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Backpacker Magazine – November 2009

Top 3 Ansel Adams Hikes and Reader Photos

The legendary shooter once said that photographs were "usually looked at, seldom looked into." Take a look into three hikes that inspired some of Ansel Adams greatest photos, and take a few pictures yourself.

by: Dave Pidgeon

Dnali NP, AK (Photo Credit: Brett Baunton)
Dnali NP, AK (Photo Credit: Brett Baunton)

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See the world of Ansel Adams though the eyes of our readers in these Ansel photo retakes.

Yosemite NP, CA
See the Valley from atop north dome.

Adams delighted in shooting Yosemite Valley–from above. See why on this classic 9.2-mile out-and-back to North Dome and its picture-perfect vantage point 3,500 feet above the valley floor. From Tioga Road, descend the North Dome Trail for .75 mile to Porcupine Creek. Cross the creek, then in just under a mile reach two trail junctions. Go right, then left, to continue south on the NDT. At mile three, detour a quarter-mile on a spur trail to the 20-foot Indian Rock arch. Back on the NDT, continue along Indian Ridge. Stay left at one last wooded junction, then arrive at the big finish: North Dome's 7,542-foot crown at 4.6 miles. Shot tip: Highlight Yosemite Valley's expansiveness by filling the bottom third of your frame with granite icons like Half Dome and El Capitan, leaving the rest to the California sky.

Mariposa's Happy Burger has the Mother Lode Burger (three patties, four bacon strips) and Wi-Fi.

The Way From its junction with Big Oak Flat Rd., take Tioga Pass Rd. 26.5 miles east through Porcupine Flat Campground to the trailhead on the right.

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Mar 10, 2011

Happy Burger provided me with one of the best breakfasts I've ever had.

Feb 12, 2010

I prefer the people who cook my food to be a little stoned.

Jan 16, 2010

I know Happy Burger Drug test their employees And they have had perfect Health Department Inspections for 11 years +> The reports are posted

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Dec 17, 2009

Oh, the truck is parked at the visitor rest areas just off Hwy 140. Going east on 140 turn left on Coakley Cr. and it will loop back around to the rest area. Best Mexican food in town... YOu will see the cops eating there and you know its safe and good.

Dec 17, 2009

Happy Burger is not the safest place to eat in Mariposa!!! Too many tweekers flipen your meat. Try Sal's taco truck or his shop but the truck makes the best food and you don't have to be concerned about who is touching your food.


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