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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

July 27 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 84. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
July 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 57. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
July 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 88. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
July 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
July 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 92. East northeast wind around 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
July 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
July 30 Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
July 30 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
July 31 Friday   Partly sunny, with a high near 89. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
July 31 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
 
August 2 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
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.

July 27 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 39. Light and variable wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
 
July 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 65. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
July 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight.
 
July 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
July 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 5 mph.
 
July 30 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
July 30 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
 
July 31 Friday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
July 31 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
August 2 Sunday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West northwest 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.