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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Yosemite National Park

Climb classic Sierra passes, ogle granite monoliths, and camp above treeline in John Muir's second home.

by: Tim Shisler


No matter how many times you think you've seen it–on posters, in calendars, on your friends' refrigerators–real-time Yosemite is still utterly jaw-dropping: giant, russet-red sequoias, resounding 2,400-foot waterfalls, 3,300-foot granite walls, and more photo ops than you can get at the summer Olympics. Everything you've likely seen of Yosemite Valley–Half Dome, El Cap, Bridalveil Falls–is just a small part of this 1,200-square-mile park, where 13,000-foot peaks scratch the skyline, enormous glacial erratics litter the landscape, and ink-blue rivers roar through silvery canyons. Even John Muir, who explored the whole length of the Sierra, pressed Yosemite on his friends "like a missionary offering the gospel." He knew what he was talking about: Our third-oldest national park is, without doubt, the brightest star in the Range of Light.



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Zapato Brie
Jul 07, 2014


Just did a longer variation of this 2 weeks ago, starting and ending at Tuolumne Meadows for a 93 mile loop. Tough hike, but definetely worth the effort! Got things broken down by day with lots of pics, elevation profiles and panorama views here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/dirtypursuits

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Oct 25, 2011

Debbie Hoffman
Mar 21, 2011

Hi Tim:
Could you elaborate on the part of the trip where the Ansel Adams campsite is located? Approximately how far from the junction of the High Elevation Trail is the creek and the fisherman's trail? Looking at a map I'm seeing 4 creek-crossings before arriving at the Lyell Fork. I'd love to find the campsite! Thanks!

Scott Sanders
Sep 05, 2008

Tim,

You ARE TOTALLY RIGHT. Thanks so much for your info. Just got back from Yosemite. AWESOME!!!!

You saw my pic's but here's the website for anyone else who's interested.

www.groundedgraphics.com.

Click the Yosemite link.

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