'Firefall' optical illusion lights up Yosemite National Park

If you want to capture the yearly spectacle, the park’s website suggests the best view is from the park’s El Capitan picnic area. Make sure you get there early, before the park gets crowded.

“I’ve seen a few photographers get here at 9 a.m. to claim their spot for the sunset,” Gediman said. “All we ask is you be respectful to the park and make sure what you packed … you pack up and take out.”

He also suggests visitors bring food, water, a change of clothes and tire chains, because of the weather conditions.

Photographer Ray Lee, who made the trek to the park this weekend, faced tough weather to make it there.

“This trip almost didn’t happen due to the crazy road conditions at Yosemite,” he posted on Instagram. “For those that plan on going to see this, be careful since there has been so much water that some of the roads are falling apart.”

Gediman said the park has that covered with a 24-hour hot line: 209-372-0200.

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