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Backpacker Magazine – September 2003

Secrets of Yosemite National Park

Sneak in the side door for a private viewing of the finest in California's High Sierra real estate.

by: Mike Lanza


Expedition Planner Yosemite National Park, CA

Trailheads
The hikes described here are accessed by CA 41 (Southeast Yosemite), CA 120 (Lake Vernon), and US 395 (Kerrick-Matterhorn). Check in advance about road conditions.

Permits
Camping within the national park requires a permit. For all areas, a percentage of backcountry permits are offered through advance reservations, which are recommended to guarantee your itinerary.

Cautions
Campers should use bear canisters for food storage; bears routinely get food that's properly bear-bagged. Rent canisters for $5 per trip or purchase them at locations in the park. Never store food in your vehicle (this includes your trunk); bears will break in if they smell food. Season Creek crossings can be dangerous or impossible in early summer. The Southeast Yosemite and Kerrick-Matterhorn loops maynot be snow-free until July; the Lake Vernon-Tiltill Valley loop may be passable by June.

Guides
Yosemite National Park, by Jeffrey Schaffer ($19). Trails Illustrated #206 map ($10).

Contact
Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-0740; www.nps.gov/yose. Sierra National Forest, (559) 297-0706; USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region, (707) 562-8737; www.fs.fed.us/r5.




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Rosie
Nov 22, 2010

The Yosemite National Park is by far the best beautiful natural surroundings I've ever been to..!It has the most astounding view as to capture of waterfalls, trees, mountains...I would really recommend this park to all, as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity..
http://www.wildlifeworld360.com/yosemite-national-park.html

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