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10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Stoner » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:43 am

First time on HST. Fantastic resource for a newbie backpacker!

We've got our permit to enter at the 10-lakes trailhead (by Yo-Creek) 2nd week of July. Been all over Yosemite, but never done THIS hike. Dayhiking for years and (finally) have broken into backpacking. This is our test-hike to prep for 8-days on the JMT in September.

We have four days to play with. Could I please get some advice on which route to take, where to camp, and what kind of weather we ought to expect? Thanks a lot!



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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:47 am

Hi Stoner!

Welcome to HST! Did your family member invent the M-16? :D :snipe: :D

The weather will be warm and sunny with a chance of showers. :nod: :nod:

Thanks,

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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Stoner » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:59 am

Thanks Russ. Don't know anything about the M16. Probably a different Stoner.

I saw an article that says to do this hike as a loop between yo-creek and tenaya lake. Do you know if that is the best way to go? What do you do about transportation back to the starting point?

Thanks,

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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:27 am

Stoner wrote:Thanks Russ. Don't know anything about the M16. Probably a different Stoner.

I saw an article that says to do this hike as a loop between yo-creek and tenaya lake. Do you know if that is the best way to go? What do you do about transportation back to the starting point?

Thanks,

Brian Stoner


Brian,

The M-16 was invented by Eugene Stoner. Don't feel bad if you didn't know this. My little girl's Veterinary Physician is named Dr. Stoner and he didn't know either.

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Most accounts I have read about the Ten Lakes Basin have been an "in and out" hike. I suppose you could enter at Yose Creek and then continue on to Tenaya Lake. You could hitch a ride or take YART back to your car.

Try a search function and see what you can find.

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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Stoner » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:23 am

Thanks for the post(s). Anyone been in that area NW of Tenaya Lake recently? What are the daytime and nighttime temperatures like? Thanks!
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby AlmostThere » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:26 am

At that elevation, you should always expect freezing (even lower) temps at night and be prepared for them. The weather ignores NOAA forecasts some weekends.

You should also expect some mosquitos and a total fire ban.
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Stoner » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:36 am

Thank you. Is there an online resource that can provide the actual weather/temps? Also, where should we expect to be able to get water along that trail?
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:11 pm

Stoner wrote:
Is there an online resource that can provide the actual weather/temps? Also, where
should we expect to be able to get water along that trail?


Welcome to HST!
Yes, read this thread to get some ideas: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=7778&start=0 You have Yosemite Creek and branches of it that cross the trail from which you can get water.
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby jmac » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:49 am

Stoner wrote:Thank you. Is there an online resource that can provide the actual weather/temps? Also, where should we expect to be able to get water along that trail?


Weather.gov will give you a pretty good idea of what the weather will be like. Just click on their interactive map in the area you will be. It's not perfect, but it's better than nothing.
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby balzaccom » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:29 pm

We did this as an in and out, but you could easily turn it into a loop around to May Lake or Polly Dome Lakes. Or just explore the basin--most people only see a few of the lakes. (There are only eight, I think,not ten, but still lots to see!)
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Re: 10-Lakes - Yosemite - Looking for Advice - Newbie...

Postby Dave_Ayers » Mon Jun 30, 2014 10:31 am

You can do Ten Lakes many ways: from the Ten Lakes trail head; from White Wolf; from May Lakes; from Murphy Creek (Tenaya); etc. The only shuttles on the White Wolf to Olmstead Point stretch are YARTS and the Tuolumne Meadows Tours and Hikers Bus. Both of those have stops at White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows, but not in between. They will usually drop you off at other trailheads as long as there is room for the bus to stop safely. Ten Lakes TH should be OK for that (but call ahead to make sure). Note that getting a special stop will only work for dropping you off at your the starting point, not for picking you up, so leave your car at a regular shuttle stop or do and out-and-back hike.

There is also the Yosemite run Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle. It stops at various places between Olmstead point and the Tuolumne Lodge, but does not go further west towards Ten Lakes. Note that it stops at the west end (Sunrise) and east end of Tenaya Lake, not the middle (Murphy Creek). So if you finish at Murphy Creek, you'd need to do the easy walk to either end to catch it.

One example option (among many) would be to park at White Wolf, hike to highway 120 below May Lakes, catch the Yosemite Shuttle to TM, and catch YARTS or Tuolumne Hiker Bus back to White Wolf. Tuolumne Peak and Mount Hamilton are along the way and have excellent views if you want to bag a peak or two.

Virtually all the routes are good hikes and make good intro to backpacking hikes. Use the trailhead and mileage report at this page for planning: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/trailheads.htm . If you go from the Ten Lakes TH, the climb to Ten Lakes is from about 7550 to about 9680 over the hump to the lakes area.

These trails all show up in Google Earth (Layers, More, Parks/Rec, US Nat Parks, Trails), though the mileages in Google Earth are about 10-20% low.

Transport links:
YARTS -- http://www.yarts.com/schedule/2014/HWY% ... 0Mono_.jpg
Tuolumne Tours and Hikers Bus -- http://www.yosemitepark.com/tuolumne-meadows-tour.aspx
Yosemite Tuolumne Shuttle -- http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/l ... eID=222906
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