The history of Yosemite National Park is as compelling as the waterfalls, monoliths, and peaks that have mesmerized visitors for more than a century. But what hikers see today in the iconic Yosemite Valley, as well as on the peaks in the high country and within the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees, is a world away from the place Native Americans once called Ahwahnee, and from what gold-seekers and mountain men looked upon in the park’s earliest days.
Historic Yosemite National Park is a vibrant collection of stories about different aspects of Yosemite National Park’s fascinating history, from the conservation works of pivotal characters such as writer John Muir and photographer Ansel Adams to the daring exploits of rock climbers and the natural forces that have shaped Yosemite’s stunning vistas. These stories reveal why Yosemite National Park has inspired humankind for centuries.
Tracy Salcedo has been writing and editing outdoor guidebooks for more than twenty years. She has written Best Easy Day Hikes guides to the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe, among others, and has authored several other FalconGuides, including Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California and Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park. She resides in California’s Wine Country.