This is the last bit of yosemite from our trip!
Upper Falls was definitely a workout. It took 4 hours round trip, and involved 3000 ft gain in elevation.. but the view from Columbia Rock was worth it.
This “Columbia Rock” overlooks a good chunk of the Yosemite valley. The rock was interestingly NOT labeled at the actual location.. how did we know, you ask? Well. We overheard a bunch of 5th graders and their leader ranger. Plus it was the only spot with a legit view. Yes we get our info from 5th graders.
Is there usually more activity on the waterfalls? We got to the first viewpoint of the Upper Falls, and this paled in comparison to the view from Columbia Rock..
Towards the end of the hike, I started craving ramen. Such random cravings!! I guess I needed salt and carbs.. Luckily the convenience store at the lodge sells those. Mmmm MSG. Evil. They also sold beer, and playing cards. Clearly, all of those were purchased and enjoyed.
Ran into the same 5th graders on the way back.
Ranger: “I’ve never seen so many butts in my life!”
Child: “I have a butt!”
Child 2: “I found another butt!”
Ranger: “Yea! Grab them!”
Apparently they were picking up cigarette butts that were left on the road. (What kind of d-bag litters in a national park in the first place?) It was very cute. But the phrasing still made me chuckle.
The next day, we took a leisurely morning stroll at the lower falls trail. There were lots of birds (in the middle of february? Park staff was telling us it usually is a bit more snowy and not 70 degrees), and the whole trail was nicely paved and mostly covered in shade. Very leisurely indeed.
We’ll have to go back for snowscapes and when the waterfalls are more active.