Giant Stairway and Tenaya Canyon Waterfalls (Yosemite)
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The Giant Stairway and Tenaya Canyon Waterfalls essentially sat in a pair of converging drainages at the head of Yosemite Valley
at its eastern end. While we were able to appreciate this section of the park from the great panorama at Glacier Point
, an up close look by foot was the way to go to see its enormous waterfalls.
The Giant Stairway is the name describing the granite steps over which two giant waterfalls tumble: Vernal Fall
and Nevada Fall
. The rugged Tenaya Canyon boasts waterfalls unfamiliar to most Yosemite visitors such as the elusive Snow Creek Falls
and the Pywiack Cascade
. Illilouette Fall
is also a major waterfall that escapes the attention of most visitors due to its somewhat hidden location.
In addition to these waterfalls, this area is perhaps most famous for Half Dome
. Easily the most recognizable landmark in Yosemite (and perhaps the United States for that matter), many visitors attempt the very strenuous 16-mile return hike to its summit. Beneath the shadows of the face of Half Dome is the serene and beautiful Mirror Lake
. As we walked amongst these quintessential Yosemite landmarks and the excellent waterfalls, we were richly rewarded with unforgettable scenery and experiences.
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