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Yosemite Week Loop, CA 
Yosemite Week Loop, CA
Backpack avatar Jun 17 2008
Backpack84.50 Miles 5,000 AEG
Backpack84.50 Miles7 Days         
5,000 ft AEG
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Day one: White Wolf campgrounds - Eagle Peak (10.5 mi)

Avoided Yosemite Valley, and explored the rest of the park instead. Saw Tuolumne Meadows and camped in White Wolf Campground. The Tioga Pass area is insanely beautiful. John Muir described it eloquently: "From garden to garden, ridge to ridge, I drifted enchanted, now on my knees gazing into the face of a daisy, now climbing again and again among the purple and azure flowers of the hemlocks, now down into the treasuries of the snow, or gazing far over domes and peaks, lakes and woods, and the billowy glaciated fields of the upper Tuolumne. In the midst of such beauty, pierced with its rays, one's body is all one tingling palate. Who wouldn't be a mountaineer! Up here all the world's prizes seem nothing." White Wolf Campground is full of tiny meadows and stands of lodgepole pine, and the Middle Tuolumne River flows through the campground. The sites are set in the pines and around granite boulder gardens. The campground is constructed beautifully; each loop seems miles away from the others. The arrangement of the tables and sites create a sense of spaciousness. The facilities are clean and well tended. This is slow, elegant camping.

Day two: Eagle Peak - El Capitan - Camp#4 (14.7 mi)

Sunnyside Campground (camp#4) lies at an elevation of 4,000 feet in the northwestern area of Yosemite Valley. The facility is open to tent camping year-round with 35 sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Although reservations are not accepted campers are recommended to come to this site close to 10 a.m., which is check out time. This site provides easy access to climbing routes and hiking trails.

Day three: Camp#4 - Mist Trail (Vernal and Nevada Falls) - Half Dome - Tenaya Stream (16.1 mi)
You'll find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge at 0.75 miles (1.3 km). Beyond the bridge, at 0.2 miles, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail 0.5 mile (0.8 km) up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. This portion of trail is closed in winter due to risk of falling ice and rock.
Hikers can reach the top of Nevada Fall by continuing 1.3 miles (2.1 km) along the Mist Trail (from Vernal Fall). The John Muir Trail also leads to the top of Nevada Fall (bypassing Vernal Fall)
Follow the Mist Trail or John Muir Trail to Nevada Fall. Continue on the trail, following the signs to Half Dome. The last 900 feet (275 m) of trail is a very steep climb up the east side of Half Dome. Cables assist hikers on the final 400 feet (122 m). They consist of two steel cables, about 3 feet apart and suspended at arm's height from pipes set in the rock. The top of Half Dome is a fairly large and level open surface. Camping is not permitted on top of Half Dome.

Day four: Tenaya Stream - Tenaya Lake - Snow Creek (12.5 mi)

Day five: Snow Creek Falls - Mirror Lake - Lower Yosemite Falls - Upper Yosemite Falls - The Point - Indian Ridge (12.2 mi)
Mirror Lake has little water much of the year, but in spring and early summer it can grow in size. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Exhibits detail the story of the area's lake-to-meadow succession. This can be a good place to spot wildlife.

One of Yosemite oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America's tallest waterfall 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views from Columbia Rock located one mile (and dozens of switchbacks) from the trailhead.

Day six: Indian Ridge - Porcupine Flats - Yosemite Creek (11.0 mi)

Day seven: Yosemite Creek - Lukens Lake - White Wolf (7.5 mi)
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