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The Yosemite

John Muir

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John Muir’s adventure guide for the Yosemite Valley.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rming an almost continuous lake dotted with blue sludgy islands, while innumerable streams roared like lions across my path and were sweeping forward rocks and logs with tremendous energy over ground where tiny gilias had been growing but a short time before. Climbing into the talus slopes, where these savage torrents were broken among earthquake boulders, I managed to cross them, and force my way up the Valley to Hutchings' Bridge, where I crossed the river and waded to the middle of the upper meadow. Here most of the new falls were in sight, probably the most glorious assemblage of waterfalls ever displayed from any one standpoint. On that portion of the south wall between Hutchings' and the Sentinel there were ten falls plunging and booming from a height of nearly three thousand feet, the smallest of which might have been heard miles away. In the neighborhood of Glacier Point there were six; between the Three Brothers and Yosemite Fall, nine; between Yosemite and Royal. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reading “The Yosemite” was my first experience reading John Muir’s prose. His descriptions are amazing. I read most of the book on a backpacking trip in Yosemite, and I cherish this opportunity to read Muir’s descriptions of the very place I was visiting. Muir’s words are oft quoted, and now I under

I’d recommend this book to anyone who recently moved to Yosemite and started a cartographic technician job working for the park

Very very dry. Entire chapters detailing each type of tree found in the valley. Then similar chapters to every flower. Then bird. Etc

The best chapters are about the geological history of the valley, the discovery of it, and Muirs adventures just wandering around it.

Beautifully lyrical prose written by John Muir describing the wonders of Yosemite National Park. He often uses musical terms to illustrate sounds of waterfalls and birds and uses a thesaurus’ worth of descriptors. What a world he saw! We have him to thank for Yosemite and other national parks preser

Its been since my youth that I read john Muir, listened to the audio while working my garden and loved memory lane. I grew up at Tahoe and he discusses the sugar pines,
since I was little I knew where to find them around the Lake, the book was very nostalgic for me. I was surprised how florific his w

I just returned from Yosemite, a gift to the world from the venerable John Muir, who managed to have it preserved for posterity (although he failed in his attempt to save a neighboring valley, the Hetch Hetchy, now submerged beneath a reservoir). The Yosemite allowed me to better understand some of

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the other John Muir books I've read recently, which is, to say, it was only great and not incredible. The Yosemite reads more like a guide to the national park itself rather than Muir's own thoughts and while there are tales of his wanderings in there, as there ar

In Yosemite, Muir does for the Yosemite Valley what he did for the Serrias in The Mountains of California. This is an excellent rendition of the flora, fauna, and geology of the Yosemite Valley region. Procured at Yosemite National Park, the work helped me enjoy the majestic views.

I think John Muir has got to be one of my top 5 favorite humans of all time. The guy was seriously one of a kind. This fact became evident within the first few pages of "The Yosemite," which I decided to read in advance of my first trip to Yosemite National Park this weekend. John Muir is basically

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