A Day on the South Rim
By John P. DeGrazio
Perhaps the most rewarding of all the Yosemite snowshoe hikes is the 7 mile journey to Dewey Point from Badger Pass. Upon arriving at the historic ski resort, you begin your trek on the Glacier Point Road for about a mile of gradual incline. From there, you have two choices of a rugged rim trail  or a more gentle meadow trail . They converge for the final mile long push to Dewey Point. This is a remarkably rewarding hike but beware, you will not receive the true rewards unless you finish. 7 miles is equivalent to more than 10 miles of regular hiking so it’s not for everyone, but inexperienced snowshoers should not be discouraged as long as you stick with it.
The trail is well marked with yellow blazes and very easy to follow. Just remember Leave No Trace asks snowshoers and hikers to stay out of the cross country ski trails. This is fairly easy to follow, but there are few narrow passages where the path is shared. Arriving at Dewey Point, expect a mono a mono visit with the Captain. To the west of El Capitan flows the icy Ribbon Fall, Yosemite’s tallest single drop waterfall. Enjoy many other views including the Cathedral Rocks, the Clark Range, Yosemite Valley, Mt. Hoffman, North Dome, Mt. Watkins, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome, the Cathedral Range, Mt. Florence, and many other peaks in Yosemite’s high country.
Prepare to take about 6-7 hours on this hike and expect it to take your breath away.
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