Sep 13, 2011 at 9:34 pm #1279329
I started a thread here asking for ideas of where to go, so I thought I ought to post a trip report.
After waiting to see if the streams would settle down and the bugs too I hit it just right over an extended Labor Day weekend. I went in and out of Mono Meadow trailhead on the Glacier Point road in Yosemite, Sept 2 to 6, covering 60 miles. About twelve miles a day, which is just right for me, though I did extra the fourth day and had a short day coming out.
Heading up the valley on the first day.
Lower Ottaway Lake
Looking back at switchbacks up to Red Peak Pass
Red Peak from the pass
Magnificent meadow going toward Post Peak Pass
Out of Yosemite and into Ansel Adams Wilderness
Final stretch going up to Fernandez Pass
Uh, purple flowers (name?)
Last stream before trailhead and out
The weather was great–just a touch of rain on two afternoons. I slept out under the stars every night, as I usually do. I'm not even very good at setting up my silnylon tarp!
Saw a few people each day. Not too many, but enough for a bit of human contact.
I highly recommend this trip! And again, thank you for the suggestions of where to go next. I'm making a note for future trips.Sep 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm #1779553
thanks for your beautiful pictures! I had a good view on Clark Range when crossing Blue Lake Pass during my SHR hike. It looked like a very nice destination from there, thus it is really cool to see a recent trip report for that place.
HannesSep 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm #1779561
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Great pictures Doug!!!! Gotta love ME time.Sep 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm #1779649
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Great shots, makes me want to hit that area of Yosemite!Sep 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #1779849
Thanks for the comments! To add a bit more detail…
I had to get wet when crossing three streams. I took off my trail runners and socks and then put my shoes back on without the socks, then hiked that way for an hour or two before adding the socks back in. Most stream crossings had stepping stones or logs across them though.
I ordered a headnet just before I left, having read about Peter's Headnets here on BPL. Of course I knew it wouldn't arrive before I left. The first night I draped a loose piece of white bug netting over my head and read my paperback through it with a headlamp. Not great visibility!
The next night I gave in and used deet after dinner. The following night I went ahead and used deet before I ate, though I hate how oily and dirty it gets my hands. But it worked.
I saw uncountable little squirrels that look like chipmunks, three marmots, one of which hung out on its boulder while we checked each other out for a while, four deer one morning on the trail who took off upslope, two of what I think were eagles (at different times), one carrying something in its talons (breakfast?), and one big black bear…scat.Sep 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm #1783426
@bruckyLocale: Central Cal
"Uh, purple flowers (name?)"
I do believe those purple flowers are lupinOct 2, 2011 at 8:32 am #1785762
I really ought to learn a few flowers, trees, and bushy things!Oct 2, 2011 at 11:05 am #1785796
@150mphLocale: Los Angeles
Did the Clarks a while back. I remember Fernandez Pass was tough. Thanks for posting.
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