This weekend, I went snow-shoeing in Yosemite. It was the first time I have:

    Gone camping in a national park
    Stayed in a cabin covered with canvas
    Done any sort of winter sport
    Seen people ski
    Snow-shoed on an expert trail
    Eaten hot dogs in the snow

I had been to Yosemite a lot, but never to stay the night before. The park is much less crowded in winter and just as gorgeous.

El Capitan

The first day, we drove up to the park, found our cabin, and looked around Yosemite. By the Ansel Adams Gallery, a herd of deer were eating leaves in the snow.


We stayed in a heated tent/cabin–a wooden cabin frame covered with canvas. Yosemite at night is nearly as impressive as it is in the daytime. The snow glows in the moonlight, making for dramatic views even in the dark.

Sun setting on Half Dome.

The next day, we went snow-shoeing. As mentioned before, I had never done anything in the snow. In fact, I’ve only been in snow a handful of times in my entire life.

LtoR: Marcia, me, Kyle, Stephanie, Justin

We hiked up to Dewey Point, a 7-8 mile round-trip. At first, snow-shoeing was a lot of fun. It was surreal to see all the landscape covered with snow and to know we were walking on top of bushes. We didn’t see any wildlife–except for a spider–but we saw lots of cross-country skiers, all of whom looked exhausted to me.

Kyle jumping off a rock in his snow-shoes

Unfortunately, the trail we ended up on was somehow an expert level, which was a lot for the first time snow-shoeing. Turns out going up steep hills in show shoes is hard. On top of that, we were in a hurry because we wanted to make sure to get to the top of Dewey Point and back in time to return our snow shoes. I had a hard time keeping up with everyone.

However, at the top of the hill, we had hot dogs in the snow. Justin cooked them on his camping stove, which is a nifty gadget. Having a hot dog picnic cheered me up.

Justin cooking the hotdogs

Dewey Point is alarmingly high up and there is nothing to prevent you from falling to your death.

A shot of the drop–I believe that circle in the middle is a meadow covered with snow.

On the way back, we took an easier trail, which was a relief for me. Still, this was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever done. It felt like we did 15 miles instead of 8 miles. Despite this, I’m really glad we went. Thanks to Justin and Stephanie for arranging it all.

Kyle and me at the top of Dewey Point

5 thoughts on “Winter Hot Dog Picnic in Yosemite

  1. krista

    Snow Shoeing IS fun. It makes me feel like a frontier woman. The trails are much more scenic and often times more daring than the novice ski trails because snow shoes are safer. Great Photos!

  2. marcia

    Yeah, it was really really hard! I had to turn off my brain sometimes so it wouldn’t yell at me for hurting my body. However, the view from the point was spectacular. I think it was probably the best view I’ve seen.

  3. Stephanie

    Ditto, I had to shut my very grumpy brain to keep going… but it was sooooo worth it! I do wish we had a little more time to be able to stroll up and down these 7.5 miles and not race the last 4. Live and learn… snowshoeing takes a lot more work than regular hiking.
    However my brain feels enriched and refreshed, full of beautiful images.
    Thanks for being a part of it, it was really fun!

  4. Leona

    Joy, that shot of El Capitan is breathtaking! Good photography!

  5. soleilisme » Yosemite in Winter

    […] Right before our destination, we stopped to have some lunch… Hot Dogs that Justin cooked on our little camping stove with buns, ketchup and all! Other people passing by looked jealous… hellz yeah we’re cooking in the snow! (Joy has some evidence!) We were almost just going to turn around because we were pressed with time, but some cross-country skiers told us that Dewey Point was really just around the corner. Ok… we went the extra few yards. […]

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