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
Mount Sill is the fifth highest mountain in California. It rises on the Palisade Crest, separated from North Palisade by a dip in the ridge. Though it is slightly smaller than its tall neighbor to the west, Mount Sill is the more prominent mountain, its slopes rising with impressive steepness to a relatively isolated summit. If there is one peak in the Sierra's that combines the alpine experience with plain and simple good climbing, this is it. Climbing partner Kim (and a much beloved and missed one at that)lead th... read more
A rather undistinguished peak to be named after the father of the Sierra Club, Mount Muir is one of the many spikes that rises on the east side of the ridge that approaches Mount Whitney from the South. The summit is located approximately 1.5 miles south of Whitney, and requires an exposed, class 3 scramble up 200 feet of vertical gain.
Mt. Langley is the southernmost of the 14,000' peaks in California. From the Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead (9,900'), hike to Cottonwood Lakes. From the 1st lake, Mt. Langley will be obvious. Most people climb via the Army Pass trail to the steep gravel heading north to the summit. It's class 1 and 2, fairly straightforeward. The summit peak is bare, with flat broken granite. One can see picturesque views of Mt. Whitney, Mt. Russell, and Mt. Williamson, plus a breathtaking view facing northwest of the vertical north fa... read more
Nevada Fall  is a 594 ft (181 m) high waterfall on Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.
The Emerald Pool forms on the "step" between Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall downstream. The 317 ft (97 m) high Vernal Fall is a short hike from the bottom of Nevada Fall. They form a cascade in which Merced River flows down to Yosemite Valley.
Mossbrae Falls is a very unique waterfall. Only about 50 ft. high, but about 150 ft. wide. The water cascades from springs down the moss-covered canyon wall, and down into the Sacramento River, creating the effect of many waterfall streams falling into the river. It is actually quite a bit taller than 50 ft., but you cannot see the upper cascades through the brush and trees. The bottom 50 ft. is pretty much a straight plunge into the river. The trail to the falls is also very interesting. It follows right beside th... read more
Limekiln Falls is spectacular. It pours 100 feet down a wall of limestone, and fans out very wide at the base. You can scramble up and get very close to the falls. This one is a beauty.
After crossing the second bridge along the trail, look for a spur trail to the right. You will cross Limekiln Creek, and then skip and hop your way along the creek to the waterfall, crossing the creek several times. The trail is easy to follow, and there are rocks or boards to allow easy creek crossings.
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The east face of Middle Palisade towers above the South Fork Basin of Big Pine Creek. The Middle Palisade Glacier lies at it's base. From the small town of Big Pine on Highway 395 head west on Crocker Street to Glacier Lodge. Drop off climbers and gear at the end of the road and park at the overnight parking for hikers and climbers that you passed on the right as you drove in. After about 1/4 mile of hiking take the trail to the left (South Fork of Big Pine Creek). Climb up to the Middle Palisade Glacier. The East ... read more
Lehamite Falls is located in Yosemite National Park. It consists of a long series of steep cascades that fall 1,180 feet into Yosemite Valley, in a manner similar to Sentinel Fall. The falls are located in a small cleft in the north wall of the valley known as Indian Canyon, immediately to the right of Yosemite Falls and seen above Yosemite Village. Lehamite Falls is probably the most underapperciated significant waterfall in Yosemite National Park, simply because it's located almost right next to Yosemite Falls, s... read more
It is a spectacular cascade formed by the abundant waters of the Laja River. The river flows into a deep rocky canyon that has been drilled into by these raging rapids. It is visible from the highway and you can get to it from the north by crossing a campsite and from the south, passing by the hotel that is located there. Given its location, commerce has established itself around the Falls, somewhat clouding the magic and beauty of such a marvelous natural phenomena.
Illilouette Fall is a 370 foot (112 m) waterfall in Yosemite National Park. It is located in a small side canyon directly across from Vernal Falls, and is visible from the trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The best vantage point is from the Panorama Trail as it descends from Glacier Point. Another view is from the Sierra Point Trail, abandoned now. Sierra Point is directly across the canyon from the Fall.
This is easily the least appreciated major fall in the valley, largely because it is the only one not visibl... read more