Yosemite Valley on foot

California black oak - Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley offers two distinct types of experiences for visitors exploring the Park on foot. There are countless hikes in the moderate to strenuous category that make for an unbelievable trip for experienced hikers and backpackers.

But we recently visited the Yosemite Valley with our two young boys and our agenda was set based on their skills. The result was amazing.

Just a short walk from the Yosemite Lodge, our homebase, is this often photographed California black oak. I shot this tree in the morning light, the high afternoon sun, and the last light of evening.

This tree seems to serve as a beacon for local wildlife and visitors alike.

It’s across Northside Drive from the Yosemite Falls Trail and sits between Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite Village. Everyone finds themselves here at some point.

Trails bisect the meadow which makes this spot a natural meeting area.

Regardless of your plan next trip to the Yosemite Valley, be sure to make time to stop here, shoot a few pics, and watch the deer make their way through the meadow as the day winds to an end.

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