BobSmith wrote:OK. This year I'm headed to the San Juans in Colorado for two weeks of hiking and backpacking and peak bagging. But it 2013 I'm finally going to see Yosemite. I haven't decided what month, but we're leaning toward September.
What I want are some good suggestions for day hikes. I'm not a marathon day-hiker, so if it's more than 15 miles I likely won't fit it in. I stop a lot of take photos so that slows me down--especially in a place like Yosemite.
Hey Bob, as you said in your comment "lots of great suggestions" but I found the last two suggestions by Noondueler a definite must. They are located inside the valley itself, were as a lot of suggestions, though inside the park, are a bit remote or in the Yosemite high country. The Half Dome trail is beautiful, but the last few miles of it are boring until you get to the shoulder where you can look down into the valley. And, if you are not sure you will be able to get to the top, just do the first half.
Here's something different if you have about an hour in the valley. Hike up a faint climbers path to the base of El Capitan. Looking straight up the wall will give you a different perspective. The trail takes off from across the road from El Cap Meadow. When you get to the base of The Nose, you can go left or right. If you go left, you will see lots of climbers on the first few hundred feet of the wall. If you right you will get a fantastic view of the valley floor and the Cathedral Rocks.
Here's my suggestion for an easy high country hike. This hike is just outside of the park but you just can't beat the views.http://www.summitpost.org/saddlebag-lak ... ail/645638