Thursday, April 9, 2015

Vernal Falls Hike

Trail type: Out and back
Elev. Gain: 1500 feet
Distance: 5 miles round trip
Difficulty: Strenuous
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Written by Ivan Salva
In the heart of world famous Yosemite National Park Vernal Falls is one of the top attractions. This hike will take you on the trail right to the foot steps of the majestic Vernal falls. During the hike you might warm up a little from climbing the trail but once you get to the falls you will be refreshed by misty breeze coming down from the falls. You will experience the power and beauty of thousands of gallons of water crashing down on the rocks below. But we will not stop there, we will continue on the trail bending around the falls which turns into stairways next to sheer cliff overlooking the falls. Once you get to the top of the falls you will appreciate breath taking views from the top. Then we will connect to famous Joan Mura Trail that will lead us back to the Yosemite Valley. This trail is about 5 miles round trip with close to 2000' elevation gain.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Steep Ravine Trail

This is a beautiful, lush green and mostly shady day hike. We will start at the top near the ranger station. To get to Steep Ravine Trail we will first take an Old Mine trail then we will connect to Dipsea Trail. We will continue on the Dipsea Trail for awhile with a lovely ocean view, then the trail takes you into the tall red wood trees where the sunlight is barely seen. Before we connect to the Steep Ravine Trail we will take some steps down and cross a creek on the bridge. Steep Ravine Trail will take us back to the top where we started through lash green plantation that will make you feel like you are in the rain forest. Trail will continue following a small creek and crossing the creek by the old wooden bridges. This is a moderate hike 3.7 miles loop which will take about 3 hours to complete. See you on the trail !!

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                                                                      Written by: Ivan Salva

Trail info:

Trail type: loop

Elev. Change: 960 feet

Distance: 3.7 miles loop

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 3 hours

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rare Wonder: Alamere Falls!!!!

                                   Do you want to see a rare wonder ?
Then come with us to Alamere falls. There is only one other waterfalls like Alamere falls in California because it is classified as a "tidefall". A tidefall is a waterfall that flows directly into the ocean. This trail starts from the Palomarin trailhead and is a 7.5 mile round trip. On this trail you will come across two lakes which are surrounded by green lush vegetation, two waterfalls that are very different from each other. The first waterfall you come across is classified as a cascade and there is actually 3 of them which are 30 feet long in total. The second water fall as you head towards the beach is a beautiful tidefall that drops 40 feet to the beach below. It can get as wide as 25 feet  during rainy season. You will come to a sign that reads ".4 miles to  Alamere falls." Here the trail becomes very narrow and you might feel as if you are an explorer on a quest to finding something worth seeing. Posion oak can be found on both sides of this narrow path. It is highly reccomanded to wear long sleeved shirts and pants to insure that your body is safe from contacting poision oak. As you venture out of the narrow path you will be able to see the beach from the distance. To get to the first waterfall you have to go through the first crack in the cliff which is fairly easy. Then you get to the 1st waterfall. Here you find people washing hands and swimming in the small plunge pool that looks fairly shallow. It is never recommended to stand underneath the waterfall because rocks and boulders frequently fall. You already feel the gradification for going this far to see the 1st water fall but the best is yet to come. Like most things in life the best things require some work. In order to get down to the wonder you have to go down a steep hill  to get down to the beach. To the left is the grand rare "tidefall." Now you can sit back and enjoy the sound of the ocean and waterfall entwined .

What is included in the trip:

*A skilled, friendly guide, certified as a Wilderness First Aid
*Trail snacks to enjoy during the hike
*A carpool list so you can arrange rides to the trip
* Digital copy of professionally edited photo of you, for you to keep or share on your social network

Things NOT included but must be taken along:

*Clothes suitable for the weather on the activity day (recommend to avoid cotton)
*appropriate hiking footwear (footwear needs to be well brake in)
*2 to 3 liters of water
*A small daypack or backpack to carry your water and clothing layers.

We hope to see you on the trail.
 Trip cost $25.00

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Written by: Irina Vakulchik