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Most recent blog posts (reverse chronological order):

Upper Mesa Falls

Upper Mesa Falls was a spectacular river waterfall on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River. Said to be as tall as a 10-story building (114ft) and 200ft wide with a flow rate that would vary between…

Lower Mesa Falls

Lower Mesa Falls was a gushing 65ft waterfall on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River that was just downstream from the more accessible Upper Mesa Falls. Similar to the other waterfall…

Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Falls was an attractively long and wide cascade on the Gibbon River tumbling a reported total of 84ft in height over or near the caldera rim of the Yellowstone Supervolcano. With its unusual…

Firehole Falls and the Cascades of the Firehole

Firehole Falls and the Cascades of the Firehole were two notable waterfalls and cascades amongst a larger series of pretty impressive waterfalls on the Firehole River. They were two of the more…

Yosemite Waterwheel Falls Redo Itinerary – June 3, 2004 to June 6, 2004

This itinerary covered a weekend visit to Yosemite National Park, but instead of coming in from the usual entrances in the west, we focused on going in and out of the park from its “back door” over the Tioga Pass…

“The REAL Waterwheel Falls” (Waterwheel Falls Day Hike – June 5, 2004)

Determined to see Waterwheel Falls after my disappointing discovery last week, the time had come to retry in a day a hike that I and two others had done in three days…

“Quaking Aspen Falls”

Quaking Aspen Falls is a name I made up for a roadside waterfall on the Tioga Road near a sign keyed to Quaking Aspens according to the Yosemite Road Guide…

“Cathedral Lake Falls”

Cathedral Lake Falls is a name I made up for this easy-to-miss waterfall on the Tioga Road just before the Pywiack Dome. It doesn’t look like it’s accessible by normal means…

Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls

The Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls are waterfalls tumbling into the steep, avalanche-prone area that links the Tioga Pass Entrance of Yosemite to the Mono Lake Basin. Given the volume of snow here…

Glen Aulin Backpacking Itinerary – May 29, 2004 to May 31, 2004

This itinerary covered my one and only backpacking trip within the boundaries of Yosemite National Park (at least in the first 15 years that Julie and I have been waterfalling)…

California Falls

California Falls is the next major ensemble of waterfalls you’ll see beyond the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. There is a spur trail leading to its most photogenic spot…

LeConte Falls

LeConte Falls starts off as mostly a long series of featureless cascades until its main drop. In its main drop, the Tuolumne River slides down a fifty-degree slope with potholes backed by rocks…

Waterwheel Falls

Waterwheel Falls could very well be the most unusual waterfall in Yosemite. It’s one of those rare waterfalls where you care how far up water is thrown instead of how far it drops…

“Mattie Falls”

Mattie Falls is another waterfall that I unofficially named. Ordinarly, I’d disregard unknown and unnamed falls like this, but if it floods the Waterwheel Falls Trail it deserves attention…

“The Hungry Bear” (Glen Aulin Backpack – May 29, 2004 to May 31, 2004)

I called the backcountry office to make sure they secured our permits in case we didn’t show up before 10am. It felt pretty good to have things in hand – or so I thought…

Tuolumne Falls

Tuolumne Falls is the first major waterfall we encountered as we made our way from Tuolumne Meadows towards the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Of all the waterfalls that we encountered on…

White Cascade (Glen Aulin Falls)

The White Cascade (also referred to as Glen Aulin Falls) was the second major waterfall along the Tuolumne River that we encountered as we hiked from Tuolumne Meadows to the Glen Aulin…

Southern Yosemite Redux Weekend with the Parents Itinerary – May 19, 2004 to May 22, 2004

This itinerary covered a return trip to the quiet southern part of Yosemite National Park. And like the first time around, we did it as a camping trip out of the Wawona Campground. Indeed, with a trip like this where we based ourselves away…

Point Reyes Itinerary – May 7, 2004 to May 8, 2004

This itinerary covered a very brief overnight trip to Point Reyes. The lone goal of this trip was to finally see Alamere Falls after having seen McWay Falls in Big Sur quite a few times…

“Nude Awakening” (Point Reyes, CA – May 8, 2004)

But this guy looked to be pretty old and wrinkly and probably into his 50s or older, and I didn’t need to be forced to keep moving. We politely said hello to him as we passed each other, but I had…