I love Yosemite. I was enthralled from our first visit in July, and was stoked when I found a Groupon for cabins inside Yosemite – and my birthday weekend (Nov 16th) was available! Which was a much better prospect then trying to camp at that time of year.
On Saturday, we took advantage of the great weather (cool, but sunny and clear) to explore a new trail we hadn’t yet done together: Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls, to Eagle Peak. It ended up being a bit of a longer day than we anticipated, but we had packed plenty of food and water – and it was so worth it! The trail to Upper Yosemite Falls was tough with plenty of switchbacks, but clear. Once we reached the top and turned towards Eagle Peak, we were in a land of snow! Two completely different hikes, rolled into one.
At the top, we were so incredibly high above everything – Yosemite Falls looked SO FAR away, Half Dome was far in the distance. We were alone on top of the world up there.
Hike Stats: Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls to Eagle Peak
Distance: 17.1 miles
Time: 6 hours 33 minutes
Elevation Gain: 8,292 feet
Sunday, we were greeted with snow falling from the sky. And falling… and falling… We didn’t have a car built for snow/ice driving so we stayed safe at home in the cabin and had a wonderful day relaxing, reading, playing games – and watching the snow fall. It was a perfect balance to the extremely active day we’d had the day before. All in all, a perfect start to 31.