After months of being submerged under many feet of snow, the upper areas of the park are now thawing out. Tuolumne Meadows is a nearly 9,000 feet and with all roads clear and blue skys overhead, you are free to poke around up there.
Olmstead Point is my favorite on the Tioga Road. I love erratics. Amazing how they got there!
Load up on your hiking stuff at the Tuolumne Meadows Store. It is now open daily from 8 am – 8 pm.
Tuolumne Meadows Lodge and Grill willbe filling your need for grease…they are scheduled to open for the season on Tuesday, August 1. Gee, August 1 sounds like the end of the summer. :>(
The Hikers Bus from the valley is scheduled to begin Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10. Check the Schedule and fares <here>.
Learn how to see Giant Trees while Mariposa grove is still closed.
The Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle will also begin to run on Tuesday, August 1 – Sunday, September 10.
If you’re a Flora person, look for these: alpine aster, nearly-black sedge, King’s ricegrass, western bistort, Breweri’s reed grass, dwarf bilberry, thread-leaved sedge, pussy-toes, Sierra lodgepole pine, and Ross sedge.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We are stardust, we are golden. We are billion year old carbon. And we got to get ourselves back to the garden. ” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome