With a very low snowpack last winter, most of the famous falls are pretty well dry. Yosemite Falls, the 5th largest in the world is a total memory. Bridalveil Fall usually runs longer than most because of its north facing drainage and it is softer soil, not granite underneath the basin, so it can retain water longer. Vernal is normally an 80 ft wide gusher – it’s down to 2 small strands. 600 ft high Nevada Fall is still running lightly but it more rolls down the wall and doesn’t shoot out as in spring.
I did Half Dome #39 on Monday. Although the valley saw 9 degrees, we were pleasant on the hike. Remember, you will lose 3 degrees F for every 1,000 feet you go up. A gorgeous day – blue sky and no clouds. Be careful if you are going up in August…that’s the prime thunderstorm month. The permit system continues to make for a nice trip with many periods of solitude. However only about 250 or so are showing up….good news for the 2-day permit system.
Accompanying me were my sister (who I credit in my book for getting me to do the hike in 1990), her son and buddy. The latter two were “HD virgins.” We all did fine and got back in 12 hours. 2 large pizzas later we crashed. Sleeping with earplugs is the way to go. The others complained of rowdy Curry Village Tent Cabin neighbors, but I snoozed away, oblivions to the noise early in the morning.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When one is alone at night in the depths of these woods, the stillness is at once awful and sublime. Every leaf seems to speak.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com