|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – September 2003
Sneak in the side door for a private viewing of the finest in California's High Sierra real estate.
The hikes described here are accessed by CA 41 (Southeast Yosemite), CA 120 (Lake Vernon), and US 395 (Kerrick-Matterhorn). Check in advance about road conditions.
Camping within the national park requires a permit. For all areas, a percentage of backcountry permits are offered through advance reservations, which are recommended to guarantee your itinerary.
Campers should use bear canisters for food storage; bears routinely get food that's properly bear-bagged. Rent canisters for $5 per trip or purchase them at locations in the park. Never store food in your vehicle (this includes your trunk); bears will break in if they smell food. Season Creek crossings can be dangerous or impossible in early summer. The Southeast Yosemite and Kerrick-Matterhorn loops maynot be snow-free until July; the Lake Vernon-Tiltill Valley loop may be passable by June.
Yosemite National Park, by Jeffrey Schaffer ($19). Trails Illustrated #206 map ($10).