- Aug 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm #3607055
Echo Creek canyon
En route to Matthes Lake
top of pass
Echo Lake and Echo Peaks
Cathedral Peak & “Pass”
Fairview DomeAug 21, 2019 at 7:00 pm #3607056Aug 21, 2019 at 7:35 pm #3607061Paul WagnerBPL Member
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
Nice. I think the worst mosquitoes I ever saw were at Reymann Lake one year. How were they on your trip?Aug 21, 2019 at 7:58 pm #3607064
Yeah, the mosquitoes were pretty bad. Not the worst I’ve experienced, but pretty darn close. Emigrant/Northern Yosemite holds that award. Despite the close to freezing temps in the morning, they were still around. I ended up packing up and heading up the ridge to have coffee.Aug 21, 2019 at 8:18 pm #3607066jscottBPL Member
@bookLocale: Northern California
Oh gosh, it’s been so long since I’ve been through this country it
makes me ache to see these pictures. Feel free to post more!
I’ve been through here a lot over the years, always going or coming. The thing about Yosemite, people think it’s crowded (you can escape the crowds) and not very elevated like the southern Sierra. But the scenery!!! One could make a case that the constant change of landscape and treescape from ‘low’ meadows to relatively high passes, north Yosemite through Ansel Adams wilderness and to the eastern boundary and beyond as well; that all of this more mixed country offers better scenery than the moonscape 10,000 to 13,000 feet country in the south that everyone so prizes (me too!).Aug 21, 2019 at 8:35 pm #3607067Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
NiceAug 22, 2019 at 12:16 am #3607090Gabe PBPL Member
Thanks for sharing!Aug 26, 2019 at 5:23 pm #3607663
Jeffrey, I love Yosemite. Especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive. I’m spoiled. People come from all over the world to visit the park and for me it’s just another weekend backpacking trip. Sure it’s busy, but there’s plenty of solitude if put a little thought and effort into it. I saw 8 people in 3 days. Not too bad for a summer weekend with perfect weather.
I want to take more trips farther south in the range, but there is so much to explore close to home. Again, I’m pretty lucky to have so many great backpacking destinations within a couple hours drive (e.g. Desolation, Tahoe NF, Emigrant, Hoover, Yosemite, Inyo, etc.)Aug 27, 2019 at 10:37 pm #3607831
Pass south of Elizabeth Lake
looking back, en route to Nelson Lake
Nelson LakeOct 20, 2019 at 1:59 am #3614765
Here’s one for ya.Oct 20, 2019 at 2:09 am #3614767
And another. Climbing Cathedral Peak, my friend Peter:Oct 20, 2019 at 4:44 am #3614787
Nice! Thanks for sharing.
Peter could be on the 1973 cover of Climbing magazine.Oct 20, 2019 at 4:23 pm #3614840Marty CochranBPL Member
@mcochran77Locale: Southern Oregon
It appears that you started your trip off trail (my preferred mode).
Is it easy to get a Yosemite backcountry permit if your start is cross country?Oct 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm #3615027
I actually started at a formal TH and the first 1.5 miles were on a mapped trail. After that, it was off trail through the Cathedral Range. The last couple of miles back were also on trail and I exited at a TH.
As for permitting, I think you need to start at an official TH since that’s how they control the quotas.Oct 21, 2019 at 5:43 pm #3615028Marty CochranBPL Member
@mcochran77Locale: Southern Oregon
Thanks for clarifying the permitting. It makes sense that the backcountry permit would require starting at a trailhead.
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