|Bridalveil Fall (620 feet) and the Leaning Tower at the west end of the valley|
|Ribbon Falls only flows in the spring; it's the highest free-falling waterfall in the park at 1,612 feet.|
|Upper Yosemite Falls, 1,430 feet high, the second highest in the park after Ribbon Falls (above).|
|A flooded Cook's Meadow forms the foreground for Upper Yosemite Falls.|
There's a secret though...even on the most crowded days in Yosemite Valley, you can find peace, serenity, and quiet. It requires that you park the car and get out. Not every trail is crowded, and in some places you can make your own path through the forest. The number of fellow hikers decreases exponentially with the distance from any paved road. If you are ever given a precious few moments in this grandest of valleys, give it a try. You won't regret it.