"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
-John Muir, The Mountains of California, 1894.
The granite monoliths, raging waterfalls and Giant Sequoia trees of Yosemite have a power over people. Renowned naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, John Muir, was utterly captivated by the Yosemite Valley, and protecting it became his life's motivation. Ascending through the Sierra Nevada foothills and emerging at the feet of El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, you too will be left captivated and breathless.
Yosemite National Park covers a huge amount of territory in the Sierra Nevada range, sandwiched between the Stanislaus, Sierra and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests. But the Park's gem, the Yosemite Valley, feels almost claustrophobic with its near-vertical granite cliffs. Entering the park from El Portal Road and Highway 140, you'll emerge in the valley right below El Capitan.