High Sierra

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July 2012

 

High Sierra

High Sierra ~ A day walking 20 Lakes Basin, (see report). and then a few days walking Yosemite's High Sierra Camps, a set of luxury camps with tent & great food for hungry walkers (see my 2009 how-to report). Over the years I have walked most of this scenic route, but this time my plan faltered. The walk began that first day at Glacier Point for a finish at Merced Lake, and then continue beyond the next few days. The 15 mile walk in over the majestic Panoramic Trail past the Little Yosemite Valley campground and to Merced Lake turned out to be a walk too far. At mile 11 I opted for an unscheduled overnight, returning 3 miles (200' loss) to LYV rather than completing the 4 miles (1000' gain) to Merced Lake. Telling my story to the Ranger at LYV I was loaned a sleeping bag for the night. A wise decision.

Pictures left-to-right, top-down: (1) Yosemite's Liberty Cap, (2) 20 Lakes Basin, (3) Seep-Spring Monkey Flower at Helen Lake, (4) Wild Onion at Hummingbird Lake.