Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Yosemite National Park was originally protected in 1864 and with 1,169 square miles to explore, the adventures are far from small*. The Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) are quite the sight...and pictures do not do these ancient beauties justice. Walking around these giants you may occasionally see smoking soils or tree bases don't fret! Fire is a natural process and decreases the likelihood of a massive wildfire with California being a drought-ridden region. These low-intensity fires benefit the sequoias (also known as redwoods) because they need fire for their cones to release seeds.
Also, let's not forget to celebrate the 100th birthday for the National Park Service! Even more exciting...today the park was expanded another 400 acres! Now's a great time to plan a backpacking trip or even just a weekend hike!
This is a step in the right direction for naturalists, adventurers, and conservationists alike :)
If we haven't persuaded you to take a visit yet, here are some fun facts that hopefully will:
-214 miles of paved roads -20 miles of paved walking & bicycle paths -800 miles of trails
-Fall colors start around October (usually)
-1,500 flowering plant species
-90 mammal species
-Around 9 major waterfalls
-Peaks up to 13,114 feet!
*All statistics are from the National Park Service. Feel free to visit their site and learn more here!
Have we persuaded you yet? Happy hiking!