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Lesser known side of Yosemite

Lee Vining, CA, United States
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The mountain area of Yosemite around Tuolumne Meadows was almost like a completely separate park from the valley. It's about a 90 minute drive, gaining several thousand feet of elevation, so you have plenty of time to ponder the range of nature you are seeing. The season up here is even shorter, as it takes much of summer for the snow to melt. It never gets hot, but as I learned first hand, bring plenty of bug spray: anywhere with water has lots of mosquitos. The little town of Lee Vining just down from the eastern park exit has a few great local eateries.
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Points of interest

Mono lake - South Tufa Area
Unusual rock formations amongst the lake worth the side trip

Special activities

Gaylor Lake Trail
Gaylor Lake Trail
A moderately difficult but shorter hike with alpine lakes and mountain views

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by jimmyn


Thanks for the story, I can't wait to visit Yosemite, one of the major parks I haven't yet!