Three little hikes to great views around the park
Southeast from Illouette Ridge Northeast from Illouette Ridge
A visitor once asked a park ranger what to do if they had only one day in Yosemite. The park ranger said, "I would sit right down and have myself a good cry".
Yet with a car, some prior recon, and a little scrambling you can view quite a bit of the Yosemite essence in a day and still have time to relax for lunch and maybe do some fishing along the way.
Lembert Dome, Olmstead Point and Illilouette Ridge
Tenaya Lake area from above Olmstead point West view from Lembert Dome
Jay and I camped around Mono Lake. We drove up and hiked Lembert Dome in Tuolumne Meadows first. Then we stopped at Tenaya Lake.
I ate lunch and Jay went fishing after pounding down a burrito on the drive. Then we went up the road a bit and scrambled up slabs and benches to the high point behind Olmstead Point. Finally we drove into the Valley and up to the Glacier Point area to hike Illilouette Ridge in late afternoon.