Travel & Outdoor
National Park Journal

National Park Journal Yosemite 2018

Get the digital version of the National Park Journal with its four separate park editions (Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Yosemite) to discover all-time favorite road trips to the national parks. From Utah’s dazzling deserts, the adobe-lined streets of New Mexico’s charming towns, Wyoming’s authentic outposts, California’s stunning coastline and Colorado’s mountain towns, we feature all the amazing places to explore en route to the parks, no matter where you begin your adventure. Plus , our insider’s guide includes our top things to do in each national park in 48 hours. Discover the best hiking trails, campsites and attractions in our magazine. Our illustrated wildlife guide will help you discover the best of the park's wild animals, including tips on where to find them, and our packing list ensures you don’t leave anything at home.

United States
Active Interest Media
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor's note

There’s an old telephone booth near the entrance of Upper Pines campground in Yosemite National Park. Last summer, I stepped into it to investigate if it was, in fact, still operational. It was! Above the phone, a bright yellow sign was plastered to the glass with the title “Free Calls.” Below, it read: “Get God’s Blessing/Daily Prayer press *10, Need Help Finding A Job, press *12” before it listed the names of major banks you could reach by simply pressing * and a two-digit number. Of course, I thought. Only in a place as stunning as Yosemite can you find a direct line to God, whatever God you believe in, located nonchalantly in a campground. There are a number of natural places left in the world that feel sacred when you enter…

1 min.
paperless trail

YOUR SHOT You flooded our annual photo contest with incredible shots. Here are the top three photographs from our 2017 contest. Learn more about our contest on page 85 and enter our 2018 contest at nationalparktripsmedia.com . Grand Prize Wildlife Brown bear Lake Clark National Park ROGER TWILLEY • TULSA, OKLA. Grand Prize Landscape A beautiful night at Ruby Beach Olympic National Park MATT MEISENHEIMER • JANESVILLE, WIS. Grand Prize Night Skies The Milky Way rises boldly over Arch Rock Joshua Tree National Park TONY PRINCE • YUCCA VALLEY, CALIF. Online Visit MyYosemitePark.com to find out where to stay and what to do during your vacation. Interested in exploring other national parks? Check us out: MyGrandCanyonPark.com MyOlympicPark.com MyRockyMountainPark.com MySmokyMountainPark.com MyUtahParks.com MyYellowstonePark.com Trip Planner Start planning your dream vacation by requesting our tip-filled Yosemite Trip Planner online. You also can request vacation planning materials from our…

2 min.
behind the scenery

By the time preservationist John Muir visited Yosemite in 1868, artists had already captured the beauty of the area, captivating the nation’s imagination. And before them, people had been living in the park for more than 4,000 years. In fact, the last Miwok village in the park was demolished in 1969. That’s 79 years after Yosemite became a national park. While more than 5 million people visited the park last year, there's an unusual sight tucked in the northwest corner that less than 1 percent of all Yosemite visitors see. Amid towering granite domes lies the 8-mile-long Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. It's liquid gold, supplying more than 2.4 million San Francisco area residents with water. But it also sparked one of the first national conversations on valuing wilderness over development in the early…

5 min.
park entrance primer

HETCH HETCHY ENTRANCE (Hwy.120) Leave the crowds behind. The farthest north of the four western entrances, the Hetch Hetchy Entrance leads you to one of the park’s quieter areas. In 2016, only 62,745 visitors ventured here during all 12 months of the year in comparison to 5,028,870 visitors to the entire Yosemite National Park. Access it via 120 and by Evergreen Road. It is open year round but only during daylight hours, unless you have a backcountry permit. It is believed that the word “Hetch Hetchy” comes from the Miwok word “hetchetici,” which described the seeds of native grass used for food and other things. Lower in elevation than other park areas, Hetch Hetchy has a long hiking season from early spring through fall. Two of North America's largest waterfalls are here, flowing…

4 min.
48 hours in yosemite

BREAKFAST AT BIG TREES LODGE (FORMERLY WAWONA HOTEL) With the sun streaming through large windows, this charming restaurant set in a Victorian-era hotel has a great breakfast menu to fuel you for the day. MARIPOSA GROVE Slated to reopen in spring 2018 after a lengthy restoration project, this grove is the largest of the park's three groves and home to approximately 500 giant sequoias. VALLEY VISITOR CENTER AND ANSEL ADAMS GALLERY Stop at the Valley Visitor Center to learn about the park's geology and cultural history. Next door is the Ansel Adams Gallery, featuring Adams’ work and a gift shop. HIKE DOWN FROM GLACIER POINT ON FOUR-MILE TRAIL Stunning views surround you at Glacier Point, a popular viewpoint, before you descend through forested terrain with amazing views to the valley bottom. See pages 14-15. HIKE MIST TRAIL This trail…

1 min.
trailhead talk

Backcountry vs. frontcountry campsite: A backcountry campsite requires you to get there on foot. A frontcountry site enables you to camp near your car. Cairn: This is a pile of stones, marking a route or landmark. Headlamp: An incredibly handy device, it's a light attached to an elastic band that you wear on your head to see in the dark. Privy: It’s a discrete word for outhouse or bathroom. Switchbacks: Switchbacks make a Z-shaped trail up a hill. Hiking them is easier than going straight up or down a steep hill. Trailhead: Often marked by a sign, it's the start of a trail. Crag: It's a steep rock face. In Yosemite, you'll see climbers at the base of crags preparing to ascend them. Water pump: These are often found at campgrounds, supplying potable water.…