The Emerald Pool

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing


One of the prettiest parts of the hike up to Half Dome is the Emerald Pool. This part of the Merced is maybe 1/5 mile above Vernal Fall and is very inviting. Just upstream of the calm pool is a wooden bridge under which lies a chute of fast moving water. It has a name – The Silver Apron. It seems like it would be a blast to jump in there and slide down the smooth granite just like at the commercial water slides. However, there is the matter of a 300 ft drop over the fall just downstream. But people do go in despite the warning signs and mandates that no one go in the water there. How did it get its name? Good old Lafayette Bunnell who “wrote the book” about the discovery of Yosemite in 1851 said that out of the chute is  “broken into countless liquid diamonds.” – Well not exactly emeralds, but you get the idea.

Product alert – Bass Pro is having a sale on the Garmin Oregon 200 Handheld GPS with, 3”, sunlight readable, color touchscreen display. I’ve not used it but the specs sound good. It has a WASS enabled receiver and HotFix™ satellite prediction. May be worth a look. Reg $229 – now 199.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Splish splash, I was taking a bath, Long about a Saturday night. A rub dub, just relaxing in the tub, Thinking everything was alright.” – Bobby Darin

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch


One Response to “The Emerald Pool”

  1. Dean Says:

    I recall a pool just before Nevada falls too but I don’t know if it has a name? It was certainly very popular with plenty folk swimming or just soothing their feet. Not fast moving but still a little close to the falls…

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