Home-2013-Sierra-Yosemite Day 1-Sitemap-About
Yosemite Day 1: Rim Fire and Yosemite Valley lookouts

A drive through devastation of the 2013 Rim Fire, and an afternoon hike along the southern rim of the Yosemite Valley made up our first full day in Yosemite NP.


Fire

We drove Highway 120 toward the Yosemite Valley just after it reopened after being closed because of the Rim Fire. Started by a careless hunter, the fire rapidly grew to be the third largest fire in California history. The devastation was readily visible from the road for miles and miles. Smoke was still rising from tree stumps and smoldering roots. It was an astounding sight and it was hard not to reminisce how the landscape looked before. It will take decades to heal.

photo

photo photo photo photo photo photo
Fire zone Traffic along Highway 120 Devastation Shadows of themselves Memento Symmetry
photo photo photo photo photo photo
Fallen Smoldering stumps Hell in a forest
photo photo photo photo photo
Speck of red Black and red Broken pair Road crew


Lookouts

After replenishing supplies in the valley, and a brief stop for a smoky look at Tunnel View, we set up camp at Bridalveil Campground. We hiked to Taft Point and then along the rim of the Yosemite Valley to Sentinel Dome.

photo

photo photo photo photo photo photo
Mass shooting at Tunnel View Review Trail Ferns and forest Approaching Taft Point
photo photo photo photo photo photo
Precipice down Photographer Really that far down? Taft Point
photo photo photo photo photo photo
Roman and Franta at Taft Point Balancing pose Split rock


Sentinel Dome

It was cloudy and smoky on Sentinel Dome, as it had been for much of the afternoon. Yet, it was impossible to ignore the draw of this place. We decided we would come back...

photo

photo photo photo photo photo photo
Western sky Puddles Half Dome from Sentinel Dome Groups Red sky Dipping sun
photo photo
Loners on the rocks Purple view


Last updated: February 23, 2013
Please send any comments to  or, if you prefer, sign an entry in the
guest book.