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SPRING IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

02 April

Spring in Yosemite National Park.

April and May bring spring to the Sierra Nevadas. Snow storms are making way for spring showers and the return of many animals, plants and of course wild flowers.

As warmer weather approaches the snow begins to melt in the back country transforming the meandering creeks, streams, springs and rivers into torrents of rushing white water. Dozens of named and unnamed water falls and cascades appear on the valley walls filling the air with the song of water and ice.

Long before the word therapy came into cultural awareness, John Muir was preaching it!

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” — John Muir

MUSIC THERAPY

In the spring, a natural symphony plays its seasonal arrangement among the rocks, trees and boulders. Its sound as varied and delicate as the smallest of musical wind chimes to the bass earth shaking notes that travel through the air and along the ground sending vibrations that can be felt in your bones. Relax, close your eyes, and let yourself drift away with the sounds of nature.

BREATHING THERAPY

Along with the clean mountain, air the waterfalls fill the valley with negative ions, those carefree, odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules that we inhale with every breath, creating mood altering biochemical reactions. Want to decrease your stress, depression, and anxiety? Sit by a waterfall, stream, or river and just breath deeply while they neutralize free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism, enhance immune function, purify the blood, and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion.

MOVEMENT THERAPY

Many trails become accessible again such as the 4 Mile Trail, Vernal and Nevada Falls Trail, and the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. The hiking is easy with little fear of slipping on ice or snow. Watch for deer, bobcats, coyotes, bears as well as the many birds that are returning to the park.

MAKE IT HAPPEN

April through June is a great time to be in Yosemite. The trails are cool, dust free, and still relatively crowd free. As our lodge is 2000 feet above the valley floor, we might even get a late season snow storm or two while the valley receives the rain that will bring forth the new year's growth and wild flowers.

These late season storms don't last long. The ground is warm and the snow melts quickly affording our guests the opportunity to experience one last glimpse of winter while enjoying the embrace and promise of summer to come in the lower valleys.

Call us at 619-948-8560, or Book now .

 

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    Spring storms bring the rain that powers another generation of plants and flowers in the Sierras.
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    Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. The Merced is wide and flowing and many summer meadows are under water.
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    Hear the roar of the waterfalls filling every corner of the valley with the music of nature.
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    April showers bring May flowers.
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    Bring a rain jacket. The mists around the larger waterfalls can be drenching.
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    Most larger streams and rivers come alive with furiously descending white water rapids.
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    New buds bloom on trees and bushes.
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    The alpine glow of early spring in the valley.
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    The upper and lower falls flowing into the Merced River, Vernal and Nevada Falls respectively. A wonderful spring hike.
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    There are two mist trails to negotiate on the way to the Nevada Falls. The mists bring to life wonderful rainbows of all shapes and sizes along the river. Bring a poncho on this hike!
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    The water flow just below the final ascent to the top of Nevada Falls.
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    The Yosemite Falls in the valley. Some of the trails around the falls may be temporarily flooded with spring run off.
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    Spring brings dozens of un-named waterfalls and cascades to life for a brief time.
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    There are many waterfalls not seen from the Valley. Exploring the park is highly recommended.
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    The Cascade Falls, dry in the summer, is viewed from the Wawona Road, a.k.a., highway 41. This waterfall in the Merced Canyon flows under highway 120 and falls into the Merced river at the west end of the valley.
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    Meadows are full of water and the first spring flowers. McGurk Meadow located off Glacier Point Road is probably best in June when the meadow trails are bit dryer but wonderfully beautiful in early spring when marshy. Bring good water-proof shoes for early spring.
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    Wild flowers in McGurk Meadow.
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    Wild Flowers in McGurk Meadow
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    New growth covers the last year's leaves and plants. The winter palette of brown and tan is replaced with the greens and colors of summer.
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    When the upper passes are open, traveling to Tuolumne Meadows via highway 120 is a must. But bring water-tight foot gear.
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    The back country in the spring as seen from Tuolumne Meadows. These meadows are normally dry by July but every bit as beautiful.
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    The Moon Bow on Yosemite Falls is a wonderful spring event, but typically late night viewing. Get out of bed, it is worth it!
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    Many meadow in the valley that are dry in the summer may be underwater or marsh in the spring.
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    Of course, last but not least, the Dogwoods in bloom have to be the official herald of spring in the valley. Look for them along the rivers and stream in the park.