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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 un...more

Beautiful nature writing.

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 the t...more

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...more

John Muir is the absolute man. I wish more people would love the environment like he did.

I listened to this book on audio from the library. It is a beautiful ode to the nature of Yosemite that brought many smiles to my face and also put me to sleep sometimes, in a pleasant way.

3.5 stars, I liked it well enough, especially the info on all of the different types of trees. It is definitely a place I would like to visit, sounds like it would be a lovely place to hike! This was an audio book , read by numerous people. Some were better than others, 1 in particular was horrid...more

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Muir's classic lovingly details Yosemite, conducting readers on his favorite paths through the valley and introducing us to his friends, the trees.

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 basical...more

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