Most CSERC members already know that the Northern Yosemite region offers spectacular trails and
breath-taking scenic vistas. Due to the heavy snows and rains this year, plant growth is especially lush,
wildflowers are thriving, and waterfalls and rivers can be heard as well as seen. The sound and smell of water
bring many wildlife species down the mountainsides or across the rocky terrain to the water's edge -- making
flowing water a good location to look for migratory songbirds, river otters, ouzels, and other animals.
As hot days dry the foothills and once-radiant grassland flowers turn brown and wither, there are
countless streams and rivers on public lands of the local mountains to meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. This newsletter features two great hikes along forks of the Tuolumne River for those eager to explore.
Tuolumne River below Preston Falls
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