Yosemite Valley Views: Iconic High Sierra Scenes
While looking up at Half Dome is great, there’s nothing like hiking up and looking back down at epic Yosemite Valley views. Enjoy this small collection of photos I took at various vantage points around the park.
The picture above was taken during the hike to North Dome, off Tioga Pass Road. This is an angle of Half Dome that I’ve never seen before, though I don’t think it does this iconic landmark justice.
Although you have to be prepared for icy road conditions, Yosemite Valley views in winter can be really striking. This photo was taken just after a cold winter storm had cleared up.
Surprisingly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photograph of the valley from this vantage point. It’s not far from the parking lot at Tunnel View….
While the hike to Upper Yosemite Falls almost killed me, some of the best views I’ve ever seen in the park were certainly worth it.
View From The Road
Many tourists are in a hurry to get down to the valley floor. However, keep your eye out just after you pass through the Highway 120 tunnel – you’ll see this incredible view of Bridalveil and the Merced River Canyon.
This shot was taken from the trail above North Dome. Even though this hike wasn’t nearly as brutal as upper Yosemite Falls, it’s still nothing to shake a stick at – especially in the heat of late summer.
Here’s a tight zoom of Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome in all their spring glory – taken from Tunnel View. The water flow of the falls was especially heavy on this warm May day, and the passing clouds made for a dramatic black and white scene.
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– Nathan Allen
I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.