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Clouds RestSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.91 Miles 3,217 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   2.35 mph
3,217 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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one of the two main hikes denny picked out for the trip
off to a shaky start when i couldn't find any place open for coffee coming up from mammoth lakes
took a chance and drove into tuolomne meadows lodge, which wasn't open yet
knocked on the window, scaring the lady inside
she was kind enough to get me a cup of coffee, best one of the trip and free :)
order restored, we drove on to sunrise trailhead
met up with fletch and mike, who are on a two week climbing trip
got going around 0650, with fletch setting a solid pace
a gradual first mile, then a series of switchback at a steeper grade
this trail links up with several others along the way, leading off to sunrise lake or half dome
moderate grade through beautiful forest
eventually came to a cool granite ridgeline with steep drops and awesome views to either side
we spent quite a bit of time on the summit
only two people there when we arrived
took pics, checked out landmarks, snacked and noticed how much smoke was in the valley
eventually descended and took a little side trip to tenaya lake just before finishing
lots of hikers and backpackers heading up as we went down
glad we got an early start
fun to meet up with my climbing partners for this one
a very enjoyable classic hike with good company
Fauna
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Sooty Grouse
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Half Dome
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