True? The view north to the Sierra Crest in Emigrant Wilderness from Keyes Peak Pass. Thousands of feet below, the Tuolumne lazilly oxbows through meadows. The snowfield atop the pass, from the side. I reviewed it carefully on Google Maps, found Jose’s pictures on Instagram, and found a few trip reports from this area. By this time, the stratus clouds that had covered the sky for a few hours were fading, leaving only some high cirrus clouds. From here you can see Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure on the right, as well as Matterhorn Peak on the left. A large snowfield atop Burro Pass. I chose the right (west) side. I would reach it just before nightfall, and figured there would be a campsite or two. That said, it’s always easier climbing than descending on loose stuff like this. I didn’t think this descent option was particularly difficult, just a little bit slow. This trail is also used for horseback riding, and hikers sometimes report that much if it smells like horse droppings. The trailhead is most easily accessed by taking the North Dome Trail for 2.7 miles from the Porcupine Creek Trailhead on Tioga Road. 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 … He was hiking the northern half of the Sierra High Route. With over 3.5 million yearly visitors from throughout the world, the iconic Yosemite National Park is known for some of the most beautiful hikes and landscapes in the United States. 1. The red rocks which give Red Peak its name. This meant some more easy walking and crossing paths with a bunch of people. Grace Meadow, at last. Tuolumne Conditions Report, June 2020. Limited public transportation is available to some trailheads, especially during summer. Not pictured, the horrendous mosquitos. Looking down Matterhorn Canyon from where I left the trail. The subtle trail junction in Kerrick Meadow. I hope you enjoyed this trip report and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me, my info is in the header at the top of this page. The initial climb from Adair Lake had some ribs and gullies that required navigation to get around, but after reaching the tarns, it was pretty straightforward. This isn’t Skurka’s first guide and it shows. They were locked, as were the outhouses at the backpacker’s camp. 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. Day 1-Elizabeth Lake Trailhead (Tuolumne Meadows Campground) to Nelson Lake (9,… The occasional breeze blowing up the creek offered some respite from the mosquitoes, which were absolutely horrendous in the marshes near the lakeshore. Sunrise over Falls Creek. Back on the trail again, with only one brief off-trail connection ahead, I was nearly finished! Pictures usually look worse than reality, but even so I thought this was pretty steep. With over 800 miles of trails in the National Park, it entices thousands of holiday-makers, amateur hikers and […] Both of these trailheads are open in late July, which itself is suspicious -- something I'm Wanting to stay in California meant it was down to the King’s Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR), or the Yosemite High Route (YHR). A lovely stretch of trail on the long descent to the Merced. Yes. November 4, 2019; Accident Report; SCENARIO. In the summer of 2019 I had a good amount of vacation saved up. The head of Stubblefield Canyon. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Use the free Yosemite Valley shuttle bus to get to trailheads. Continuing up south of Quartzite Peak, into the Clark Range. Sunset over Kuna Crest. Impressive relief in the open forest of Thompson Canyon. The view of Mount Ansel Adams directly across from Foerster Pass. It provides a really different perspective on Half Dome. The Yosemite High Route is the newest high route published by Andrew Skurka. They are intended for use with skis or snowshoes. These winter trails are not hiking trails. 10. I wondered if I would run into many other groups on this loop. Trailhead Quota System. 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. 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. I made camp along Return Creek near the junction with the next climb, ate dinner, washed my feet, and enjoyed the sunset. I keep thinking there should be an obvious trailhead. It was steep and loose, but went easily with some careful scrambling. I would later connect with Jose on Instagram, and see that they were probably the first pair to complete a full hike of the YHR. 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. Trail Report: Silver Lake to Scout Carson Lake Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere outside Yosemite National Park A brisk morning hike with the missus enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Yosemite, ascending up the Yosemite falls trail to the Columbia Rock viewpoint. One of my favourite flowers, White Mountain Heather. The view of Mount Ritter and Banner Peak from the tarn just north of Donohue Pass. Accident Report: Rappelling, Fifi Buttress On November 17, 2017, Yosemite Park Rangers were notified that the body of Niels Tietze… The core of the YHR is 94 miles from Grace Meadow, just southwest of Dorothy Lake near the northern boundary of the park to Quartzite Peak, a minor summit at the north end of the Clark Range. Yosemite has so much to see including the … The lowest pond on the climb to Harriet Lake, with Foerster Peak above. The bigger problem today was the consistently mediocre scenery. I didn’t think the terrain here was steep enough that your route choice really matters, so don’t sweat it if you can’t find the tree. Being a jerk / offensive? Luken Lake trailhead backpacking south to Yosemite Creek, is this possible? Because it was a summer weekend, I had to wait for the no-shows to be released at 11, but then I was able to get my first choice permit quite easily: Glen Aulin pass through. I had a hard time following the hints in the guide and found myself cliffed out, thrashing through brush, or skidding down sketchy steep slabs a number of times. Sure, I was disappointed that I had abandoned my pursuit of a goal, but I felt like I made a reasonable decision with the information available. Nevada Falls Loop. One of the many lightly forested lakes on the trail descending from Red Peak Pass. Time for some giant rocks and big water in the bursting Spring run-off of Yosemite National Park. Overlooking Adair Lake, Lemonade Pass is the notch on the left. On the other side, Skurka describes a class 4 slab downclimb, or an unverified loose class 3 chute. You’ll see granite cliffs thousands of feet tall, countless perfect-U-shaped canyons, and full 360-degree views of the domes and crags of the Cathedral Range. In the guide, Skurka calls this a “highlight” of the north loop. After a bit of talus hopping, the slope steepened to a class 3 climb for the last 100 feet or so. If you read this full report, you won’t be surprised to hear me say that the Yosemite High Route didn’t quite meet my expectations. Fields of Lupine just below the top of the climb towards Bear Valley. (pass-through), Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV), Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass-through), Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) I sipped some whiskey and tucked in to enjoy another night of stargazing from my cowboy camp. Yosemite National Park is planning to close Glacier Point Road for the entire 2021 season to rebuild the road and add parking at a key trailhead, according to a new plan developed by the park. Needs Adoption Near Yosemite Valley, California. trailhead accessible only via Four Mile Trail in 2022, Pohono Trail (Taft Point) I’m not convinced it’s possible to compete in scenery with the WRHR while staying within Yosemite National Park, but the southern loop of the YHR is a reasonable attempt. We chatted for a bit, relating experiences -- he called the SHR the “best hike he’d ever done,” but validated me with an “anything from Skurka must be pretty out there”; discussing the difficulties of off trail travel -- “you have to pay attention to every single step”; and he shared the harrowing story of aiding in the recovery of a body at Iceberg Lake near Mammoth. View from partway up Don’t Be a Smart Pass. There are so many great spots in this hike, but I just don't know if it's doable because I don't understand the ascent/descent of it all. As Skurka says in the guide, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne has as many waterfalls as sunny days. Trail Rehabilitation & Access Yosemite’s vast trail network covers hundreds of miles and leads up mountain slopes and along rivers, through forests and to waterfall spray zones. By this time, I was starting to realize that this wasn't as obscure of a trip as I had thought. It was a little loose and a little brushy, and ended with a contour over a pretty good stretch of talus. Stanton Pass was probably the most sustained section of talus on the entire north loop. Looking back across “clean slabs,” a lovely section of walking. trailhead not acccessible in 2022, Pohono Trail (Glacier Point) Near the bottom is this impressive example of lateral glacial moraine. This trip report covers a two-part section hike I undertook in the summer of 2019 of the Yosemite High Route, a 150-ish mile off-trail hiking route circling Yosemite National Park.As far as I’m aware this is the first detailed trip report … 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. Hiking Trails. From here, the route descends and curves left before climbing to the next pass, Tower Peak Pass. I reached Tuolumne mid-afternoon, hopped in the car and headed east, bound for Mammoth. Lake 10217 and the “austere basin of rock and water.” This area was remote, and very beautiful. Here, you cross from the drainage of the Merced River to the drainage of the Tuolumne River. Another view of the Lyell Fork (of the Tuolumne River, this time). Hikers who approach Grace Meadow from Sonora Pass would hike through this impressive terrain. Rather than try and contour, I dropped to the lakes for a rest, some water, and lunch. I looked up and saw a big, furry, black butt running away. Another shot of the peaks across Virginia Canyon. There was a spot or two where you could probably scratch out a campsite just north of the lake outlet. These section-hikes are: More compatible with family and work commitments; Loops, and therefore logistically simpler than point-to-point itineraries; and, Less physically difficult, due to… Looking down Spiller Canyon. Briefly, logistics are easier on the YHR, but the WRHR is more scenic. Spam? The ascent was a little bit tricky, the guide instructions weren’t super clear. I passed a few large groups on the trail ascending the pass. Talus, White Mountain Heather, and awesome views at Upper McCabe Lake. The remarkable Soldier Lake. In completion, it's a thorough tour of the park. A day trip lets you visit the park’s major attractions such as Half Dome, Tuolumne Grove, and El Capitan—and still make it back to the city in time for dinner. This is about an injury or accident Something else? Looking back up at the sharp and loose talus on the east side of Russell Pass. For the fullest experience, the Yosemite High Route is best completed as an end-to-end thru-hike. It was a bit odd to see such development deep in the wilderness. A deer wandering down the trail in Echo Valley. You can see clearly up Piute Creek, which you’ll cross again later, to the Sawtooth Ridge. Parking is free. While today was one monster climb and then a lot of traversing, tomorrow was going to be a more consistent climb-descend pattern. If the date you wish to start is listed, the trailhead is full for that day; if the date is missing, the trailhead is available for at least one person. The view back across Roosevelt Lake, with Don’t Be a Smart Pass in the background. I believe I’m one of the first 10 or so people to complete the full route in any style. An awesome view of Ragged Peak above Conness Creek. I’ll have quite a few more photos of this one, as it is pretty common. Looking up the chute towards Rock Island Lake Pass. The first 800’ or so to Keyes Peak Pass is a grind through the forest, then the forest opens up to a meadow. An out-and-back overnight would be 10.9 miles. The first 1,000’ up “slab ramp” were somewhat rough as the temperature had warmed up a bit beyond my comfort level. Regan Outdoors presents: Half Dome Cables! The only access to Glacier Point will be via the Four Mile, Panorama, and Pohono Trails, all of which are strenuous hikes. From this angle, just downstream, you get a slightly different view of the glacier, and a clear view of the typical climbing route up Mount Lyell. At this time, this online form is the best way to reach us with questions about your 2020 wilderness permit. If the … I took one tumble and cut my hand on the edge of a sharp rock. The best descent route that I found cut hard left until the slope eased about 100’ lower and then descended the snowfield of the glacier directly. Note that Yosemite Valley is at 3900 ft elevation, and the top rim of the valley is around 7000. As I was packing up, Jordan and Jose walked by. In today's 26 miles, I had climbed and descended a total of 17,000 feet of elevation, including more than 10,000 feet climbed. It seemed likely that the south loop would be much more enjoyable. The Lower Yosemite Falls hike is a must-do, chill hike for families and solo adventurers alike. The initial climb out of Stubblefield Canyon toward lake 9774 (“textbook hanging valley”) was much looser than advertised. Here’s the southern terminus of the YHR, along the Merced River just upstream from the small aspen grove. Sunny warm morning, around 46°F. An improved version of the trailhead report is now available on Yosemite Conservancy's website. The JMT follows the Tuolumne all the way up Lyell Canyon. With the exception of a couple of spots, I was not particularly enjoying this route. 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. After another hour or so, I reached the road again, crossed it, and walked back to my car. The incredible view from Stanton Pass, the best of the route so far. White Mountain Heather on the way up Tower Peak Pass. So, I decided on the Yosemite High Route. Mirror Lake to Snow Creek. In this section, I’ll 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 I’ve completed. To camp in Pate Valley or in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne: White Wolf to Pate Valley. From this vantage point, the glacier was about 1,000’ above me, but its size (at least by the standards of the Sierra), and especially its thickness, are evident even from far away. The Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River along the JMT. There were fewer miles down low in the forest, no long approaches, and most of the hiking was in the high mountains of the Cathedral and Clark Ranges. By now, most of the summer tourists had gone home, so the park was a bit quieter. Another great view of the Merced-Tuolumne divide from the saddle directly east of Mount Clark. Don’t let time constraints keep you from making the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. If you still haven't found your trailhead name, the following information should help you. 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. Some classic Yosemite views in a meadow near Emeric Lake. Like previously, I got up very early this morning and headed up to Tuolumne. Mount Conness above a meadow, with some lovely lighting. Trying to “follow fall line through firs” proved more difficult than expected. 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). The full Cathedral Range comes into view again near the top of Sue Pass. Don’t worry, it’s only the top 400’, and with a little care and some hands-and-feet, it goes. Hiking trails in Yosemite National Park. Camp 4 parking area is only for people with permits. Here are Mount Ritter and Banner Peak framed by pines. But I was most excited by off-trail routes, like the Wind River High Route which I had hiked in 2018. Framed that way, the Yosemite High Route offers a remarkable tour. Tilden Lake. Hirsch certainly has in The Nature of Yosemite. Below Rodgers Canyon, where Register Creek joins the Tuolumne, bear scat began to appear on the trail, with increasing frequency and freshness. I had moved a bit too slowly over the 10,000’+ feet of climbing. I started today crossing Return Creek and beginning up the 1,000’ climb to McCabe Creek. I was very surprised to come across this, as I thought the sheep’s habitat was much farther south, in fact I’ve seen sheep before, 200 miles south on Mount Langley. I’m beginning my hike outside Yosemite, but will end my hike in Yosemite. Another shot of the photogenic double falls. 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