01-23 0:19
Lovely panorama, looks like there is a petrified waterfall...Wonderful and impressive!
Have a good day ahead.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-23 11:09
very interested landscape thanks to the different POV. The slope seems to be disappearing in the darker corner of the picture like into some kind of funnel. Very nice light and colors.
Thanks for sharing
fabbs99 (16495) 2014-01-23 20:33
Lovely shot of the hilly slope .Fine natural colors and good composition.Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very well done, TFS.
annjackman (19937) 2014-01-25 11:13
I have driven along the Tioga pass just once as my other two visits to Yosemite were too early in the year for the pass to be open. I love this rock formation and how small the trees look. A fabulous viewpoint and a super record of this wonderful place.
Kind Regards, Ann