• Clouds Rest Afternoon View
    Hiking

    Hiking Clouds Rest in Yosemite

    If you’re looking for arguably the best view of the valley, hiking Clouds Rest in Yosemite will certainly fit the bill. Though I’ve been lucky to visit Yosemite several times, our most recent trip in October was the first time I’d really sought out hikes outside of the famous (and crowded) valley. While the valley certainly has its share of showstoppers – I’m excited to start exploring more of the park, starting with the 14.5 mile Clouds Rest hike.

  • Top of Nevada Fall - Yosemite
    Hiking,  Travel

    Hiking Yosemite’s Mist Trail & John Muir Trail Loop

    Originally, I wanted to include details hiking Yosemite’s Mist Trail in my previous overnight trip to Yosemite post. However, it quickly became a monster of a post, so I decided to split this section out to make things easier to digest. If you’re not familiar with the Mist Trail, it’s a popular day hike from Yosemite Valley that provides spectacular views of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. In the springtime, these falls are thunderous – it’s definitely well worth the uphill climb!

  • Sunset Tunnel View Yosemite National Park
    Camping,  Travel

    2 Days, 1 Night in Yosemite: Quick Overnight Trip Itinerary

    Recently, I was lucky to snag a coveted campsite reservation in North Pines Campground, one of the few campgrounds located within Yosemite Valley. Though I could only fit a quick 2 day, 1 night trip to Yosemite into my schedule, it was well worth the drive from San Francisco. With a record snow season this year, the waterfalls were in full force – many of which haven’t been seen for years due to the drought. Read on for tips about choosing a campsite and making the most out of an overnight trip to Yosemite.

  • View of Washington Column from North Pines Campground
    Camping,  Gear,  Travel

    What to Pack for Yosemite in the Spring

    Though Yosemite is located in central California, its weather varies greatly from the nearby warmer, dryer central valley. In the spring, temperatures can swing from 20 degrees F to 80 degrees F in the span of days – which can make packing a challenge. Like dressing for San Francisco, the key is to bring layers that can be easily added or removed. Read on for what I packed recently for a three-day two-night car camping trip!