Over Red Peak pass to Glacier point then valley
Trip Start Feb 19, 2010
257Trip End Jan 31, 2012
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camping in Yosemite NP back country
Clouds have decided to roll in again and after the Grand Teton hike was just hoping that it wouldnt snow since I dont think I would have much luck following the trail back out. would either have to wait for the snow to melt if it was light or follow the river back to more clear and well trodden trails.
Continued on to the interesection which was just over an hour away. A couple of dry streams but the final one I crossed had water. Guess there must of been a lot of snow melt given the water. The availablity of water was definately something I was keeping in mind since there were no fixed campsites and so no guarantee that a stream would have water. Basically kept my 1 litre water bottle full and if I passed a new stream of water without having seen any water for a couple of hours, drank the water and refilled the water bottle. Wanted to make sure that I had at least 2-3 litres to drink and a litre for cooking
At the intersection decided to take a small side trip up the trail to iceberg pass since the trailed continued uphill and gave some views of the nearby mountains after I scrambled up the nearby hill. Headed back to the intersection then a couple of miles more to reach the intersection with the lower path option I had opted out of. Lots of water in the creek and the trail was more defined for a while before becoming faint again.
Made my way up the next 6 miles of track with some nice views of the mountains and the valley with the river. Unfortunately all the cloud didnt help the views nor the lack of sun the photos. Place with all the small lakes (formed by glaciers) reminds me a bit of Jerusalem NP in Tasmania.
A mile or so from the pass the trail got steeper and a lot rougher. felt more like boulder hopping then walkings. Saw some people coming over the trail from the other direction so I knew that at least some people were still hiking the trail even though there was no were near the amount of traffic (which is part of the reason for choosing the hike) as i would of experienced in the Cathedral mountain range.
Top of the pass was covered in cloud when I got up there and so sat around a bit waiting for breaks in the cloud so I could see the views and take some views. Upon heading down the other side of the pass it certainly was a lot more developed. Lots of stairs and trail work seems to have been done here.
Only walked another 30 minutes down to the small lake and creek below the pass where there was a small meadow that I could set up camp. After doing that wander around the rocks above the lake.
After all the clouds the day before its a beautiful day with no clouds in site. Continued down the trail towards Merced river today and passed a crew of people working on the trail breaking rocks and making stairs. Headed first down to the lake which had some nice views and would be a nice place to camp.
Reached an intersection at the Merced river and decided to do another 2.5 mile round trip detour up to the top of Merced pass. Unfortunately at the top of the pass could see much due to the trees and so I wander of the hill to the left. Ended up making my way out of the trees and to a cliff edge where I could see some nice views of the valley I had just hike through as well as the cliff face.
Definately a good place to spend an extra day and go exploring along the cliff edge to view the vallies I had just been in as well as the valleies near it. Think the part has a lot of nice areas that are all interconnected with trails
After taking in the views for a bit headed back to the river and followed the trail down river. A few nice views along the way of the forest whose trees kept changing depending on the location and elevation though not a lot of river views. Also not a lot of water in the river.
Getting near the end of the days walk had a guy who was working on the trail pass mme and then start chatting with me. Seems that he was heading out for the weekend and that he and his crew worked at udgrading the trail with money donated to the park. Definately think it would be a nice way to spend a few months camping out in woods and working on the trail.
Mentioned that the pass I had gone over had not been cleared of snow until late July. Gues they did have a lot of snow this year. If I did the park again I think I would like to do it in Autum when I could see the snow melt running through the rivers and over the falls.
Also talked about the black bears and how smart they are
Ended up camping as close as I could to Glacier point withount entering the no camp zone. Even managed to find a site with a fire ring and some dead wood around so had a fire that night. Campsite was a nice site above the river.
Heading out to Yosemite Valley via Glacier point. Had some nice views of Half dome and the valley on the way up to the point at at the point. Could also see cloud rest mountain behind the dome and sort of wish I had taken a side trip out to it given what some people on the trail had said. Think the view down into the valley would probably be better than half domes.
Spent some time at the point and thankfully made it there before all the tour buses arrived. Though still a lot of people. Next headed down the trail to the valley floor along the 4 mile track. Really nice views all the way down to the valley floor though it would be a steep walk up . Could even see yosemite falls rock face supports a really tall. Didnt recognise the falls at first since there was no water running over them and I was expecting somthing that looked a bit different. Only recognised them due to the water stains I could see on the rock as I got closer to the falls and valley floor.