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Species that are highly dependent upon meadow habitat include Great Grey Owl, Willow Flycatcher, Yosemite Toad, and Mountain Beaver.Despite the richness of high-quality habitats in Yosemite, the Brown Bear, California Condor, and Least Bell's Vireo have become extinct in the park within historical time,[59] and another 37 species currently have special status under either California or federal endangered species legislation. IBM Lenovo Thinkpad W500 Series Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The most serious current threats to Yosemite's wildlife and the ecosystems they occupy include loss of a natural fire regime, exotic species, air pollution,habitat fragmentation, and climate change. On a more local basis, factors such as road kills and the availability of human food have affected some wildlife species. HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The black bears of Yosemite were once famous for breaking into parked cars to steal food. They were also an encouraged tourist sight for many years at the park's garbage dumps, where bears congregated to eat park visitors' garbage and tourists gathered to photograph the bears. HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Increasing encounters between bears and humans and increasing damage to property led to an aggressive campaign to discourage bears from relying on human food or interacting with people and their property. The open-air dumps were closed; all trash receptacles were replaced withbear-proof receptacles; HP Pavilion dv5030 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

all campgrounds were equipped with bear-proof food lockers so that people would not leave food in their vehicles, which were easy targets for the powerful and resourceful bears. Because bears who show aggression towards people usually are eventually destroyed, park personnel have continued to come up with innovative ways to have bears associate humans and their property with unpleasant experiences, Compaq Presario CQ61-416EG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

such as being hit with rubber bullets. Today, about 30 bears a year are captured and ear-tagged and their DNA is sampled so that, when bear damage occurs, rangers can ascertain which bear is causing the problem.[60]

Increasing ozone pollution is causing tissue damage to the massive Giant Sequoia trees in the park. HP 532614-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

This makes them more vulnerable to insect infestation and disease. Since the cones of these trees require fire-touched soil to germinate, historic fire suppressionhas reduced these trees' ability to reproduce. The current policy of setting prescribed fires is expected to help the germination issue.

Yosemite National Park has documented more than 130 non-native plant species within park boundaries. HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

These non-native plants were introduced into Yosemite following the migration of early Euro-American settlers in the late 1850s. Natural and human-caused disturbances, such as wildland fires and construction activities, have contributed to a rapid increase in the spread of non-native plants.  HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

A number of these species aggressively invade and displace the native plant communities, resulting in impacts on the park's resources. Non-native plants can bring about significant changes in park ecosystems by altering the native plant communities and the processes that support them. HP Pavilion dv5-1020et Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Some non-native species may cause an increase in the fire frequency of an area or increase the available nitrogen in the soil that may allow more non-native plants to become established. Many non-native species, such as Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis), are able to produce a long tap root that allows them to out-compete the native plants for available water.[61] HP Pavilion dv5030 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare), Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus), and Klamath Weed (Hypericum perforatum) have been identified as noxious pests in Yosemite since the 1940s. Additional species that have been recognized more recently as aggressive and requiring control are Yellow Star Thistle (Centaurea solstitialis), Sweet Clover (Melilot spp.), Compaq Presario CQ61-416EG Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Cut-leaved Blackberry (Rubus laciniatus) and Large Periwinkle (Vinca major).

Yosemite Valley is open year-round, but much of the remaining park is closed in late autumn because of snow and re-opens in mid to late spring. Open-air tours around Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias are available. HP 532614-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Many people enjoy short walks and longer hikes to waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, or walks amongst Giant Sequoias in the Mariposa, Tuolumne, or Merced Groves. Others like to drive or take a tour bus to Glacier Point (summer-fall) to see a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country, or drive along the scenic Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows (summer-fall) and go for a walk or hike. HP MCF-W13BM05 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Most park visitors stay just for the day, and only visit locations within Yosemite Valley that are easily accessible by automobile. There is a US$20 per automobile user fee to enter the park.[62] Traffic congestion in the valley is a serious problem during peak season, in summer. A free shuttle bus system operates year-round in the valley, HP Pavilion dv5-1174ca Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

and park rangersencourage people to use this system since parking within the valley during the summer is often nearly impossible to find.[63]

In addition to exploring the natural features of the park, visitors can also learn about the natural and cultural history of Yosemite Valley at a number of facilities in the valley: the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, HP Pavilion dv7-3050ec Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

the adjoining Yosemite Museum, and the Nature Center at Happy Isles. There are also twoNational Historic Landmarks: the LeConte Memorial Lodge (Yosemite's first public visitor center), and the world-famous Ahwahnee Hotel. Camp 4 was added to theNational Register of Historic Places in 2003. HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Over 800 miles (1,300 km) of trails are available to hikers[5]—anything from the easy stroll, to the grueling hikes up several park mountains, to multiple-daybackpack trips.

The park can be divided into 5 sections for the day-user—Yosemite Valley, Wawona/Mariposa Grove/ Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, and Crane Flat/White Wolf. [65] HP 646578-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

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Numerous books describe park trails, and free information is available from the Park Service in Yosemite. Park rangers encourage visitors to experience portions of the park in addition to Yosemite Valley.

Between late spring and early fall, much of the park is open to multiple-day backpack trips. All overnight trips into the back country require a wilderness permit[66] and most require approved bear-resistant food storage. DELL Inspiron E1405 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

While some locations in Yosemite require hiking, other locations can be observed via automobile transportation. Driving locations also allow guests to observe the night sky in locations other than their campsite or lodge. All of the roads in Yosemite are scenic, but the most famous is the Tioga Road, typically open from late May or early June through November. DELL DFS541305MH0T Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

As an alternative to driving, bicycles are allowed on the roads. However, bicycles are only allowed off-road on 12 miles (19 km) of paved trails in Yosemite Valley itself; mountain biking is not allowed.

Rock climbing is an important part of Yosemite.[70] Camp 4, a walk-in campground in Yosemite Valley, was instrumental in the development of rock climbing as a sport, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[71] HP G62-341NR Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Climbers can generally be spotted in the snow-free months on anything from ten-foot-high (3 m) boulders to the 3,300-foot (1.0 km) face ofEl Capitan. Classes are offered by numerous groups on rock climbing.

Many of the roads in the park close because of heavy snow in winter; HP Pavilion dv6648el Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

however, Yosemite Valley is open all year long. Downhill skiing is available at the Badger Pass Ski Area—the oldest downhill skiing area in California, offering downhill skiing from mid-December through early April.[72] Much of the park is open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with several backcountry ski huts open for use.[ HP Pavilion dv7-6151ed Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Wilderness permits are required for backcountry overnight ski trips.[66]

The Bracebridge dinner is an annual holiday event, held since 1927 at the Ahwahnee Hotel, inspired by Washington Irving's descriptions of Squire Bracebridge and English Christmas traditions of the 18th century in his Sketch Book. Between 1929 and 1973, the show was organized by Ansel Adams. Toshiba Satellite P100-386 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Bicycle rentals are available in Yosemite Valley spring through fall. Over 12 miles (19 km) of paved bike paths are available in Yosemite Valley. In addition, bicyclists can ride on regular roads. Helmets are required by law for children under 18 years of age. Off-trail riding and mountain biking are not permitted in Yosemite National Park.  HP G42-380LA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Water activities are plentiful during warmer months. Rafting can be done through the Yosemite Valley on the Merced River. There is also a swimming pool available at Curry Village.

 In 2010, Yosemite National Park was honored with its own quarter under the America the Beautiful Quarters program.

The exposed geology of the Yosemite area includes primarily granitic rocks with some oldermetamorphic rock.  HP G60-230us Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The first rocks were laid down in Precambrian times, when the area aroundYosemite National Park was on the edge of a very young North American continent. The sediment that formed the area first settled in the waters of a shallow sea, and compressive forces from asubduction zone in the mid-Paleozoic fused the seabed rocks and sediments, appending them to the continent. HP KSB06105HA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Heat generated from the subduction created island arcs of volcanoes (not unlike Japan) that were also thrust into the area of the park. In time, the igneous and sedimentary rocks of the area were later heavily metamorphosed.Most of the rock now exposed in the park is granitic, having been formed 210 to 80 million years ago as igneous diapirs 6 miles (10 km) below the surface. SONY Vaio VPC-EB1E0E Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Over time, most of the overlying rock was uplifted along with the rest of the Sierra Nevada and was removed from the area by erosion. This exposed the granitic rock to much lower pressure, and it was also subjected to erosion in the forms of exfoliation and mass wasting.Starting about 3 million years ago a series of glaciations further modified the area by accelerating the erosion.  Compaq Presario CQ70-220EO Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

During that time large glaciers periodically filled the valleys andcanyons. Landslides and river erosion have been the primary erosive forces since the end of thelast glacial period, which ended in this area around 10,000 BCE.The area of the park was astride a passive continental margin (similar to the east coast of present-day United States) during the Precambrian and early Paleozoic.HP Pavilion dv7-3060sb Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Sediment was derived from continental sources and was deposited in shallow water. The limestones, sandstones, and shales thus created have since been metamorphosed into marble, quartzite, and slate. These rocks are now exposed on isolated pendants in the northern and central parts of the park (Snow Lake Pendant in the Emigrant Wilderness is a good example). ACER Aspire 7720 Series Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Starting in the mid-Paleozoic and lasting into the early Mesozoic, a Convergent Plate Boundary transported many of the above-mentioned seabed sediments into the area of the park (possibly during the Antler orogeny). Heat generated from the subduction led to the creation of an island arc of volcanoes on the west coast ofLaurentia (proto-North America) between the late Devonian and Permian periods. SONY UDQF2PH52CF0 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

These rocks were incorporated into proto-North America by the middle of theTriassic, some of them finding their way to the area of the park. Most of these igneous and sedimentary rocks have since been heavily metamorphosed, upliftedand eroded away.Compaq Presario CQ61-216TU Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

Outcrops of the resulting Shoo Fly Complex (made of schists and gneisses) and younger Calaveras Complex (a mélange of shale, siltstone, andchert with mafic inclusions) are now found in the western side of the park.Later volcanism in the Jurassic intruded and covered these rocks in what may have been magmatic activity associated with the early stages of the creation of theSierra Nevada Batholith. Toshiba Satellite A215-S5802 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

95% of these rocks were eventually removed by uplifted-accelerated erosion. Most of the remaining rocks are exposed as 'roof pendants' in the eastern metamorphic zone. Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs are made of these metavolcanic rocks. Only 5% of the rocks exposed in Yosemite National Park are metamorphic. Toshiba Satellite A210-1BC Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The first phase of regional plutonism started 210 million years ago in the late Triassic and continued throughout the Jurassic to about 150 million years BP. Also starting 150 million years ago was an increase in the westward drift rate of the North American Plate. The resulting orogeny (mountain-building event) is called the Nevadan orogeny by geologists. DELL Inspiron 630m Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

The resulting Nevadan mountain range (also called the Ancestral Sierra Nevada) was 15,000 feet (4500 m) high and was made of sections of seafloor and mélange.

These rocks were later metamorphosed and today can be seen in the gold-bearing metamorphic belt of California's Mother Lode country. ACER Travelmate 4152nlci Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In the area of the park these rocks are exposed along the Merced River and State Route 140. This was directly part of the creation of the Sierra Nevada Batholith, and the resulting rocks were mostly granitic in composition and emplaced about 6 miles (10 km) below the surface.

The second, major pluton emplacement phase lasted from about 120 million to 80 million years ago during the Cretaceous. HP Pavilion dv6-3034tx Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

This was part of the Sevier orogeny. All told there have been more than 50 plutons found in the park. A few miles (several km) of material was eroded away, leaving the Nevadan mountains as a long series of hills a few hundred feet (tens of meters) high by 25 million years ago.

Starting 20 million years ago and lasting until 5 million years ago a now-extinct extension of Cascade Range volcanoes erupted, bringing large amounts of igneous material in the area. HP G62-107SA Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

These igneous deposits blanketed the region north of the Yosemite area. Some lava associated with this activity poured into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne and formed Little Devils Postpile (a smaller but much older version of the columnar basalt palisades in nearby Devils Postpile National Monument).  HP G62-455TX Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

In the late Cenozoic, extensive volcanism occurred east of the park area. Within the Yosemite region, andesitic lava flows and lahars flowed north of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne and volcanic dikes and plugs developed from faults on the flanks of Mount Dana. There is also evidence for a great deal of rhyolitic ash covering the northern part of the Yosemite region 30 million years ago. HP 532617-001 Laptop CPU Cooling Fan

This and later ash deposits have been almost completely eroded away (especially during the ice ages).

Volcanic activity persisted past 5 million years BP east of the current park borders in the Mono Lake and Long Valley areas. HP Pavilion dv6-1101au CPU Fan

The most significant activity was the creation of the Long Valley Caldera about 700,000 years ago in which about 600 times as much material was erupted than in the 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. The most recent activity was the eruption of the Mono-Inyo Craters from 40,000 to 600 years ago.

10 million years ago, vertical movement along the Sierra fault started to uplift the Sierra Nevada.[1HP Pavilion dv7-3190ev CPU Fan

] Subsequent tilting of the Sierra block and the resulting accelerated uplift of the Sierra Nevada increased the gradient of western-flowing streams. The streams consequently ran faster and thus cut their valleys more quickly. Tributary streams ran more-or-less in line with the Sierras, therefore not having their gradients increased. HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

Thus their rate of valley cutting was not significantly affected. The results were hanging valleys and cascading waterfalls where the tributaries met the main streams. Additional uplift occurred when major faults developed to the east, especially the creation of Owens Valley from Basin and Range-associated extensional forces. HP COMPAQ NX9420 CPU Fan

Uplift of the Sierra accelerated again about two million years ago during the Pleistocene. However, Yosemite valley was not created by streams or fault lines (to create a graben valley), such was suggested by geologist Josiah Whitney. Glaciers shaped the Yosemite Valley, and can easily be confused with a graben valley. (Example of a graben valley isDeath Valley in California) HP Mini 110-1110ET CPU Fan

The uplifting and increased erosion exposed granitic rocks in the area to surface pressures, resulting in exfoliation (responsible for the rounded shape of the many granite domes in the park) and mass wasting following the numerous fracture joint planes (cracks; especially vertical ones) in the now solidified plutons. HP Pavilion dv7-1157cl CPU Fan

Pleistocene glaciers further accelerated this process and the larger ones transported the resulting talus and till from valley floors.

Numerous vertical joint planes controlled where and how fast erosion took place. Most of these long, linear and very deep cracks trend northeast or northwest and form parallel, often regularly spaced sets. HP Pavilion dv6-3163eo CPU Fan

They were created by uplift-associated pressure release and by the unloading of overlying rock via erosion. The great majority of Yosemite Valley's widening, for example, was due to joint-controlled rockfall. In fact, only 10% of its widening and 12% of its excavation are thought to be the result of glaciation (Yosemite: A Visitors Companion, pgs 75-76). HP Pavilion dv9740us CPU Fan

Large, relatively unjointed volumes of granite form domes such as Half Dome and monoliths like the 3604 feet (1098 m) high El Capitan. Closely spaced joints lead to the creation of columns, pillers, and pinnacles such as Washington Column, Cathedral Spires, and Split Pinnacle. ACER Aspire 4743 CPU Fan

Starting about 2 to 3 million years ago a series of glaciations further modified the area by accelerating mass wastingthrough ice-wedging, glacial plucking, scouring/abrasion and the release of pressure after the retreat of each glaciation. Severe glaciations formed very large glaciers that tended to strip and transport top soil and talus piles far down glacial valleys, while less-severe glaciations deposited a great deal of glacial till further up in the valleys. HP Pavilion dv6-2170us CPU Fan

At least 4 major glaciations have occurred in the Sierra Nevada; locally called the Sherwin (also called the pre-Tahoe), Tahoe, Tenaya, and Tioga. The Sherwin glaciers were the largest, filling Yosemite and other valleys, while later stages produced much smaller glaciers. The Sherwin may have lasted almost 300 thousand years and ended about 1 million years ago. Toshiba Satellite L675-S7018 CPU Fan

A Sherwin-age glacier was almost surely responsible for the major excavation and shaping of Yosemite Valley and other canyons in the area.The Tahoe, Tenaya, and Tioga stages were part of the Wisconsinan glaciation. The Tahoe glacial stage is thought to have reached its maximum extent around 70,000 to 130,000 years ago; little is known about the more recent Tenaya. ASUS F80Q CPU Fan

Evidence also suggests that the most recent local glacial stage, the Tioga, started about 28,000 cal (calibrated Radiocarbon dating#Measurements and scales) years ago, reached its maximum extent 20,000 to 25,000 cal yr ago, and ended by ~15,000 cal yr ago. Glaciers reformed in the highest cirques during a minor late-glacial readvance, the Recess Peak event, between about 14,200 and 13,100 yr ago. ACER TravelMate 4200 CPU Fan

After that, glaciers appear to have been absent from the range until about 3200 cal yr ago, when small glaciers reappeared in the highest cirques. This readvance records the onset of Neoglaciation in the Sierra Nevada. Neoglaciation in the range culminated during the "Little Ice Age," a term originally coined by Francois Matthes in the Sierra Nevada, HP 434678-001 CPU Fan

but now widely accepted as referring to a period of global glacial expansion between about AD 1250 to 1900. Moraines in the Sierra Nevada related to the Little Ice Age event are termed Matthes deposits. They are common in north-facing cirques and below modern glaciers in the High Sierra and are typically fresh, unstable, and often ice-cored. HP G70-120EA CPU Fan

Good examples of Matthes moraines can be found below the Palisade Glacier (the largest glacier in the range), Lyell and Maclure glaciers in southern Yosemite N.P., and the smaller glaciers below Mount Dana, Kuna Peak, Mount Conness, and Matterhorn Peak.

Glacial systems reached depths of up to 4000 feet (1200 m) and left their marks in the Yosemite area. Toshiba Satellite A300-034 CPU Fan

The longest glacier in the Yosemite area ran down the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River for 60 miles (95 km), passing well beyond Hetch Hetchy Valley. Merced Glacier flowed out of Yosemite Valley and into the Merced River Gorge. Lee Vining Glacier carved Lee Vining Canyon and emptied into Lake Russell (the much enlarged ice age version of Mono Lake). HP 606609-001 CPU Fan

Only the highest peaks, such as Mount Dana and Mount Conness, were not covered by glaciers. Retreating glaciers often left recessional moraines that impounded lakes such as Lake Yosemite (a shallow lake that periodically covered much of the floor of Yosemite Valley).

Some domes in the park were covered by glaciers and modified into roche moutonnées, Compaq Presario CQ60-301sl CPU Fan

which are characterized by having a smooth, rounded side and a steep face. The rounded side was where the glacier flowed over the dome and the steep side is where the glacier flowed away from it. The steepness is caused by glacial plucking of rock along fracture joints. Good examples in the park are Liberty Cap, Lembert Dome, and Mount Broderick. TOSHIBA Satellite L300 CPU Fan

Half Dome was created by a different process, but erosion acting on jointing planes was still the major factor.

The origin of the geological landscapes of the park have been under debate since 1865. At that time, Josiah Whitney, then chief geologist of California, proposed that Yosemite Valley is a graben: ASUS Eee PC 701 CPU Fan

a downdropped block of land surrounded by faults.John Muir proposed that Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy Valley were formed purely by glacial action. In 1930, Francois Matthes proposed a hybrid hypothesis, where most of the depth of the valley was gouged by water erosion, the rest by glacial action. The glacial action also claimed to have widened the valley. Compaq Presario CQ60-305sa CPU Fan

More recently, the debate has been reopened by Jeffrey Schaffer, who suggests that the role of glaciers and other erosion processes has been dramatically overstated. Schaffer states that Yosemite Valley above 5600 feet (1700 m), for example, has changed relatively little in the past 30 million years. Other than being slightly larger, HP 637607-001 CPU Fan

if one could look back in time and see them, the major features would be recognizable to the modern eye. Schaffer believes that the numerous joint planes have had the greatest impact on the geomorphology of the Park's major features. This is in contradiction to the consensus view that huge highly abrasive glaciers HP Pavilion dv7-3067nr CPU Fan

acting on joint planes combined with a great deal of uplift over just the past couple million years was the primary shaping force of the features (such rapid uplift would have greatly accelerated all types of erosion).

Yosemite West (pronounced "Yo-SEM-it-tee") is an unincorporated community private community of resort homes located just outside of the southern area of Yosemite National Park just off Wawona Road, HP Pavilion dv5-1210ez CPU Fan

a continuation of   State Route 41from Fresno. It is situated one mile (1.6 km) south of the Chinquapin intersection of Wawona Road with the Glacier Point Road at an altitude of 5,100–6,300 ft (1,550–1,900 m). The elevation reported by the USGS is 5866 feet (1788 m).[1] The GPS coordinates are N 37° 38.938’ W 119° 43.310’ [1]. Compaq Presario CQ50-211nr CPU Fan

Although appearing to be very near to the community of El Portal this community is part of Henness Ridge, towering nearly 3,000 feet (900 m) above the southern banks of the Merced River and the   State Route 140 from Mariposa. Therefore, there is no direct access to Yosemite West from HWY 140. HP G56-114SA CPU Fan

To get to Yosemite West from this direction, you need to enter the park through the Arch Rock entrance along Hwy 140 from Merced. This stretch of HWY 140, also known as El Portal Road, connects with the Wawona Road in the Yosemite Valley ( Bridalveil Falls) where you continue south to the entrance to Yosemite West. SONY Vaio VGN-CR21Z/N CPU Fan

As part of Mariposa County, Yosemite West is a subdivision of 294 lots on approximately 120 acres (49 ha), complete with underground utilities and paved roads. To date there are 173 developed lots with houses, including two condominium buildings with a total of 48 units. It is surrounded on three sides by Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest. HP Pavilion dv7-4060eo CPU Fan

Some homes are owned by permanent residents of the area while others are resort homes, some of which are rented on a daily and weekly basis by visitors to Yosemite National Park. These vacation rentals provide much needed funds for infrastructure repairs.

Occupation of the Yosemite West area did not begin, however with the subdivision that opened in 1967. Toshiba Satellite M70-252 CPU Fan

It began many centuries earlier with the North American IndianTribes of the Sierra. Before the advent of the white man, Indians used Yosemite West as their camp ground and hunting area. Even today a search for the obsidian chips used as arrowheads can provide an interesting days outing in Yosemite West. Toshiba Satellite A100-455 CPU Fan

Yosemite Institute (YI) Plans for an Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Henness Ridge (Near Yosemite West). As per the report (page 79)[2], "the total number of students in the park per session would be approximately 490. Under this alternative, 224 students would be housed at the Henness Ridge campus and approximately 266 in Yosemite Valley HP Pavilion dv5-2112br CPU Fan

(approximately 74 fewer students than in historic programming). The new facilities at Henness Ridge would provide indoor and outdoor learning environments that are tailored to teaching and learning. The new dining hall and classroom, as well as the circulation of students during their stay, would significantly improve the students’ indoor educational experience. DELL BFB0505HA CPU Fan

A diversity of trails around the campus at Henness Ridge would provide the environmental education program opportunities for exploration." In April 2010, a record of decision was received in favor of the new center to be built at Henness Ridge. "HP Pavilion dv6-3299en CPU Fan

The new center will provide a permanent home for environmental education in Yosemite National Park and will enable Yosemite Institute to provide improved and expanded educational opportunities for its students."

As early as 1912 the cutting of timber in the Chinquapin area was started and logs were hauled to Merced Falls. SONY Vaio VGN-NW11Z/T CPU Fan

The Yosemite Valley Railroad was built to carry out the lumber harvested from the vast supply of Sugar Pines found along the Merced River canyon. Immortalized in author Hank Johnston’s book, “Whistles Blow No More”[4], the Yosemite Lumber Company logged in this area. In fact, the remains of the longest Incline rail system ever built are located at what is now Camp One Resort[5], Toshiba Satellite L550-20W CPU Fan

just a short distance away from the Yosemite West development. The incline rose to a height of 3,100 feet (950 m) above the Merced River. The Camp One incline was used to lower logs to the Merced River at El Portal from the logging area. One of the stops on the Yosemite Valley Railroad line was the lumber mill built by the Yosemite Lumber Company where the wood was planed, HP Pavilion dv7-4183sf CPU Fan

finished, dried and stored. The lumber company is gone now and trees have fully returned with most 80+ feet (24+ m) tall, surrounding most homes on the hill. The old Shay logging train grades have been replaced with paved roads and underground utilities, giving it a pleasant rural atmosphere.

You can drive up Highway 41 through Fresno and Madera counties to enter the Park through the South Entrance. HP Pavilion dv7-3190ev CPU Fan

This is the best way to go if you want to see the Mariposa Grove, the Wawona area, and Glacier Point on the way to Yosemite Valley. Highway 41 becomes the Wawona Road when it enters Yosemite. Henness Ridge Road is the junction off HWY 41 which leads to Yosemite West.[6]

North of Yosemite West is Chinquapin junction. Located midway between Wawona, HP KSB06105HA CPU Fan

Glacier Point, and the Yosemite Valley, the junction is the turn off for Badger Pass Ski Area Resort [7] and Glacier Point. During the winter months, Badger Pass skiing is just minutes away.

Several trails begin at the border of Yosemite West, a private community. Some of them follow the old railroad beds left by the Yosemite Lumber Company. HP G62-244CA CPU Fan

One such trail is across Hwy 41 near the Henness Ridge Road turn off to Yosemite West. Here you can find a parking area and the trailhead for Deer Camp Trail.[8] This trailhead is just south of Chinquapin and Glacier Point Road. As you hike along the trail above Hwy 41, it passes over Rail Creek and Strawberry Creek on its way to Deer Camp on Empire Meadow. HP Pavilion dv7-3190ei CPU Fan

Alder Creek Trail branches off from Deer Camp Trail. Along Alder Creek Trail you will come to Alder Creek Fall and the remnants of the old Yosemite Lumber Company railroad. You will see old railroad ties and pieces of track. In spring, Alder Creek Fall, which cascades down about 100 ft., can be a lovely sight. HP G62-244CA CPU Fan

Some of the areas along the trail were at one time almost completely clear-cut by the lumber company. But now the area has dense stands of conifers and a few oaks and is well populated with birds in its full canopy. The trail is moderate in difficulty but the terrain is smooth. Towards the last mile or so it is steep as you hike down toward the end of the trail at Wawona. ASUS A6000R CPU Fan

Another hiking experience is the Henness Ridge Fire Lookout Trail. This unmarked trailhead starts at the end of Azalea Lane in Yosemite West. Using the asphalt access road to the right, hike past the water towers and continue 0.7 miles to the Henness Ridge fire lookout tower. This historic site is one of two remaining four rustic-style lookouts in the state. HP Pavilion dv7-6011sg CPU Fan

Built in 1939 by CCC, it was used by US Park Service for fire detection during the 60's and 70's,[2] and is now historic structure number 5300.[3] 360 degree panoramic views of Yosemite can be seen from this vantage point.

Another branch of the trail starting at Azalea Road. Toshiba Satellite L300D-01P CPU Fan

Take the path to the left and proceed a quarter mile northeast distance, the trail turns south. You are now on the Eleven-mile Trail also known as the Old Wawona Road, which parallels the current Wawona Road. Follow this old road bed south. The trail branches at the Eleven-mile Creek. Follow the trail, which parallels the creek bed, to the right to arrive at Eleven- mile Meadow. Compaq Presario CQ60-409CA CPU Fan

Eleven-mile meadow has had many different uses through the years. The Meadow had been used for cattle grazing operations until the early 1930s, as a logging camp and as a CCC camp which was established in 1933.[4] Earlier on, Stage coaches brought travelers to the area with a stop at the Eleven Mile Change Station which was near Chinquapin.[5] HP Mini 110-3010sf CPU Fan

As the 20th century approached, the roadbed was converted to a rail bed. The Yosemite Lumber Company used it transport logs to the incline at Henness Ridge. The incline lowered logs to the Merced River far below.

Using the old railroad bed, the hike to the 11 mile trail meadow is an easy walk from Yosemite West and is about 2.8 miles in length, each way. Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4056 CPU Fan

Yosemite West is a community of more than 151 private residences and resort homes which can be accessed from HWY41 via Henness Ridge Road, approximately seventeen miles (27 km) inside the South Entrance of the Park. In addition, located high on top of Yosemite West at an elevation of 6,200 feet, there is a 48 unit condominium complex. Toshiba Satellite M70-142 CPU Fan

Most condos are available for daily rental to guests of Yosemite National Park, while others are private vacation residences.

The land for this community was purchased and developed in the 1960s by Yosemite Highlands, Inc., a group of business and professional men from the San Jose area. DELL Inspiron E1505 CPU Fan

They envisioned a unique Mountain Resort area accessible year round for leisure time recreation. A complete economic feasibility study was made by the Economic Research Association. [9] Six development schemes produced by Victor Gruen Associates [10] of Los Angeles, were analyzed before settling on the one now in effect. HP 532613-001 CPU Fan

This family oriented environment is unique in Yosemite. Unlike other communities in the park, this area was designed with all utilities underground. There are no power poles or telephone lines to detract from the serenity of living in a forest. Views from your windows are filled with evergreens, oaks and manzanita. HP Envy 14-1080eo CPU Fan

Mule deer, squirrels, coyotes, Steller's Jays and other animals frequent the area, so it is common to see them from your window, even an occasional bear [11]. With an approximate altitude of 5,500 feet (1,700 m), Yosemite West is higher than accommodations in the valley. During the summer, this affords a cooler environment by 10 to 20 °F (5 to 10 °C) than in the Valley. ACER TravelMate 5230 CPU Fan,Lenovo 3000 G430 CPU Fan,ASUS EEE PC 1215N CPU Fan,Dell Vostro 3750 CPU Fan

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