The KCHBR looked a bit more difficult. The Clouds Rest trail is one of the best hikes in Yosemite and offers you epic views of Half Dome once you reach the summit. There are two trails that leave from Tenaya Lake, one that leads to the north and one to the south. I had managed a good day today, 22 miles after 11 AM, and with mostly very good scenery. This is not a very popular trail, but I was happy for a bit of relief from the mental burden of solo off trail travel. Mostly flat, but covering more than 11 miles if you do the full loop, the Valley Loop trail offers a moderate fall hike in Yosemite that brings you past Lower Yosemite Fall, Three Brothers Rock formation, past Camp 4 and onto El Capitan. Hiking Trails. Nevada Falls Loop. Cathedral Peak, Matthes Crest, and a couple other peaks of the Cathedral Range visible downcanyon. I had cell reception here, so I checked in with my wife and told her Iâd reach Tuolumne Meadows this afternoon. This photo doesnât quite convey the immense scale. A peaceful section of trail on the easy few miles to Grace Meadow. trailhead not accessible in 2022, Bridalveil Creek Campground I continued on, but couldnât figure out what they were talking about, so I decided to suck it up and deal with the mosquitos in Pate Valley. The head of Stubblefield Canyon. I thought that tomorrow I would try and get across Russell Pass and camp in the Lyell Fork area, which Skurka explicitly recommends in the guide. Much to my surprise, the bug pressure was very light. Near the top of this initial climb I came across another hiker, John. I didnât think the terrain here was steep enough that your route choice really matters, so donât sweat it if you canât find the tree. If you look closely you can see Jose and Jordan descending. Harriet Lake and Foerster Peak. The Merced Lake Ranger Station, in a beautiful pine forest. Awesome views of Roosevelt Lake, the Cathedral Range, and even Half Dome from the top of Donât Be a Smart Pass. The following trailheads allow (and require) you to stay at the Little Yosemite Valley Campground on the first night of your trip: If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required). You can even see Banner Peak and Mount Ritter from this angle. Another view of the Lyell Fork (of the Tuolumne River, this time). First, look on a map of where you are planning to go and go over the list again. The view back up at Kuna Crest. Turn northeast (left) at the Indian Rock sign to begin climbing the trail. I wasnât sure if it was a moth or a hummingbird, but I got a few pictures of it. On May 3rd 2018, at approximately 2:00 pm Yosemite Dispatch received reports of a climber fall with injuries on the Nose route of El Capitan. Time for some giant rocks and big water in the bursting Spring run-off of Yosemite National Park. The first sunlight of the day on Mount Lyell. Being a jerk / offensive? Driving Directions: The Hite Cove trailhead is on highway 140, 8.5 miles (13.5 km) west of Yosemite's El Portal border (10.5 miles west of the ticket gate, which is a couple miles inside the park) and 21 miles (33 km) east of Mariposa. After reading both guides, I settled on the Yosemite High Route for a few reasons: I was concerned about three sections of the KCHBR in a high snow year: King Col, the Enchanted Gorge, and the crossing of the Middle Fork of the Kingâs River. More White Mountain Heather along McCabe Creek. Even Clouds Rest is visible at right. Anyways it looks like it's 8.9 miles from May Lake to Yosemite Valley, and then 13 miles back up to Sunrise Lakes. I wasnât sure exactly where this had happened, but believed it was somewhere in a ~200 meter stretch. Another waterfall, I canât recall the name of this one. Back on the trail again, with only one brief off-trail connection ahead, I was nearly finished! Of each daily quota for a trailhead, 60% can be reserved ahead of time, up to 24 weeks (168 days) in advance. This face of Mount Conness is famous for its technical rock climbing, including a 1,200â route directly up this face. The mapset is detailed in all the right places, but leaves room for adventure. We find the parking area just past Curry Village & hike the short, flat walk - or you can take a quick bus-ride - to the Mist Trailhead. Here, the route briefly intersects the Sierra High Route, which also crosses from Return Canyon to Spiller Canyon via Stanton Pass. One day, no doubt, your descendants will be the first to navigate the vast, icy reaches of deep space and return again. To camp in Pate Valley or in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne: White Wolf to Pate Valley. Phew, that was a long one! Yosemite issues permits for specific trailheads on specific days, rather than for individual campsites. With that in mind, Iâll focus on aspects that I think others will interesting: route details missing or lacking in the guide, my opinion of the route, and a good collection of informative and inspiring photographs. The route traverses several prominent sub-ranges of the Sierra Nevada, crosses 15 passes, passes by each of the 10 highest peaks in the park, and visits the parks only two glaciers, crossing one of them. The subtle trail junction in Kerrick Meadow. 1. Looking back up the talus field towards Foerster Pass. Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Looking down the descent chute into Crazy Mule Gulch. Spam? When I stopped for water at Lake 9774, I saw this creature flying around. Rafferty Creek was fine, but the scenery on some of the other options will be a bit better. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/cathedral-lake-trail The YHR has a few things going for it: the access is relatively easy (permits are competitive, but theyâre not that competitive), the weather is generally great, and the southern half of the route is quite enjoyable. All of the canyons traversed in this part of the YHR were carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. I didnât really question my decision to bail until a few days later. Electra Peak rising above an immense field of granite. The ascent was a little bit tricky, the guide instructions werenât super clear. This was the easy part. Looking across the basin at Mount Ansel Adams. Even though the majority of your trip will be within Yosemite National Park, get your permit from the land agency the trailhead is located in: typically from around November to May or early June. Near the end of 2017, Julie booked us two nights at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, for President’s Day Week.The hotel has been our mainstay on each of our prior winter trips with its central location. This system is designed to reduce impact and avoid overcrowding. They were locked, as were the outhouses at the backpackerâs camp. Parker Pass Creek with the Cathedral Range in the background and the sounds of Tioga Road just 200 feet to the north. All of this terrain carved by glaciers over numerous ice ages. After a bit of talus hopping, the slope steepened to a class 3 climb for the last 100 feet or so. Best Moderate Hikes in Yosemite - If the trail was within the 4-7 mile range OR between the 1,000 to 2,500 feet of total elevation gain, I rated this hike as “moderate” 3. trailhead accessible only via Four Mile Trail in 2022, Pohono Trail (Taft Point) Valley Loop Trail. Shepherd Crest and Mount Conness across Virginia Canyon. I had spent more time thrashing through brush and route finding through the forest than enjoying alpine terrain. Anyway, loved your report. Last year alone, a peak of 150,000 climbers visited Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park (/ j oʊ ˈ s ɛ m ɪ t i / yoh-SEM-it-ee) is an American national park in the western Sierra Nevada of Central California, bounded on the southeast by Sierra National Forest and on the northwest by Stanislaus National Forest.The park is managed by the National Park Service and covers an area of 748,436 acres (1,169 … So, what changed that lead me to go back and finish the route? Having hiked that section last year, I knew it was prone to accidents, especially during a snowy year like this. Looking up Stubblefield Canyon from the climb to Lake 9774. June 21, 2020; With Yosemite open for day-use access, climbers have been among the first visitors to return to the park. As I entered the forest again, I tried to avoid the avalanche chute marked on the map, but couldnât find any particularly easy route. Distance: 7.6 miles (12 km) round trip from the Lower Yosemite Falls trailhead; 9.4 miles (15 km) including Yosemite Point Elevation at trailhead: 3,967 feet (1,347 meters) Elevation at top of Yosemite Falls… Trailhead Quota System. Thousands of feet below, the Tuolumne lazilly oxbows through meadows. Even the Sugar Pine trees so common in Yosemite Valley began to appear, offering a reminder that I was approaching one of the great valleys of the Sierra Nevada. Quisque sapien velit, aliquet eget commodo nec, auctor a sapien. Lake 9774, âtextbook hanging valley.â. In this section, Iâll reflect on the route as a whole, highlight specific sections that I think deserve a bit more attention, and compare this route with other notable thru-hikes Iâve completed. trailhead not accessible in 2022, Mono Meadow Like the Wind River High Route, I wouldnât recommend this as your first multi-day backpacking trip, or off trail hike. Overlooking Matterhorn Canyon, with Matterhorn Pass, the leftmost low point. Westfall Meadow That said, itâs always easier climbing than descending on loose stuff like this. My excitement also faded again, as I exited the most beautiful section of the route thus far. There was a spot or two where you could probably scratch out a campsite just north of the lake outlet. Thankfully, this pass was a shorter climb than the previous three, which had all been almost 1,500' of ascent and descent. The trailhead information page has additional information, including quotas for each trailhead, parking information, and other details. Park at trailhead parking lot* Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking) 6. An awesome view of Ragged Peak above Conness Creek. It seemed likely that the south loop would be much more enjoyable. Four Mile Trail also closes for the winter. By this point, the south wall of the canyon rose more than 4,000â above me. As Skurka mentions in the guide, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne is one of the deepest canyons in the United States. Options listed below involve additional cross-country navigation. Many hours earlier, I had been directly on the other side of this mountain, admiring a different beautiful basin of rock and water. Matterhorn Pass from below. trailhead not accessible in 2022, McGurk Meadow This is the fourth high route for which he has published a thorough guide, the others being the King's Canyon High Basin Route, the Wind River High Route, and the Pfiffner Traverse. Fortunately, thatâs still backpacking season here in California. Overlooking Spillway Lake, with the peaks of the Mount Conness / Saddlebag Lake area in the background. Reviews. I would reach it just before nightfall, and figured there would be a campsite or two. The descent of Stanton Pass was also a bit tricky, it was quite ledgy and some vegetation made for a little bit of routefinding. One of my favourite flowers, White Mountain Heather. I considered a number of medium-distance trail hikes: the Tahoe Rim Trail, the Tahoe-Yosemite Trail, the Big SEKI Loop. Rock Island Lake from the pass. On October 6, 2019 at 15:23, Yosemite Dispatch received a 911 call from a party whose leader had taken a fall on Cathedral Peak in Tuolumne Meadows. Reviews. Here, I came across a couple of other hikers, also making their way up through the brush. A lovely stretch of trail on the long descent to the Merced. Awesome views above Roosevelt Lake. June 10, 2018; Accident Report; On July 30, 2017, at 1:59 pm, Yosemite dispatch was notified via a 911 call that a climber had fallen while on the first pitches of Matthes Crest. It provides a really different perspective on Half Dome. The Ten Lakes trailhead is for all destinations northbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek. With its ancient sequoia trees, the iconic Bridalveil Falls and majestic granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, there are so many wonders to enjoy. With these approach options, the route can be done as a point-to-point, or most conveniently as a figure-8 out of Tuolumne Meadows. As I donât have the free time to research a new 100+ mile off trail route, I needed something requiring relatively little planning, so I decided Iâd go with one of Skurkaâs routes. Glen Aulin, a âpeaceful pause in the tumble.â Below this point, the crowds thinned out quite a bit. A tarn en route to Sue Pass. First, the remarkably clear water of alpine lakes rarely touched by humans. The ridgeline, and summit of Mount Clark behind. I had done very well today, clearing the first off trail section and making it all the way to one of the âhighlightsâ of the north part of the route. But I was most excited by off-trail routes, like the Wind River High Route which I had hiked in 2018. The Cathedral Range comes back into view at the saddle above Soldier Lake. To camp your first night in the Glen Aulin backpackers' camp: Glen Aulin Trail, To pass through Glen Aulin and camp (on your first night) somewhere in the direction of Waterwheel Falls or Cold Canyon: Glen Aulin to Cold Canyon/Waterwheel (pass through). The Yosemite Falls Trail. Obelisk Lake again, with Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure behind. To visit the fallen … Looking down the route I ascended the pass. 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