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Hiking up to Spillway and Helen Lakes

How much snow and ice would we find at the 11,000′ elevation above the Mono Pass Trail in August? It was the right time to get up there and check it out. It took us 5 hours and 44 minutes to do this hike but you can follow along on the hike with me on the Doarama link under Maps ...

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Hiking Bridalveil Creek Area with Wildflowers

Red, pink, white, orange, purple, tall and short flowers are all putting on a tremendous show right now in the meadows off of Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park. If you want to see an explosion of wildflower colors, get there now! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 13.46 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 6,959′ – 7,622′ Date: ...

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Tour The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway’s Secret Vistas

SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST — Everyone is invited to join in a tour of the best kept secret vistas of the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway. Participants will meet on Saturday, July 29, at 9 a.m. at The Pines parking lot at Bass Lake and carpool up to the Jackass Lake trail head. Retired USFS back country ranger Michael Olwyler will lead ...

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Hiking up to Jackass and Burro Lakes

We headed cross country up to beautiful little lake, still partially covered with snow and ice, named Burro Lake. Along the way, our route took us by a creek with wildflowers of every color and incredible reflections in high lakes bordered by granite mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness Distance: 9.57 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: ...

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Escape with Sally to Lundy Canyon

Dramatic high peaks, streaked with colors of red, white and brown and still capped with snow frame Lundy Canyon. Mill Creek was high and really moving, lined with aspens that lulled me to sleep as the wind moved through them. It was a perfect place for Sally and I to kick back and relax . . and maybe catch a ...

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Snowshoeing up to Gaylor, Granite Lakes and Dana City in July!

Snowshoeing in the Tioga Pass area in July? Yes indeed! How else could we travel across the solid snowfields full of suncups to some beautiful lakes and the old mining town of Dana City? Where: Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest Distance: 5.3 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 9,945′ – 11,025′ Date: July 5, 2017 Map: Falls Ridge Quad Dog Hike? ...

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Hiking From Chiquito Trailhead to Chain Lakes

The trail was tricky. Much of it was covered with snow up to 5 foot drifts and we sloshed through stretches that were covered in water. The creeks were high but our persistence rewarded us with a lake that was still partially iced over and bordered by snowy mountains. Where: Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park Distance: ...

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Tioga Road Opens and I am There!

When Yosemite National Park announced that Tioga Road (continuation of Highway 120 through the park) was to open on Thursday, June 29, at 8 am, you know I had to be there. We were at the spot on Tioga Road where the gate had been closed for the winter by 0741 and it was already opened! There were several signs ...

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Busy Weekend In Yosemite, Fireworks Strictly Prohibited

YOSEMITE — To ensure the best experience during this holiday weekend in Yosemite, park officials encourage visitors to plan ahead. Yosemite National Park anticipates a very busy 4th of July weekend, with very high visitation, especially from Thursday, June 29, until Wednesday, July 5. Visitors are encouraged to arrive at Yosemite before 9 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Once in ...

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Hiking to Ostrander Lake

Picture escaping the heat to icy Ostrander Lake, bordered by a snowy, rocky ledge. That is exactly what we did in the middle of June, watching the last of the winter ice melt away, creating beautiful reflections. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 12.56 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,998′ – 8,613′ Date: June 20, 2017 Maps: El Capitan, ...

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