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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

September 1 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
September 1 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
September 2 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
September 3 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
September 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 51. South wind 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
 
September 4 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
September 4 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
September 5 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 82. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
September 5 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
September 6 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
September 6 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 51. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening.
 
September 7 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 87. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south 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.

September 1 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 64. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
September 1 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 2 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 3 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 4 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 4 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
September 5 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
September 5 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
September 6 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 60. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
September 6 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
September 7 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 62. South southeast wind 5 to 10 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.