Day 5: Vernal & Nevada Falls
Today we decided to hike up into two of the more popular falls in the Yosemite Valley. The two falls are described as neighboring twins – both narrow in shape, pushing their water charge over broad, vertical sheer rock cliffs. All in, the elevation change along the six-mile trail was just over 2,000 ft.
Unfortunately, it is Fall so most of the rivers and waterways are bone dry, resulting in significantly reduced falls activity. Nonetheless, we wanted to venture up off the Valley floor for views from high above. About 8 miles round trip from our campsite, the distance wasn’t material; rather the elevation rise was significant.
Turns out Chris developed quite a thirst on the trail.
Blue skies and little tree cover made for hot temperatures and loads of sweat as we ascended to the top. The effort was totally worth the work as the views from atop the valley are quite spectacular.
Once at the top, we ate our pack lunch and made no effort to be swift in that endeavor. The expansive views and perfect temperatures made me wish I would be spending the night at the elevation, not in the crowded valley floor.
Soon enough reality set in and it was time to get moving again. Katie Dog and Lilly were back at the Airstream waiting our return so that they could commence with their long walk of the day.