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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

National Parks: Yosemite

Enjoy this legendary park (without the legendary crowds) on a four-day trip through the Clark Range.

by: Brian Beer

Sunset Over Lower Ottoway Lake (Jeff Chow)
Sunset Over Lower Ottoway Lake (Jeff Chow)
Fall Foliage In Yosemite Valley (Carr Clifton)
Fall Foliage In Yosemite Valley (Carr Clifton)
Yosemite In Winter (Kirkendall-Spring Photographers)
Yosemite In Winter (Kirkendall-Spring Photographers)
Liberrty Cap From The Top Of Nevada Falls (Rian Long)
Liberrty Cap From The Top Of Nevada Falls (Rian Long)
Lower Ottoway Lake
Lower Ottoway Lake


TRIP PLANNER
The way Yosemite is 195 miles northwest of San Francisco via I-580, I-205, and CA 120. From Reno, it’s 218 miles via US 395 and CA 120. 
 
Permits Required (permit is $5, plus $5 per person). Reserve by trailhead 24 weeks in advance; limited number for day-of permits. (209) 372-0740, nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit 
 
Trip data Download our route, print maps, and view a 3D version in Google Earth at backpacker.com/hikes/clark.
 



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drew
Aug 22, 2011

I just did this exact hike; awesome, but very challenging. All of Red Peak Pass is covered in snow; no visible path and difficult to traverse. Stay up high and once through the pass, keep right!

And your smiles do stand out. Got stopped multiple times exiting the park by day hikers around Vernal and Nevada Falls; all were very jealous.

Thank you backpacker!

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Jul 29, 2011

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