Yosemite trips index

This is an index to pages describing Yosemite National Park for De Anza College Outdoor Club trips to Yosemite National Park.

The club usually goes on one trip to Yosemite Valley each winter and often one to Tuolumne Meadows each summer, with occasional other trips.

Stanley Steamer and Half Dome.: Arthur Holmes and Frank Holmes from San Jose, California, drive a Stanley Steamer on a dirt road in Yosemite with Half Dome in the background, circa 1900. Photo from the Yosemite Museum.

This index is sorted into four sections,

YOSEMITE

Bears how bears break into cars, what to do if you see a bear

A free shuttle bus goes to over 20 stops in Yosemite Valley from morning to night at 20 to 30 minute intervals. The route, stops and how to find the store, shower house, etc. are at: Yosemite Valley free shuttle bus

Yosemite Valley Rafting Advice includes rentals info and do-it-yourself

swimming in Yosemite, including pools and favorite swimming holes

Backpacking Advice has these sections: Must bring for each large group (or perhaps for each couple or person), Must bring backpacking for each person, Some (crazy?) people think these are optional for backpacking, Backpacking luxuries(?), Do not bring these backpacking, To keep down on weight backpacking, Don’t rush out and buy, BACKBACKING FOOD, Low-cook backpacking foods, Yosemite National Park WILDERNESS PERMITS, Leave no trace camping has these basic principles.

How much water will there be in the Yosemite waterfalls?

Yosemite Valley is an attempt to show the grandeur of the depth and width of the valley through photos of Yosemite Falls. It has a map of the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls area.

Yosemite nature and photography links has links for wildflower, mammal, bird, geology, star guides and more

Yosemite visitor centers

Black Bear Management Trends

Hetch Hetchy

Yosemite Valley spring runoff and flooding / Yosemite snow pack has statistics and links about Yosemite valley flooding, spring runoff and snow pack/ snow water content for various years, including a list of the top 20 floods recorded at Happy Isles as of 2003.

Yosemite rock falls

How to find the location of John Muir’s cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite Valley

map of Yosemite valley

Upper Yosemite Fall hike

Using a campsite food storage locker gives you ideas on how to use one, including some logistics on sharing one in a large group.

Vernal Fall Mist Trail

People climb over barriers meant to protect them and as a result slide over waterfalls in Yosemite. fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering has press releases about them.

Hiking Advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

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YOSEMITE VALLEY WINTER CAMPING

rainbow in mist upper Yosemite fall Feb 2014: snow at top of cliffs, rainbow in mist near bottom of waterfall

main trip pages:

Snow Camp (with links to info/prices for Badger pass downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing, the daily Ranger-led snowshoe walk, Ansel Adams gallery free photo walks, ice skating)

Details about the 2018 spring break Yosemite moonbow (or not) trip are at: moonbow trip

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For info on the logistics of where to pitch your tent, dealing with iced car door locks, staying warm and comfy overnight while winter camping and more, go to: First-timer’s instructions.

Snow or rain camp must-haves is the list of equipment YOU MUST HAVE (followed by the list of things YOU WILL WISH YOU HAD) to go on the Outdoor Club annual Yosemite snow camp trip, or even on our summer trips. For a checklist of all of the gear (but without all the reasons and descriptions)go to Snow camp equipment checklist .

Using a campsite food storage locker gives you ideas on how to use one, including some logistics on sharing one in a large group.

When any De Anza club camps as a group we face this problem: Someone in a nearby campsite will expect the worst (noise, etc.) from an obviously college-age group. And they will be quick to complain about any rule infraction (some of which carry heavy fines). The club really needs each winter trip member to read A problem and its solution and help us enforce rules during the trip.

Snow camp weather, hike safety and first aid considerations includes trail safety notes, and info about mountain lions

What if it storms so much on the winter trip they close the road to the ski resort? We won’t be able to ski or take one of the long hikes. Will there be anything to do except hide in the car, play cards at the laundromat or go online at the Lodge? The answers are at: Things to do during a Yosemite snow storm besides hiding in your tent

Details about the cost of the annual Yosemite winter trip, including the price for people in a big car or small pool or driving by themselves is at: Outdoor Club Coming Attractions .

Most people will take four, 4 1/2 or maybe five hours to drive to Yosemite. If you don’t want to set a new record for taking too much time to get to Yosemite (currently the De Anza College winter trip record is 13 hours by a guy who didn’t use our directions and drove around the mountains all night), then read
Snow camp carpools and driving directions.

Prepare for winter driving has a link to bad weather driving tips, tips for using tire chains, tricks for dealing with frozen car locks, how to prepare your vehicle for winter driving, a winter survival kit for your car, what to do if you get stranded, how to keep windows from fogging up and tips for driving in snow and ice.

Safe driving in rain and fog includes info about driving in fog, on black ice, driving in rain, floods (don’t) and chain requirements

Snow chain rentals is advice about buying snow chains with the intention of possibly returning without use or renting snow chains.

How to not collide with a deer

wildlife jams

For the answer to the question: How do I convince my parent(s)/guardian that I can go on this trip? or How do I convince them to pay for some gear for the trip? Go to: Snow camp FAQs

You need to take a written test before you can sign up for the trip. Sample test questions and a few of the answers are at: Snow camp pre-test sample questions

Upper Yosemite Fall hike

Yosemite Valley free shuttle bus has hints for saving time using the free bus by better understanding the route

There’s easy camping info at: Have more fun camping including how to build campfires that don’t smoke too much, how to pack an ice chest, do dishes in camp and lots more.

Hiking Advice has advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

Cell phones in the wilderness has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.

How to find the location of John Muir’s cabin (hang nest) in Yosemite Valley

Mostly pictures:

Yosemite winter 2004 camping trip

February 2005 Yosemite camping

De Anza Outdoor Club Yosemite snow camp 2008

De Anza winter Yosemite trip 2009

Yosemite winter photos

Yosemite Falls view in February snow and other seasons

De Anza College Outdoor Club Yosemite winter trip 2006

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS SUMMER CAMPING


photo below by Quang-Tuan Luong/terragalleria.com
, all rights reserved.

Quang-Tuan Luong Tuolumne Meadows with spring flooding.: photo by Quang-Tuan Luong Tuolumne Meadows with spring flooding

Tuolumne trip

San Jose area to Yosemite via 120

August 2004 Tuolumne trip

Tuolumne photos Aug. 2002

Lembert Dome Hike

May Lake to Mount Hoffman

World’s greatest swimming hole

Using a campsite food storage locker gives you ideas on how to use one, including some logistics on sharing one in a large group.

Cow Parsnip, Coneflower, Pussypaws, Penstemon, Phlox, Columbine, Monkeyflower, Sulphur Flower, Iris, Groundsel and LupineTuolumne trip wildflowers

Bears how bears break into cars, what to do if you see a bear

Tuolumne Meadows ski hut

Thunderstorm and lightning safety

Improve your inexpensive rain gear

canoe over canoe rescue

insect repellant

Camping equipment checklist

At Have more fun camping you can learn how to build campfires that don’t smoke too much, how to pack an ice chest, do dishes in camp and lots more.

If you have decided you are going on a trip with kayaking, reading a step by step description of loading kayaks on the De Anza trailer will make the job go easier.

You can find lists of gear to bring for winter camping that have things that apply to this trip at Snow or rain camp must-haves. If you don’t have gear for or have never been rainy/cold camping OR have never been happy while rainy/cold camping we really recommend you read the lists.

Hiking Advice has hot weather hiking advice, hiking logistics and the answer to the question: When is the best time of day to cross a mountain stream?

Check out the day hike gear section at Camping equipment checklist

GORP and hiking snacks

Thunderstorm and lightning safety includes the answer to the question: Why can’t you swim during a lightning storm? A strike on a lake doesn’t kill all the fish in the lake.

At Tuolumne we camp at 8,600 plus feet elevation. You will probably feel out of breath at first and may even get a headache and lose appetite. You can get more sunburned. Read At altitude for advice. It includes why your tent mate might seem to stop breathing.

Backpacking Advice

see also: Cell phones in the wilderness which has advice on how/when to use a cell phone to contact 911 in the wilderness and a warning about interference between cell phones, iPods and avalanche beacons.

NPS photo short haul rescue: National Park Service photo of a short haul rescue showing helicopter, litter and rescuer from below You can’t always expect a helicopter rescue

fatal, near fatal or close call incidents/accidents in camping, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering

GPS is not infallible

Can a person who is prescribed an epi-pen risk going into the wilderness? and some sting prevention notes are at: Anaphylaxis quick facts

Leave no trace

How to not collide with a deer

wildlife jams

For a laugh, go to: Camping Blunders

Yosemite nature and photography links has links for wildflower, mammal, bird, geology, star guides and more

OUTDOOR CLUB

For details about club events and on how to find us to pay for a membership, sign up for events or volunteer, go to: Outdoor Club Coming Attractions

Carpools are arranged among the students going on the trips, not by the club or the college. For info on how to get/give a ride go to Carpool FAQs

Answers to most questions about how the club works are at: Outdoor Club Basic Info

The main rules common to most of our trips, including who is eligible to go, are at: Outdoor Club trip rules.

Membership benefits

Club Trip Leader Job Description

for fun: an eight person tent holds this many campers