The building of a paved road system and the 1933 opening of the Wawona Tunnel created easy access to Yosemite Valley and the park's most iconic features--Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point, Bridalveil Fall
A watercolor of Bridalveil Fall
offers an illustration of this approach (Fig.
reminiscent of the stunning black-and-white images of Yosemite's Bridalveil Fall
and Mirror Lake shot by Ansel Adams.
Of Bridalveil Fall
he writes, "This elegant, 620-foot waterfall is one of Yosemite Valley's most popular sights.
THE RECESSION OF the Yosemite Valley from state to federal control in 1906 consolidated the Yosemite National Park that visitors enjoy today--complete with such star attractions as Bridalveil Fall
, Inspiration Point, and the incomparable Half Dome.
Even in summer, even on a weekend in summer, when every trailhead along Tioga Road has collected a fringe of cars and the Valley is one massive RV rally and let's not think about the wait for a parking space at Bridalveil Fall
or Glacier Point .
But wouldn't it be a shame to visit the home of such celebrated landmarks as Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall
without having an outdoors experience?
They got as far as El Capitan and, at dusk, made camp at the foot of Bridalveil Fall
The Valley Loop Trail, a 13-mile footpath with views of Upper Yosemite Fall and Bridalveil Fall
, rings the western part of Yosemite Valley--and almost no one hikes it.
Photo: Bridalveil Fall
in Yosemite National Park has sprung to life with recent rains, but visitors can expect to pay perhaps four times as much in park fees next year to enjoy its beauty.
Right there was Bridalveil Fall
, pumping like a fire hydrant that had been uncapped.
There's the two-tier, 2,425-foot Yosemite Falls itself, one of the tallest in the world; Bridalveil Fall
, a pure, snowy white cascade; plus Vernal and Nevada Falls, which can be seen close up on the popular (and strenuous) 1.