"Our family loved the hiking, fishing, golf, horseback riding, and the swimming hole. The Summit House is the perfect place to stay in Yosemite." Dennis Choate, San Francisco
Yosemite activities are numerous including golf, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, and climbing the trails of Chilnualna Falls.
Chilnualna Falls Day Hike (strenuous)
- 8.2 miles (13.1 km) round-trip; 5 hours. 2,400 feet elevation gain
- Begin at Chilnualna Falls parking area, two miles up the Chilnualna Falls Road
- The trail leads from the bottom of the parking area and along cascading Chilnualna Creek for a half mile (0.8 km). A series of switchbacks then lead away from the creek into the open forest, where you'll get views of the Wawona area.
Sunbathing and swimming in the south fork of the Merced River, which is only a short walk from the house, are among the summertime treats.
The Merced River was designated as 'Wild and Scenic' by Congress in 1987. It is the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, and shall be preserved in free-flowing condition. They and their immediate environments are protected for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. The National Park Service manages 81 miles of the Merced River.
In the winter, picturesque Badger Pass is close by and offers marvelous family downhill and crosscountry skiing.
Badger Pass:http://www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass.aspx - Open daily from 9-4:00 PM during the season - Season: generally mid-Dec to late Mar - 10 runs: 35% beg, 50% int, 15% adv - Beginner-friendly terrain park - 5 lifts: 4 chairs, 1 handle tow - Elevation: 7,200 to 8,000 ft - Vertical drop: 800 ft - Avg Temp range: 30-60 degrees F - 85% of slopes are beg and int levels - Badger Pups kids program (4-6 yr olds)