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I planned to approach the northern terminus from Tuolumne Meadows via the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, and return from the southern terminus via either Cathedral Pass, Echo Creek, or Rafferty Creek, a decision I planned to make later in my trip. But, the YHR has a lot going for it as well, the logistics are much easier, the season much longer, the exposure is less, the conditions generally more favourable, and there are better opportunities for link-ups and extensions. And while these glaciers once blanketed the Sierra from the peaks of the Cathedral Range, the Clark Range, and the Lyell Group to valley floors in Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy Valleys, only a small trace of these glaciers still exist, and not for much longer. It indicated the location of a survey marker. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Yosemite has so much to see including the … You can also see signs everywhere of this glaciers retreat. United States - Reno-Yosemite Trip Report - Short solo trip from Reno to Yosemite in Mid-May. Framed that way, the Yosemite High Route offers a remarkable tour. As thunder rattled overheard, I didn’t even consider heading east towards Parker Pass Creek, I got in my car and turned west, towards home. The first sunlight of the day on Mount Lyell. At top of Kuna Crest, I noticed this wildlife camera. Last year alone, a peak of 150,000 climbers visited Yosemite National Park. Lemonade Pass from the north. He was also out to hike the YHR. Nevada Falls Loop. The forested hump in the foreground is Quartzite Peak. The initial climb out of Stubblefield Canyon toward lake 9774 (“textbook hanging valley”) was much looser than advertised. Trailhead Quota System. It was mostly in the forest, requiring a little bit of route finding. We started in Tuolumne Meadows, staying at Nelson Lake the first night and Lower Cathedral Lake the second night. Once I got a bit higher, the flowers came in again. But, life happened for a little while, and due to a variety of circumstances I couldn’t get back to the park for some solo hiking until late September. From Sue Pass, there’s a great view of the High Sierra to the south. By now, most of the summer tourists had gone home, so the park was a bit quieter. 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. I saw some things floating in Roosevelt Lake, and then noticed these rocks. From this perspective, it’s clear that yesterday’s hike really only traversed about half of the Clark Range. Luken Lake trailhead backpacking south to Yosemite Creek, is this possible? Overlooking Adair Lake, Lemonade Pass is the notch on the left. On the shore at left, you can see the tent of a group taking advantage of the “grand, but exposed camping.”. Mount Conness above a meadow, with some lovely lighting. I made camp along Return Creek near the junction with the next climb, ate dinner, washed my feet, and enjoyed the sunset. Being a jerk / offensive? The climb to Quartzite Peak was tough. The guidebook wasn’t quite finished when I used it, so I don’t know what the official first version will hold, but it was only really helpful in a couple of places, and left a lot  of interesting history and science out, in my opinion. The bottom of the Tilden Creek Canyon was mostly forested, so there wasn’t too much to see down there. Last views of the Cathedral Range before reentering the forest. One last view of Mount Maclure and the Maclure glacier. ... Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall on the continent. Hiking Trails. 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. And through a forest. Phew, that was a long one! This canyon contained much less vegetation, so its U-shape was much more obvious. The incredible view from Stanton Pass, the best of the route so far. After finding the outlet creek, I made my way up to the lowest Young Lake and picked up the trail. We commiserated a bit more, they had some trouble with the talus field in Stubblefield Canyon as well, and were having a tough time with the ledges below Shelf Pass. Shepherd Crest and Mount Conness across Virginia Canyon. 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. The ascent was a little bit tricky, the guide instructions weren’t super clear. 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. The imposing cliff face above “clean slabs.”. I hit the trail just after 11, hiking towards the Tuolumne Meadows store, across the road, across the meadows, and into the woods. The photos tell the story, most of today's scenery was floral, with the occasional high country vista. Descending to the Lyell Fork. You should know the name of this flower by now. Location: Yosemite National Park Trailhead: Tuolumne Meadows, elevation 8,565 feet Highest point on the trail to the lower lake: 9,565 feet Lower Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,288 feet Upper Cathedral Lake elevation: 9,685 feet Elevation Gain: lower lake 1,000 feet, upper lake 1,120 feet Hiking Distance: lower lake 3.5 miles, Another view of Obelisk Lake from the slabs above. Passes always look most difficult from below, but this one looked especially steep. It looked like this guy had expired sometime recently, maybe this summer. As I was packing up, Jordan and Jose walked by. Thanks for all of the info! The climb was a little bit tricky, with a few loose sections, but fortunately that part wasn’t too far. These rocks used to sit at the edge of a glacier. Note the dark rock underfoot here, it was a bit more crumbly than the granite all around. Mirror Lake to Snow Creek. Obelisk Lake again, with Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure behind. The northernmost section of the YHR crosses these same creeks near their headwaters, and also has a very washboard character to it. I pushed on until Triple Peak Fork, where I made camp under fading light. Sluggo Pass is the low point on the ridge ahead. The view back across Virginia Canyon when the forest opened up. The trail climbs steeply for .3 miles to a high point on Indian Ridge where Indian Arch sits. I lost it crossing a meadow in the valley, but quickly regained it on the other side. Naturally, I threw a small rock into the lake’s center, just to be sure. More White Mountain Heather, under moody skies. 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. Skurka doesn’t mention it in the guide, but Russell Pass (like Tuolumne or Cathedral Pass) is an important hydrological divide. It was a little loose and a little brushy, and ended with a contour over a pretty good stretch of talus. This increase … Overlooking the first pond, and the south half of the Clark Range. Footage includes Vernal Falls, climbing the … The approach, passing over slabs through a healthy lodgepole forest, is enhanced by the well-established access trail. I didn’t really question my decision to bail until a few days later. So, what changed that lead me to go back and finish the route? I didn’t take a close look, but it looked like there was plenty of good camping at this lake. By this morning, I had decided that I probably wasn’t going to start the south loop of the YHR. After crossing Maclure Creek at the outlet of Maclure Lake, I was very surprised to see this bright orange arrow. 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. Hikers who approach Grace Meadow from Sonora Pass would hike through this impressive terrain. Yosemite National Park has a trailhead quota system limiting the number of people entering a particular trailhead on a given day. There was a spot or two where you could probably scratch out a campsite just north of the lake outlet. Parking is not available at Happy Isles, Mirror Lake, or Yosemite Falls trailheads. And here is the Cathedral Range, as promised. The creek was easy to cross, I didn’t even get my feet wet. It's an easy trail to spot when you're far enough away, which only makes it more maddening. Looking directly down the class 4 downclimb. As far as I’m aware this is the first detailed trip report covering this newly publicized route. 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