South Yosemite Waterfalls
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The South Yosemite Waterfalls gave us the excuse to stop and explore this often-neglected part of Yosemite National Park. In fact, we used to be like vast majority of visitors who would pass through the park's south and hastily make our way to Yosemite Valley
. I guess it's because of this that the region tends to be quieter and less crowded than its famous neighbors to the north. And fortunately for us, we finally stopped to smell the roses so-to-speak as a result of the waterfalls here.
Even though we've noticed people spend less time here in the park, it does feature giant sequoia trees in the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, the historical township of Wawona, and some subtler features and formations such as the Wawona Dome and the South Fork of the Merced River.
Further to the north, you can also access Glacier Point Road, which passes by Badger Pass (possibly the oldest groomed skiing area in California) and ends at the dramatic Glacier Point
. Hardier visitors can also backpack deep into the Southern Yosemite backcountry to such destinations as Chilnualna Lakes, Deer Camp, and even the intriguing Mt Starr King.
We've only identified a pair of waterfalls in this part of the park - Chilnualna Falls
and Alder Creek Falls
. Although I'm sure there are other waterfalls and cascades along some of the creeks you're bound to see as you drive along Hwy 41 (e.g. Rail Creek, Strawberry Creek, Grouse Creek, etc.), there are no formal trails allowing safe exploration for such cascades and waterfalls. Thus, Chilnualna and Alder Creek Falls are the only ones we've been to, and they'll be the only falls described in this section of this website.
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