Half Dome Full Speed Ahead

What's New — By petedevine on June 12, 2010 at 5:01 am

The recent warmth has melted lots of snow, though plenty remains in Yosemite’s high country from our exceptional winter.  The NPS trail crew will be up at Half Dome next week, getting those cables installed for the first hikers on June 16.  The Merced River reached its year’s peak flow early on this past Monday morning – nearly three weeks later than the average peak date, and at triple the usual volume.  Yosemite Valley had some flooding on bike trails, but that’s all behind us for a warm, dry summer.  The waterfalls are still huge and the Valley is lush with vegetation, alive with birds, and well worth a visit.  The high country is still very snowy, with high creek runoff; backpackers are advised to wait til mid-July to be sure of drier trails.   Still going to be a while until Tuolumne Meadows facilities open…