Posted by: Sandy Steinman | April 27, 2010

Yosemite: Wildflowers and Waterfalls.

Two good sources of what is currently happening at Yosemite are:
In the Moment: Michael Frye’s Landscape Photography Blog.
Yosemite Nature Notes Blog.

For general wildflower check the Park’s wildflower information site: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/common-wildflowers.htm

For detailed lists of vegetative species: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/vegspecies.htm

Description of plant communities: http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/plants.htm

To see a video on the wildflowers of Yosemite:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/photosmultimedia/ynn1-wildflowers.htm

Spring is peak waterfall season in Yosemite Valley. The snow melt greatly increases the volume of the water flow.  For information  on Yosemite waterfalls see article in S.F. Chronicle  by Tom Stienstra: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/15/SPL51CU3UM.DTL&feed=rss.out

Current conditions ( includes waterfalls,wildflower bloom, snow, road conditions)  http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

Yosemite Explorer:  http://yosemiteexplorer.com/photos/v/flowers/

A good hiking guide is the Falcon Press:Hiking Yosemite National Park by Suzanne Swedo.  I particularly like that it has author’s favorites section that lists best hikes for wildflowers,wildlife, photographers, high-altitude scenery, etc.  In the interests of full disclosure I have done many trips with Suzanne and I am mentioned in the acknowledgements section of the second edition.

For additional information about visiting Yosemite click more.

Birding Yosemite:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/birds.htm

Bears:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/bears.htm

Butterflies:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/butterflies.htm

Fall color:  http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/fall-color.htm

Yosemite Hikes Wildflower Guide: photos of common wildflowers at Yosemite  (also follow the link to wildflower guides at the bottom of the page)  Also go to their home page to find out information about hiking Yosmite:  http://www.yosemitehikes.com/wildflowers/yosemite-wildflowers-guide.htm


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  4. Russ Cohen says:
    February 6, 2011 at 2:46 am
    My wife and I are thinking about spending the week ending in Memorial Day weekend visiting Yosemite NP and the surrounding area. Do you think any wildflowers will be in bloom then? If so, have you got any recoomedations for good wildflower walks in (or especially) outside the park?

    Thanks in advance for whatever help you can give us on this.

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    • Memorial Day weekend is kind of an in between time. The high elevation flowers aren’t out yet and the lower elevation are finishing up. That doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty to see, the key will be doing a little homework. You should also be warned that the park is very crowded over holiday weekends.
      I would check the following websites to see what they are currently reporting just before you leave:
      http://www.nps.gov/yose/naturescience/common-wildflowers.htm
      http://yosemitenaturenotes.blogspot.com/
      http://www.michaelfrye.com/landscape-photography-blog/
      For advance planning I would suggest looking at these two books:
      Wild Flower Walks and Roads of the Sierra Gold Country by Toni Farber, which I find has the best information about where to drive and walk to see wildflowers in the Sierra Gold Country.
      Hiking Yosemite National Park by Suzanne Swedo (although the focus is hiking, the author is a botanist and includes lots of flower information and suggested wildflower hikes
      You also might call Yosemite or check with the visitors center but see if you can speak to someone who really knows wildflowers.
      One last thought is you might also check with the Sierra Foothills CNPS Chapter: http://www.sierrafoothillscnps.org/

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