My second day in Yosemite was as exciting as the first one. We decided to spend that day in the upper part of the Park, driving the Tioga Road to the small town of Lee Vining at the shores of Mono Lake.
This part of Yosemite NP is less known than Yosemite Valley, probably because the Tioga Road and the mountain pass are closed during winter. Here we didn’t see the crowds of tourists like in the Valley. The landscape in this area is very different from the Valley’s. The altitude difference between the two areas is huge: the valley is at around 700 meters above the sea and the Tioga Road has an altitude of more than 3500 meters. Here the meadows are larger with rivers running through them, forests are not as deep, vegetation is lower, and there are more lakes… But this area is no less beautiful than the famous valley. There are impressive views of the Valley from above, and the Tioga Pass is one of the greatest landscapes I’ve seen in California. And arriving from the mountain green landscapes of Yosemite to the almost deserted area of Mono Lake was a bit of a shock!
Here are some photos I took from the round trip from Yosemite to Mono lake along the Tioga road. I hope you like them! 🙂