2002 Gn, Mz camp
1999 Gn, Mz, Gs camp
1994 Gn, Mz, Gs camp
Location: 38.1135, -119.7072
Location: 38.0894, -119.7579
Lower Maclure Lake
2000 Gn, Mz day hike
2010 Gn, Mz Hi-Sierra camp
2006 Bf, Mz Hi-Sierra camp
Mile 160 Lake
Upper Peninsula Lake
Lower Twin lake
1998 Viewed x-Peak 7676
Upper Twin lake
Wilma (Wilmer) Lake
Bridalveil Falls from Old Big Oak Flat Road 2009
Rainbow Effect 2006
Horsetail Falls (Firefall)
The Indian name was Yo-wy-we, signifying the twist or squirm of the falling water. Lafayette Bunnell suggested the name "Nevada" for the waterfall. He wrote, "The Nevada Fall was so called because it was the nearest to the Sierra Nevada, and because the name was sufficiently indicative of a wintry companion for our spring (Vernal Fall)... The white, foaming water, as it dashed down Yo-wy-we from the snowy mountains, represented to my mind a vast avalanche of snow."
The literal interpretation of the Indian name, Yo-wi-we, presented a problem in then modern day society. 'Squirming or Worm Fall' was just too much sexual innuendo for those times and the name was thus set as Nevada so to not offend anyone. Another tidbit of the times came from Albert Snow, the proprietor of "La Casa Nevada", a hotel operated between the flat between Vernal and Nevada Falls. When discovered by the Mariposa Battalion, the Merced River split off a tiny tributary flowing down a gulch just north of the fall. However, Albert decided this was an aberration of nature and built a diversion to return the water to the main channel so that he "fixed the falls." A good example of the ethos of the time, man is set upon the earth to tame nature. I wonder what would have survived to this day with just a small twist of preservation!
The Indians call this Lung-oo-too-koo-yah, the graceful and slender one. A literal translation is 'Pigeon Basket' and most likely named due to the large population of Pigeons in the area of the creek that feeds the fall. It was Englishized by Mr Hutchings as an English name was desirable.
Ribbon Falls @ Nite 2010
Royal Arches Cascades (West)
The Whitney Survey named the meadows on the Hoffman and Gardiner map 1863-67 that is derived from a tribe of Indians that lived in the present day vicinity of Knights Ferry. Living on the banks of the Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers, they were called 'Taulamne'.
Vernal Falls 2010
Yan-o-pah (little cloud) was the local name of the fall before rechristened as "Vernal" by Lafayette Bunnell, a member of the Mariposa Brigade in 1851. He states that the cool, vernal spray in contrast at midday with summer heat, reminded him of an April shower. The local name was given because of the mist and spray through which the old trail passed and the circular rainbow that presented itself here, and nowhere else in the mountains.
The Ahwahneechee people of Yosemite Valley called the waterfall "Cholock" and believed that the plunge pool at its base was inhabited by the spirits of several witches, called the Poloti. An Ahwaneechee folktale describes a woman going to fetch a pail of water from the pool, and drawing it out full of snakes. Later that night, after the woman had trespassed into their territory, the spirits caused the woman's house to be sucked into the pool by a powerful wind, taking the woman and her newborn baby with her.
While most believe it is two tiers, it actually has three sections as detailed below.
• Upper Falls: The 436 metres (1,430 ft) plunge alone is among the twenty highest waterfalls in the world. Trails from the valley floor and down from other park areas outside the valley lead to both the top and base of Upper Yosemite Falls. The upper fall is formed by the swift waters of Yosemite Creek, which, after meandering through Eagle Creek Meadow, hurl themselves over the edge of a hanging valley in a spectacular and deafening show of force.
• Middle Cascades: Between the two obvious main plunges there are a series of five smaller plunges collectively referred to as the Middle Cascades. Taken together these account for a total drop of 205 metres (670 ft), more than twice the height of the Lower Falls. Because of the narrow, constricted shape of the gorge in which these drops occur and the lack of public access, they are rarely noted. Most viewpoints in the valley miss them entirely. Several vantage points for the cascades are found along the Yosemite Falls trail. Several hikers climbing down from the trail towards the cascades have required an expensive helicopter rescue due to steep and slippery terrain and features.
• Lower Falls: The final 97 metres (320 ft) drop adjacent to an accessible viewing area, provides the most-used viewing point for the waterfalls. Yosemite Creek emerges from the base of the Lower Falls and flows into the Merced River nearby. Like many areas of Yosemite the plunge pool at the base of the Lower Falls is surrounded by dangerous jumbles of talus made even more treacherous by the high humidity and resulting slippery surfaces.
Rainbow Fall 2012
Winter Snocone 2013