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.
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,
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.
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/
Summer Is For Hiking
On June 16 2012, after stopping at the ranger’s station near Big Sur to inquire which trails were closed and after discovering Edwoldsen was still closed, and since Tanbark trail was recommended we got a late start (11:30 AM) up the trail.
The trailhead is on the land side of highway 1 across from Partington Cove. http://www.hikinginbigsur.com/hikemap.html
We first encountered a choice – to either hike on the right side of the creek or the left side. We selected the right side first but after scrambling through 2 rock slides and heavy brush determined to try out the left side of the creek.
Below is an image of one of the rock slides.
Instead select the trail to the left side of the creek.
This comes along with a clear sign designating the way.
Beautiful redwoods, clover, ferns dot the path along the creek transcending the hillsides. Little did we know that it would not remain as cool at the top as it was at the base – had we known we would have begun much earlier in the day with more water.
Above and below are sample images of the surrounding landscape.
Looking up there is indication of the 3.2 climb of 1400 feet which is attained through a variety of switchbacks through redwood forests and then later groves of what must be Tanbark Oaks. From what I have read, the tanbark oak is more like an evergreen beech tree.
The trail meanders upward through alternating full sun and shaded areas.
There are wildflowers at everyturn as we hit the full sun sections of the trail which are filled with nonaggressive bees. Many times the flowers spread into the trail. The variety of flowers is quite extensive.
Columbines also fill the hillsides. Here is one that was close to the trail.
Continuing upwards for awhile now. The trail back down will also be somewhat steep.
Along the upward journey, views of the ocean begin to appear.
With each view we felt we must be almost there…but not!
Below is a photo of what may be the Tanbark oaks. The bark has peeled off many of them.
At the top the view is outstanding – one can see forever, it seems.
We may have missed the actual Tin House. Some fellow hikers were up there as well and they also did not know where it was. We did locate a large pile of rusted tin on the ground and assumed this was it. Since returning – I looked online and see actual images of a house.
The coastline is breathtaking.
The ranger had spoken to us about this Connector trail – it leads to an overlook of Edwoldsen Canyon and then if you wish, you could hike down. He warned of downed trees.
So this image displays a grand view of the Connector trail. There is a sign that directs you to traverse to the left to journey on.
Up at the top one has multiple decisions to make. One can head down using the road and then walk a mile back to the Partington turnout. We opted not as walking on Highway 1 felt precarious and journeyed back down the way we came up.
The sun had shifted and we arrived at the base by 5 PM.
The lighting took on a mesmerizing quality and as we entered the redwoods once again, it is as if someone had turned on the AC.
These are some photographs taken in the late afternoon.
And here are some more.
And here is another.
This is a gorgeous and somewhat quiet section of Yosemite and even more so due to the inclement weather on this particular Saturday, July 30, 2011.
Water is everywhere due to the melting snow and the spring flowers are blooming. Small rivulets travel through meadows on their way to meet up with the larger rivers which may actually be oversized creeks – the area up here known as the Tuolomne watershed and sends water to hetch hetchy then sending it along to SF.
Due to the thunderstorms and rain along with the flooding out of parts of the trail, never made the walk around Elizabeth lake – could only view it from the distance shown here.
There are many trails up here in the High Sierras of Yosemite and cooler temperatures than in the valley. This particular hike is just north of the Tuolomne Meadows visitor center.