Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Views from Northside Drive - Yosemite National Park

Northside Drive is a westbound one-way road leading from Yosemite Village west towards El Portal Road and the exit from Yosemite Valley and Yosemite National Park. There are fewer viewpoints along this drive than on the parallel Southside Drive, but they make up for a lack of quantity with a tremendous quality. We drove and stopped along Northside Drive during our March 2018 visit to the park.

Snow covered Taft Point (7500')

Gunsight between Middle Cathedral Rock (6644') and Lower Cathedral Rock (5600')

Lower Cathedral Spire (5880'+)

El Capitan Meadow

El Capitan (7569')

Another view of Lower Cathedral Rock

El Capitan from the meadow
Cracks in the granite become climbing routes
El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall reflected in the Merced River

Lower and Middle Cathedral Rocks above Bridalveil Fall
Cathedral Rocks, Bridalveil Falls, and Leaning Tower

Entrance to Yosemite National Park requires an entry fee of $30 per passenger vehicle for a 7-day pass. The price increases to $35 per vehicle on June 1, 2018. Any of the America the Beautiful passes may be used instead.

The park website is https://www.nps.gov/yose.

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