Yosemite Winter Trip Planner

Yosemite Winter Trip Planner

Yosemite Winter | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Yosemite National Park offers visitors something for every season. But there is something especially magical about seeing the park in winter and if you’re lucky enough, with a fresh coat of snow! This 

Backpacking Young Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Backpacking Young Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Young Lakes | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Backpacking Young Lakes: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,720 ft. Distance: 18 miles (completing this trip as a loop) Elevation Gain: 2,850 ft. (more if you go out and back on the Dog Lake trail) Hike 

Hiking the Mirror Lake Trail | Yosemite National Park

Hiking the Mirror Lake Trail | Yosemite National Park

Mirror Lake Trail | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The Mirror Lake Trail: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 4,000 ft. Distance: 5.10 miles, round trip (your mileage may vary, depending on how far you go) Elevation Gain: 250 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Easy Food Storage: The 

Hiking the Four Mile Trail | Yosemite National Park

Hiking the Four Mile Trail | Yosemite National Park

Words and Photography by Brian Callender Hiking The Four Mile Trail: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 4,017 feet Distance: 10.5 miles, round trip Elevation Gain: 3,360 Hike Type: Day-hike, out and back Difficulty Level: Strenuous Food Storage: There are no bear boxes at the trailhead, so you’ll need to store any scented 

Hiking May Lake | Yosemite National Park

Hiking May Lake | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking May Lake: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,877 ft. Distance: 3.0 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 538 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate Food Storage: There are bear boxes at the  trailhead. During our visit, the parking 

Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Wapama Falls & Rancheria Falls |Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking Wapama & Rancheria Falls: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 3,844 Distance: 14 miles Elevation Gain: 2,275 Hike Type: Day-Hike Difficulty Level: Moderate (to Wapama Falls) Difficult (to Rancheria Falls) Food Storage: The National Park asks you 

Hiking Clouds Rest | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Clouds Rest | Yosemite National Park

Clouds Rest Hike | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Clouds Rest Hike: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 8,171 ft. Distance: 13.5 miles, roundtrip Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft. Hike Type: Day-hike Difficulty Level: Strenuous Food Storage: There are six bear boxes at the Sunrise 

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome Yosemite| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Spectacular views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest and Yosemite Valley make the hike to North Dome a must-do when visiting the Yosemite high country. This trail is seasonally accessible from Tioga Pass 

Yosemite Trip Planner

Yosemite Trip Planner

Yosemite Trip Planner | Words and Photos by Julie Boyd Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Yosemite National Park. This guide combines general information about planning your visit along with our recommendations based on years of visits to this special place.

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Lakes Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The hike to Cathedral Lakes had been high on our Yosemite list for the last few years and it’s easy to see why. Two alpine lakes, in the high country of Yosemite, 

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Stanford Point Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Unrelenting. That’s the feeling that was mutually shared between Julie and I on the hike to Stanford Point. In fact, several times, I found myself wondering aloud, when had we hiked a 

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd One of the premier hikes starting from Yosemite Valley, the hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls is a must-do when visiting the park. An incredibly popular trail thanks to its access 

Hiking to Upper Gaylor Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Upper Gaylor Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Gaylor Lakes, a short hike accessible from the Tioga Road in Yosemite, had been on our to-do list for some time. We had planned to do an overnight backpacking trip to Vogelsang, and found Gaylor Lakes 

Glacier Point Hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point | Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point Hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender Working full-time jobs means we live for the weekend, and more importantly, our weekend adventures. In the little over one year that we have lived in Northern California, we have made every effort 

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top in Winter | Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top in Winter | Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Yosemite is a magical place to visit anytime of year, but there’s something extra special about seeing the famous granite covered in a fresh layer of snow. Perhaps that lends 

Backpacking through the High Sierra Camps | Yosemite National Park, California

Backpacking through the High Sierra Camps | Yosemite National Park, California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd The Yosemite High Sierra Camps are a series of six outposts in the Yosemite wilderness, spaced roughly between 5-10 miles apart. Their proximity was designed so that adventurers could explore the high country of Yosemite, without 

Snowshoeing to Dewey Point | Yosemite National Park, California

Snowshoeing to Dewey Point | Yosemite National Park, California

Snowshoeing Yosemite | Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Winter is a magical time to visit Yosemite National Park. The valley is dusted with snow, the waterfalls are icy, the weather is chilly, and the summer crowds have dispersed. If you are lucky, 

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

The Best Adventures in Yosemite National Park | California

Best Adventures in Yosemite| Words and Photos by Julie Boyd When I was 16-years-old, my dad pulled the car over to take in the majesty of Yosemite Valley at Tunnel View on a family trip to the park. Since that first moment, when I gazed