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Hiking From Tioga Road to Lukens Lake and White Wolf

They say that the wildflower show around Lukens Lake can be pretty darn nice in early summer. I might have been a bit early but it is hard to imagine a more dramatic display of Shooting Stars in the meadows and along the waterways. Plenty other colorful wildflowers were doing their part to create a beautiful wildflower adventure. Where: Yosemite ...

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Tioga Road To The Ella Bloss, Golden Crown Mining Cabins And Claims

Hiking up Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail, up a trail full of history, up along beautiful mountains still streaked with snow, up to old mining cabins and claims. Almost 150 years have passed since these cabins and mines were built but they are still standing . . . sort of. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 9.07 Miles (About 7.4 Miles without wandering)Difficulty: ...

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Hiking With Fannie to Chilkoot Lake

Just a short hike up to a pretty lake with Fannie the Corgi. We made this hike when the very rare plant named Shuteye Peak faun lily was blooming. Although almost a month has gone by since we did this hike, it will still be a nice, short hike but watch for rattlesnakes and bring your bug spray! Oh, and ...

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Hiking Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail Beyond Spillway Lake

Yosemite’s Mono Pass Trail is a magical trail, leading the way to snowy peaks and colorful red mountains framing high lakes. Those lakes were still sporting a bit of ice when I hit that historic trail. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 11.04 MilesDifficulty: Moderate to StrenuousElevation Range: 9,596′ – 10,972′Elevation Gain: 1,605′Date: June 9, 2022Map: CALTOPO: Hiking to Helen and Spillway LakesDog ...

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Hiking Gaylor Lake Basin To The Old Mining Town Of Dana

I love checking out the Gaylor Lakes Basin as soon as Tioga Road reopens for the season. Will the lakes still be iced over? Will those lakes hold beautiful reflections? Will I see pika? Yes, yes and yes! Where: Yosemite National Park and a smidge over into Inyo National ForestDistance: 6.17 MilesDifficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 9,943′ – 10,817′Elevation Gain: 1,356′Date: June ...

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Hiking Through Mariposa Grove Up To Wawona Point

Hiking beside really old, tall trees that have tiny cones is always special and a bit of Galen Clark’s cabin history along the way made it even better. It had been a while since I had hiked in Mariposa Grove and I got an early start to beat the crowd. And you probably should be careful when you tell me ...

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Looped Hike Up to Vernal and Nevada Falls

They say that the Mist Trail’s steep granite stairway has over 600 steps but I wasn’t counting because Vernal Fall’s beauty fully captured my attention as I climbed them. Up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir Trail. In between, I could feel the power of 2 huge waterfalls, their spray on my face and the roar of a ...

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Hiking to Alder Creek Falls

A little early for wildflowers and plenty of down trees were across this historic trail but my hike was rewarded with a lovely waterfall, pretty views along the way and a good workout. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 12.12 MilesDifficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 4,037′ – 5,841′Elevation Gain: 2,252′Date: April 20, 2022CALTOPO: Alder Creek Falls HikeDog Hike? No I headed to Wawona through ...

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