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Elizabeth Lake

Tuolumne Meadows: Yosemite Wilderness, Hike to Lake Elizabeth, July 30, 2011

view of Lake Elizabeth
On Saturday experienced a beautiful hike in the Yosemite Wilderness going up to Lake Elizabeth near Tuolomne Meadows. The weather was accomodating some of the way but about one mile in, the Sierra thunderstorms began. At first mild and far away but by arrival time at Elizabeth Lake it was raining heavily – a downpour with lots of thunder.

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.
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tmhikes.htm
 

should have known

should have known, Yosemite Wilderness on way to Elizabeth Lake, Kathryn Arnold

beginning to rain

beginning to rain, Yosemite Wilderness on way to Elizabeth Lake, Kathryn Arnold

rivulet and 3 large stones

rivulet and 3 large stones, yosemite wilderness on way to Elizabeth Lake

Yosemite Wilderness on way to Lake Elizabeth

Yosemite Wilderness on way to Lake Elizabeth, kathryn arnold

as green as it gets

as green as it gets, yosemite wilderness on way to Elizabeth Lake

Yosemite Wilderness on way to Lake Elizabeth

Yosemite Wilderness on way to Lake Elizabeth, kathryn arnold

the river/creek and trail near Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite Wilderness

the river/creek and trail near Elizabeth Lake, Yosemite Wilderness, kathryn arnold

view of Lake Elizabeth

view of Lake Elizabeth in Thunderstorm, Yosemite Wilderness, kathryn arnold

view of Lake Elizabeth

view of Lake Elizabeth in Thunderstorm, Yosemite Wilderness, kathryn arnold

Looking Back from Hwy 120, View of Tehama Lake with Wilderness in Thunderstorm

Looking Back from Hwy 120, View of Tehama Lake with Wilderness in Thunderstorm, kathryn Arnold

Half Dome in the Distance

Half Dome in the Distance, heading back doan hwy 120, kathryn arnold