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Yosemite National Park occupies 1,190 sq miles of some of the most beautiful landscape in the world, but the the one mile wide by seven mile long valley floor makes up the most popular part of the park. This small section of real estate is where the vast majority of people spend most of their time. During the busy summer months the valley looks more like a crowded metropolitan city park than a dedicated wilderness area.

But why the crowds congregate to this small little plot of land is by no means an accident. They are there because Yosemite Valley provides some of the best scenery to be found anywhere in the world. John Muir called it the "Crown Jewel of the Sierra Nevada"  


Weather in Yosemite can range from 100 degrees in the valley during the summer to below zero in the upper elevations of the park during the winter. Yosemite Valley that rests at an elevation of about 4,000 feet has fairly mild temperatures throughout the year, but as you go higher, the temperature (in general) decreases 1 degree Fahrenheit for every 300 feet of elevation gain. Precipitation also increases 2 to 4 inches for each 300 feet of elevation gain reaching a maximum at about 5000 to 6000 feet. You will hit these elevations along the Mist Trail between Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. Ninety five percent of the precipitation (both in rain and snow form) falls between October and May, with more than half (typically) falling in January, February, and March.

Timberline Trails recommends REI and Sierra Design for all your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR YOSEMITE VALLEY AT THE 3,998 FT LEVEL

June 29 Monday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
June 29 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
 
June 30 Tuesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
June 30 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
July 1 Wednesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 97. North wind around 5 mph becoming west in the morning.
 
July 1 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
 
July 2 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 2 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
July 3 Friday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
July 3 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
July 4 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light in the evening.
 
July 5 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind around 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
Ellery Lake Tuolumne Meadows


To the left is frozen Ellery Lake (9,489 feet) The Lake is located along the Tioga Road just below the Tioga Pass (9,943 feet) This photo was taken on June 6th, 2010 (opening day for the Tioga Pass Road that year).

When the Tioga Pass Road opens varies from year to year (depending on weather and snow conditions). Tioga Pass is the Eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park. It is the highest highway pass in California and in the Sierra Nevada.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR TUOLUMNE MEADOWS AT 8,650 FEET
Check out the big temperature drop when comparing the higher elevation of Tuolumne Meadows to the Valley Floor's forecast as noted above.

June 29 Monday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
June 29 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the evening.
 
June 30 Tuesday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
June 30 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 1 Wednesday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
July 1 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
July 2 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind around 10 mph.
 
July 2 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. East wind around 10 mph.
 
July 3 Friday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
July 3 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
July 4 Saturday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 5 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
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Shasta Lake Helen

Half Dome Cable Ladder to the Left

Psalm 103:11-13
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;  for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.