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Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 9:53 am

If I want to backpack the High Sierra Loop in Yosemite without staying in the High Sierra Camps, how difficult is it to get a wilderness permit?



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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby markskor » Wed May 13, 2015 10:07 am

Sort of depends on when (pre-July 4 best and midweek start better than beginning on a weekend) and how many hikers there are in the party.
All that said, if a solo (no problems!) or a 2, starting out/ (BTW, getting a permit out of Tuolumne better than the Valley or elsewhere) - your odds are pretty good. Be prepared though to be flexible as to what trailhead to start out from - Tenaya, Tuolumne, Cathedral, Rafferty Creek, etc...
I would go, get in line Tuolumne early 8 - 9 AM the day before leaving - (permits for next day go out at 11) - worst that can happen is having to kill an extra day waiting for the next "next day" permit.

To add, are you using the HSC's for food? If not, suggest camping not at/near HSCs as crowded.
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 10:56 am

Hi Sittingbull,

Welcome to HST! An intro would be nice when you get the time: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 11:04 am

Thanks. There will be two of us, myself and my son. I think your idea sounds good. I'm not sure how many days we'll get off for our trip. I was thinking of a mini trip: Tuolomne-Glen Aulin-May Lake. We wouldn't be relying on the camps for food most likely.

@Maverick, will do.


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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 11:23 am

You still have not specified when you were planning to do this trip with your son, it does makes a
difference Sittingbull.
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 11:55 am

Hopefully in June, starting on a weekday. I'm still in the early planning stages, so I don't know yet.


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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 12:00 pm

Would not advise you to wait to long into the season to do Glen Aulin, especially if Waterwheel Falls and
LeConte Falls are on your tick list. Both will be extremely disappointing by mid June due to the drought
conditions, the Tuolumne drainage snow/water content is only 7% this year, was 31% in 2014.
There is a great camping spot above Waterwheel Falls: http://WildernessApertures.com/img/s7/v ... 7253-6.jpg
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby AlmostThere » Wed May 13, 2015 3:42 pm

For some reason, Glen Aulin is not shown on the full trailheads to have all slots reserved for June - if you want the certainty of permits you could get a couple for a midweek date easily. May Lake trailhead is similar. some of the others are not so open...
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 6:00 pm

June is the earliest I can go b/c I have to wait for my son to finish the school year.
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby oldranger » Thu May 14, 2015 10:23 am

If you haven't been in the area before my choice would be a s. loop rather than the loop you are proposing. I'd either want to head up lyle then follow trail past Evelyn Lake to Vogelsang.Then down Raferty creek. Or the reverse. Much more scenic and better fishing if that is an interest.

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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby markskor » Thu May 14, 2015 10:51 am

Once again, (hard as this is to say), listen to the OldRanger. Your intended route, while OK Yosemite scenic, travels mostly through dense canyon forests - not much big granite. Additionally, while the Glen Aulin area is OK, (the 3 waterfalls being the main highlight), there are much better places to see in YNP - and (IMHO), no real reason ever to go to May Lake (as a crowded zoo) unless doing Hoffman.

South side 120 a different story - big walls, grand vistas, possible good fishing - this route is what you think of when envisioning Yosemite's grandeur.

Better might be/ instead try for: Tuolumne - Rafferty - Voglesang HSC - and 2 options here: 1) make a loop - Ireland - Lyell - back to Tuolumne...or 2) Merced HSC and down to Valley...second option almost all downhill, then using morning or evening YARTS to get back to your car in Tuolumne. (see TOPO).
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Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby raymullen » Wed May 20, 2015 10:17 pm

hi,

i see something about the 's. loop' posted by oldranger - is this a defined trail loop name? i'm in the sf bay area we two of us are thinking of heading out for a 3 day trip in the next few weeks. i was thinking total of 40-50 mile loop (like not having to stage cars). this might fit the bill? i'm not knowledgeable about much of these trails and it has been difficult to find concise information.

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