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Dewey Point

While there are tons of information on photographing Yosemite, there is not much on Dewey Point, the popular snowshoeing destination. I'd like to share my experiences here.

We did an overnight snowshoe back country camping at Dewey Point on Dec 31, 2012. Dewey Point offers some great views at both sunset and sunrise time, where you can see both El Capitan and Half Dome. Although it is not as dominating as what you see in Yosemite valley, the vantage point is unique. El Capitan, the biggest exposed granite monolith in the world, is right in front of you. More excitingly, moments before the last lights of 2012 disappeared on the horizon, we were lucky enough to witness for the first time in our life some optical phenomenon called anticrepuscular rays from the mountain range behind Half Dome.

From Dewey Point, a short 0.6 mile one-way hike will bring you to Crocker Point, which also offers some stunning views from a different angle.

When we were there the lowest temperature was 14° F at night. It varied from 7° F to 15° F for the week.

Eagle Peak

On Jan 18, 2014, we did a 2-day backpacking trip. On the first day hiked from valley floor to Upper Yosemite Falls. Stayed there overnight. On next day we hiked to Eagle Peak, a prominent summit on the north side of Yosemite Valley. The peak offers unique vantage point of the valley. Sunset was amazing. Sunrise, however, same as many other places in the valley, was not impressive. Unless you want to melt snow, Yosemite Creek is the only place you can pump water along this trail.

Upper Cathedral Lake

On Oct 4, 2014, we finally got a chance to camp at Upper Cathedral Lake, a famous landmark in Yosemite. Backcountry permit is required for overnight stay there. Keep in mind that the permit is not easy to get. We had to reserve 5 months ago in order to get it! The hike is pretty easy 3.5 miles one way. But getting to the popular spot on the nearby hill to take the iconic photo above the lake needs a bit effort because there is no clearly marked trail on the hill. Here is my recorded GPS track. Hope it helps.

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Sunset at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset at Tunnel View


Horsetail falls Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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Horsetail falls Sunset

Viewed from southside drive.


Horsetail falls Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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Horsetail falls Sunset

Viewed from southside drive.


Horsetail falls Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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Horsetail falls Sunset

Viewed from southside drive.


Valley View, Yosemite National Park, California

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Valley View


Sunset at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset at Tunnel View


Upper Cathedral Lake Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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Upper Cathedral Lake Sunset


Upper Cathedral Lake Star Track, Yosemite National Park, California

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Upper Cathedral Lake Star Track


The Last Light of 2012, Yosemite National Park, California

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The Last Light of 2012

Sunset at Dewey Point.


Sunset with Sea of Clouds at Dewey Point, Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset with Sea of Clouds at Dewey Point


Crocker Point Sunrise, Yosemite National Park, California

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Crocker Point Sunrise

The photo was taken on the trail from Dewey Point to Crocker Point.


View from Eagle Peak, Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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View from Eagle Peak, Sunset

This was from a 2-day backpacking trip in Jan 2014.


View from Eagle Peak, Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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View from Eagle Peak, Sunset

This was from a 2-day backpacking trip in Jan 2014.


The First Light on El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California

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The First Light on El Capitan

The photo was taken on Crocker Point.


Sunset at Sentinel Bridge, Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset at Sentinel Bridge

This is a classic view of Half Dome.


Squirrel, Yosemite National Park, California

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Squirrel


Deer, Yosemite National Park, California

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Deer


Sunset at Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California

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Sunset at Tunnel View


Half Dome Cables, Yosemite National Park, California

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Half Dome Cables


Half Dome from Tunnel View, Yosemite National Park, California

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Half Dome from Tunnel View


Fungus and Tree, Valley Floor Loop Trail, Yosemite National Park, California

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Fungus and Tree, Valley Floor Loop Trail


View from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California

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View from Glacier Point


Glacier Point Sunset, Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Point Sunset


Horse Tail Fall, Yosemite National Park, California

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Horse Tail Fall


Glacier Point Sunset in Winter, Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Point Sunset in Winter

The photo was taken from a snowshoe camping trip.


Glacier Point Sunset in Winter, Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Point Sunset in Winter

The photo was taken from a snowshoe camping trip.


Glacier Sunset Point in Winter, Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Sunset Point in Winter

The photo was taken from a snowshoe camping trip.


Camp at Glacier Point Parking Lot, Yosemite National Park, California

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Camp at Glacier Point Parking Lot


Glacier Sunset Point in Winter, Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Sunset Point in Winter

The photo was taken from a snowshoe camping trip.


Climber's headlight, star tracks and Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California

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Climber's headlight, star tracks and Yosemite Falls

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