Thunderbolt Peak is a steep rock peak, rising from the Palisade Crest, immediately northwest of North Palisade (14,242 ft.). The steep monolithic summit is a difficult climb on all sides, and was the second last of California's fourteeners to be climbed. The name Thunderbolt Peak comes from a severe thunderstorm that surprised the party of the first ascent, during which Jules Eichorn was stunned by a bolt of lightening.
Split Mountain's shape is unique because of the twin summits seperated by a notch. The easiest way to climb Split Mountain is the North Ridge Route. The standard route is Red Lake Trail from Red Mountain Creek trailhead. To get to the trailhead the climber needs a vehicle with high ground clearance. A 4 wheel drive vehicle is not necessary, but can be helpful. The dirt road is in poor condition and about 13 miles long. Allow 1 hour for it alone. The climb is only class 1 or 2 except for a short section of class 3. ... read more
Located on an ephemeral watercourse behind Curry Village, this waterfall is practically never admired. The falls drop over 1000 feet from near Glacier Point, down a series of fractured steps, which are angled in a way that the base of the falls are over 1000 feet to the east of the top of the falls. The falls usually dry out by mid-June, if not earlier. The picture in the link below is of the very bottom of the falls.
Named after the lovely, small, blue flower found at altitude. Secor gives the height as 14,080+ feet. Nice view from summit ridge of small, south-facing glacier, often with odd, wind-sculpted shapes in the snow later in season. Views to east and north look down on giant Palisades glacier. Last few moves to summit are wildly exposed but easy.
Snow Creek Falls is the second tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park. The falls consist of two near vertical drops separated by a stretch of very steep boulder cascades, with another, smaller, series of cascades at it's base. The falls are best viewed from on top of Half Dome and along the trail to the top of Half Dome. The final 500 feet of the falls can be seen by climbing above Tenaya Creek on the south side of the canyon near the mouth of Snow Creek.
Sentinel Falls is a long series of cascades descending into Yosemite Valley alongside Sentinel Rock.It is a tiered waterfall consisting of 6 major drops totaling 1,920 feet, the longest single drop being 500 feet. It ranks on many lists as the twelfth highest waterfall in the world, although in truth it is roughly the 60th tallest, as most weaker waterfalls don't make it into such lists. Despite its immense height it has a relatively low drainage and is usually dry by July.
The Salmon Creek trail begins on the south side of the bridge. Follow the trail for about 5 minutes until it comes to a cleared out area (looks like a campsite). Then follow one of the spur trails down to the creek. From there, scramble up the creek to the waterfall. You can find some lovely rocks to have lunch and enjoy the awesome waterfall. The waterfall comes down in two main cascades. A giant boulder at the top separates the creek, nestled precariously (but thankfully, securely) on the ledge.
North Palisade is the fourth highest mountain in California. It rises from the dramatic Palisade Crest, which holds five of the Sierra Nevada's eleven fourteeners. North Palisade is the highest of this group, and is consequently the most popular climb. Commonly referred to as North Pal, the mountain's neighboring peaks are Thunderbolt Peak (immediately northwest) and Mount Sill (due east). This entire region has some of the finest rock climbing in the Sierra Nevada.
Ribbon Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, flows off a cliff on the west side of El Capitan, and is the largest single-drop waterfall in North America. The fall is fed by melting winter snow; while therefore dry for much of the year, the fall is a spectacular 1,612 feet (491 m) in the spring. In exceptional years, an ice cone develops at its base during the winter months similar to that which usually forms beneath Upper Yosemite Fall. This deposit can reach a depth of 200 feet, v... read more
Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It rises from the Owens Valley on the eastern border of the Sequoia National Park, where the majesty one would expect from a mountain of its standing is significantly abated by its position in a crowd of steeper, more formidable high peaks. Still, Whitney is a popular ascent, and its superior height becomes much more apparent from its summit. Interestingly, the highest point in the lower 48 states is only 85 miles from the lowest, Badwater Basin (-2... read more