Groveland Ranger Station

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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Many of us drive to Yosemite via Hwy 120. This road will take you thru the booming Metroplex of Groveland. Actually, it’s very historic and worth a stop. I love the Iron Door Saloon for a burger or maybe the Hotel Charlotte for a bite. If you pop into Mt Sage you can get a nice smoothie and free wifi. Cell coverage is wimpy for me on ATT so make all your calls before you leave the Central Valley.

As you head east on 120 and enter Groveland, Mt Sage is in an old house on your right.

Park and come on in! They sell first class photographs of mountain scenes and well as some basic hiking supplies. There is not a full scale outfitter in town – hmm a biz opportunity for you? Say hi to Colton, the proprietor or one of his staff. Their wifi room is nice and cozy so you can do your last minute stock trades. While there, you need to poke around – they carry my book. Yeah, but even better, there is a Ranger there.

Cynthia Smith had the duty when I was there last. You will find a ton of printed park material as well as good old talking with a knowledge source about the happenings at the park.

Collocated (in the same room) is the Groveland Chamber of Commerce. Usually not of much interest to transients, but they can help you find out where to stay or eat or shop. Yes, SHOP. There are some neat stores in town, so spend a few Euros or Greenbacks. On your way out of town, a stop at the Groveland Museum is on you left. This is a hidden gem with many displays of local history from the gold days as well as Yosemite.

Saturday, September 24 is  National Public Lands Day.  FREE park admission for one and all. I have no clue what we are supposed to do on this day. A parade? A ho-down? A barn dance? Solemn meditation? Oh well, you get in free.  The crummy weather is moving out so I hope yall get to the top of Tissiack.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.” – John Muir 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Kathy says:

    Just a couple of other Groveland tidbits. The sweet potato fries at the Iron Door are also fantasic. Mountain Sage has the only sugar free mocha and white chocolate lattes I have ever found, so if you want a sugar free Zebra Mocha – here is the spot. If you absolutely have to get in that last call or vm check on the cell phone for both att and verizon before you hit the Valley floor, pull into Big Oak Flat and you should have reception. If you pass the Catholic Church in Big Oak Flat no more reception for a while. And finally, we had what looks like the last thunder/lightening storm here in the foothills last night – Tuesday 9/13 so there are at least a couple of days in which the Granite should be dry. 🙂

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