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Yosemite & Tuolumne Meadows advice.

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Jun 10, 2010 14:08 |  #1

Here's our itinerary...Anything in bold is when I'm mainly looking for suggestions on sunrise & sunset spots the days we're there. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Day 1 (arriving at Yosemite after Mariposa Grove)

Sunrise. on the road
Day. Mariposa and Taft Point
Sunset. Glacier Point

Day 2

Sunrise? Somewhere in the valley I'm thinking. Tunnel view or El Cap from Cathedral Beach perhaps?
Day. Hiking down from Glacier to the Valley via Panorama.
Sunset? Somewhere in the Valley

Day 3

Sunrise. At Mono Lake
Day. Up in Tuolumne Meadows.
Sunset? We plan on doing Pothole Dome, Tenya Lake, & Olmstead so which spot should we be at for sunset? Any other spots besides those three?

Day 4

Sunrise? We'll be driving back to Tuolumne EARLY for our 14 mile RT hike to Clouds Rest. Sunset will probably be in the car.
Day. Clouds Rest.
Sunset? I'm sure we'll be spent after Clouds Rest so sunset most likely in the valley.

I call on all you Yosemite experts (and those who've been there at least once...or even those who have been planning like mad ;) ) to share your knowledge.

Thanks in advance!

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Jun 13, 2010 12:25 |  #2

Chris, I think Tunnel View is a good sunrise spot, depending on where the sun rises while you are there. also, a must have is Half Dome illuminated by a sunset. For that, the bridge is a good spot to get reflections, or Mirror Lake. Once I started up Tioga Pass Rd from Lee Vining as the sunrise started. The fog/mist in the valleys lit by the rising sun was special. There may be lots of places along the road to get something similar, and one of the lakes might be worthwhile, too.

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Jun 23, 2010 17:59 |  #3

I went to Yosemite first time this April and had a wonderful time there for two days ( well actually a day and a half), wish I had the time you have ! :) . I had bought the book 'Photographers guide to Yosemite' by Michael Frye in Amazon a week before the travel,which proved to be of great help and guidance,I knew what I would see where and what time is best at which place and how to get there in quick time. You can get the book in the Yosemite village visitor center too, I am sure it will be of help.

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Jun 23, 2010 18:09 |  #4

Here's my gallery from last month's Yosemite visit:

http://allenh.zenfolio​.com/p667341815 (external link)

The first 8 images are from the valley floor, about 1-2 hours before sunset.

The rest are from Panorama Trail the next day - we hiked up from Happy Isle Center to Glacier Point; stayed for sunset light on Half Dome.

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Jun 24, 2010 14:21 as a reply to  @ avwh's post |  #5

If you'll go to one of the gift shops inside of Yosemite they sell a book called The Photographers Guide to Yosemite. This book has proved to be invaluable to me during my treks to the park and surrounding areas. Pick it up you won't be sorry.

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