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2012 Summer is for Hiking

Summer is for Hiking: 4-Mile Trail from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, September 22, 2012.

The day before my Dad’s birthday and the day of the Autumnal Equinox did the 4-Mile trail from Glacier Point. This is so one could walk down rather than up! The trail meanders downwards with switchbacks so that one is always facing the valley. My only regret is that it was so late in the season and Yosemite Falls had dried up – would like to try again when the falls are in full force. But that regret is only a minor one – the trail is filled with gorgeous vistas.

Arranged car shuttles for trip back up to Glacier Point after reaching the valley floor. Arrived back at Glacier Point just in time to capture the sunset’s light on Half Dome and a little bit later the moon over the pines.

4 Mile Trail, Yosemite National park, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

4 Mile Trail, Yosemite National park, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Trail sign for 4-Mile Trail

Trail sign for 4-Mile Trail

Information and old-time photo of the trail (from the valley)

Information and old-time photo of the trail (from the valley)

View of Valley floor from 4-Mile trail, Sept. 22, 2012 Photo by kathryn Arnold.

View of Valley floor from 4-Mile trail, Sept. 22, 2012 Photo by kathryn Arnold.

View from 4-Mile Trail of the Valley, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

View from 4-Mile Trail of the Valley, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

Yosemite Falls would be here, Sept. 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Yosemite Falls would be here, Sept. 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Halfdome at sunset, Glacier Point. Sept 22, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Halfdome at sunset, Glacier Point. Sept 22, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Moon at Glacier Point, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

Moon at Glacier Point, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold


Summer is for Hiking: Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite National Park, September 8, 2012 (Tuolumne Meadows area)

A week after Glen Aulin visited the Cathedral Lakes during September 2012. This trail is in the Tuolumne area of Yosemite. Lovely to have had nice-looking clouds in the sky to mirror in the water. A very beautiful effect happens as the wind travels upon the water creating rich ripples into that sky mirror (the water) and I have posted just one or two of the photos which hold that effect. Many stop at the nearest bank to have lunch/snacks but if you walk around the lake you will get a magnificent view of Tenaya Lake. The trail can go either way around the lake – the photos included here are lined up as going around the Lower Lake to the right and then wrapping along the left bank on return. Discovered a marmot who posed for multiple photos before heading along to the upper lake. The upper lake is surrounded by solid rock and interspersion of trees. A cluster of tents indicating campers were along the far side of the upper lake. A thunderstorm began while there so scurried back down to get below the tree line. I have pasted some information below describing location and altitude of the area. The hike itself has a few climbs but overall not bad at all.

“The Cathedral Lakes are two lakes located In Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California. The lakes are situated 1.6 km (1 mi) southwest of Cathedral Peak and 3.2 km (2 mi) east-northeast of Tenaya Lake. The lower lake is located at elevation 9,288 feet (2,831 m), while the upper lake is located at elevation 9,585 feet (2,922 m). The John Muir Trail is nearby, with a 7 miles (11 km) round trip hike of from the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_Lakes

The trail to Cathedral Lake is part of the John Muir Trail,
http://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/cathedral-lakes/cathedral-lakes.htm

View of Cathedral Peak from lower Cathedral Lake on September 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Cathedral Peak from lower Cathedral Lake on September 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Trail sign to Cathedral lakes on Sept 8, 2012

Lower Lake from a distance, photo by kathryn arnold

Lower Lake from a distance, photo by kathryn arnold

Approaching Lower Cathedral lake on Sept 8 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Approaching Lower Cathedral lake on Sept 8 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake to the right, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake to the right, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Tenaya Lake from Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

View of Tenaya Lake from Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake returning along the left bank , ripples in the water. Photo by kathryn arnold

Walk around the lake returning along the left bank , ripples in the water. Photo by kathryn arnold

Marmot at Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Marmot at Cathedral Lake on Sept 8, 2012, photo by kathryn arnold

Along the way to Upper Cathedral Lake, sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Along the way to Upper Cathedral Lake, sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

View of Upper Cathedral Lake, Sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

View of Upper Cathedral Lake, Sept 8, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold


Summer is for Hiking: Glen Aulin Trail, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite Natl. Park, Ca. September 1, 2012

September 1, 2012 over Labor Day Weekend an impulsive but beautiful hiking choice. I should have had my hiking shoes this time as the trail has vertical cobblestones as one nears the falls. For some reason the hiking book in use had a distance of around 2 miles (a glaring typo) but by the time 2 miles was reached, definitely did not want to turn back. The hike to and from Toulomne Falls is more like 5 miles one way or more, depending on where you begin so 10-12 miles total. This hike has nearly everything you would wish for from cascades to the Tuolumne Falls and connectors to high mountain lakes (such as McGee Lake and more) and the High Sierra Camps. The trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail and the mountains one walks alongside are 8000 plus feet high. Went to McGee Lake and High Sierra Camp Glen Aulin all in one day – a long hike! The trail is not clearly marked for the return along the huge slabs of rocks – noted many off the trail including myself. The trail runs along the boundary of the rock slabs and the forest (up) on the return.

Tuolumne River alongside Glen Aulin Trail,photo by Kathryn Arnold

Tuolumne River alongside Glen Aulin Trail photo by Kathryn Arnold

sign marking Yosemite Wilderness, photo by Kathryn Arnold

sign marking Yosemite Wilderness photo by Kathryn Arnold

This is just one of the  vistas.photo by Kathryn Arnold

This is just one of the vistas. photo by Kathryn Arnold

Sheets of Solid Rock. The day of the hike someone was running the entire trail and up and down the mountainsides of rocks  - seemed like a Greek god. photo by Kathryn Arnold

Sheets of Solid Rock. The day of the hike someone was running the entire trail and up and down the mountainsides of rocks – seemed like a Greek god. photo by Kathryn Arnold

Tuolumne River along the trail a ways further, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Tuolumne River along the trail a ways further, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Saw two sets of falls, this is Tuolumne Falls, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Saw two sets of falls, this is Tuolumne Falls, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Sign to the mountain Lakes. Went to McGee Lake. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Sign to the mountain Lakes. Went to McGee Lake. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

McGee Lake, Glen Aulin Trail, photo by Kathryn Arnold

McGee Lake, Glen Aulin Trail, photo by Kathryn Arnold

Sign to return, photo by kathryn Arnold

Sign to return, photo by kathryn Arnold

Better view of map, photo by kathryn arnold

Better view of map, photo by kathryn arnold

On return around 8 PM, walked between a herd of deer, glen aulin trail, photo by kathryn arnold

On return around 8 PM, walked between a herd of deer, glen aulin trail, photo by kathryn arnold


Summer Is For Hiking: Florence Lake, August 18 2012

On August 18 2012 drove to Florence Lake in the Sierra Nevada near Shaver Lake area, John Muir Wilderness, California. However there was a storm coming in with large amounts of lightning. I caught part of the storm as she was coming in but did not have time to hike around the lake before the storm drew close. This will happen on another visit. Here are views of the lake and surrounding mountains. It is very scenic and quiet; the road to get there at times allows only one vehicle. It appears the lake will be drained for one year http://www.florence-lake.com/

Florence Lake Aug 18, 2012 photo by Kathryn Arnold

Florence Lake Aug 18, 2012 photo by Kathryn Arnold

Storm Coming In, Florence Lake, August 18, 2012 photo by Kathryn Arnold

Storm Coming In, Florence Lake, August 18, 2012 photo by Kathryn Arnold

Storm Coming In, Florence Lake, August 18, 2012 photo by Kathryn Arnold

Storm Coming In, Florence Lake, August 18, 2012photo by Kathryn Arnold

Traveling Storm Across Florence Lake, Sierra Nevada near Shaver

Traveling Storm Across Florence Lake, Sierra Nevada near Shaver lake, California


Summer is for Hiking: Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july 21

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

On July 21 of 2012 explored the Redwood Canyon Grove Trail. This is one of the largest groves of sequoias in existence and on this trail, one can view many of them. The trail is serene and quiet even in July. Another temperature win – in the central valley the temperature in the 100s on this particular day and here it was possibly 80 or less. The trail itself takes you through differing environments, from meadows to vistas, fern-laden areas with extremely large plants, and the wildflowers tremendous. It was hard to believe it was the dry part of summer. Green, moist and colorful surrounded by forest with the subtle mountain stream. The hike itself is not difficult and there are many segments to travel on.

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, the creek,  Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, the creek Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Creek,  Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Creek, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Wildflowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Wildflowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, boulders, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, boulders, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, View, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, View, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Meadow, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Ferns and Flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Ferns and Flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, fallen tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, fallen tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, flowers, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, trees, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, trees, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold

 Redwood Canyon Grove, Giant Tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21  kathryn arnold

Redwood Canyon Grove, Giant Tree, Kings Canyon National Park, 2012 july21 kathryn arnold


Summer is for Hiking: Weaver Lake, near border of King’s Canyon National Park, Ca. July 5, 2012

This is a great day hike, the trail well-marked and the lake has multiple spaces for overnight camping. It was amazing the temperature change at the height of Weaver Lake – the air was crispy cool on a day that it was over 100 in the valley. One could also do an overnight loop and include Jennie Lakes as well (my next time project) . Weaver Lake is a secluded quiet alpine lake at the base of Shell Mountain. (a website which gives the overnight loop info and directions to arrive at the trailhead: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/jennie-and-weaver-lakes-loop/)

Trailmarker to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California

Trail marker to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California, Kathryn Arnold, July 5th, 2012

The trail is a bit difficult to see from the parking area but it is lined with rocks.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Everything is still very green and many wildflowers at the beginning of July.

Water on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Water on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Wildflowers on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

View on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Forest on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Forest on way to Weaver’s Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

 Greeting to Jennie Lakes Wilderness on way to Weaver's Lake, King's Canyon National Park, California. Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Greeting to Jennie Lakes Wilderness Kathryn Arnold. July 5, 2012.

Weaver Lake Sign on way to Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake Sign on way to Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Simply lovely.

Trailmarker, Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Trailmarker, Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies on return from Weaver Lake, King's Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies on return from Weaver Lake, King’s Canyon National Park, Kathryn Arnold, July 5, 2012

Butterflies hovering and grouping near watery areas – must have been at least 100.


Summer is for Hiking: Nelder Grove sequoias, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012

With summer over, I am finding the time to update on the various hikes from the season. A lot of time was spent in the mountains of Yosemite and Kings Canyon. This hike pictured here was into Nelder Grove, an area with original sequoias near Yosemite and near Ansel Adams Wilderness. We took the hike towards the Granddad tree and in June, there were many wildflowers. It is not a difficult hike – at the end one can go further on an adjoining trail but there are no designated markers.

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

sequoia 1, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Sign, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Map, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Map Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

original log cabin, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Original Log Cabin, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia sign, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Spring into Water Trough, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Spring into Water Trough, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Vegetation, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Vegetation, Nelder Grove sequoia, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012,  Kathryn Arnold

Flowers at Nelder Grove, Sequoia National Forest, June 23 2012, Kathryn Arnold