By Dana Rebmann, December 1, 2023

Yosemite National Park attracts millions of visitors every year, but there’s no reason for you to hang out with the crowds. In spring, a pair of waterfalls reward hikers who make the hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley to Hetch Hetchy. A quiet, shady hike into Yosemite Wilderness Area leads to Carlon Falls. Pack a picnic and a bathing suit. Technically located outside of park boundaries, Rainbow Pool Day Use Area is a swimming hole that once served as a stagecoach toll stop.