HST Community      Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Yosemite High Sierra Loop | High Sierra Topix  

Yosemite High Sierra Loop

If you've been searching for the best source of information and stimulating discussion related to Spring/Summer/Fall backpacking, hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevada...look no further!

Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 8:53 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?



User avatar
Sittingbull
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby markskor » Wed May 13, 2015 9:07 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.
Mountainman who swims with trout
User avatar
markskor
Founding Member & Forums Administrator
Founding Member & Forums Administrator
 
Posts: 2156
Joined: Fri Oct 28, 2005 4:41 pm
Location: Mammoth Lakes
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 9:56 am

Hi Sittingbull,

Welcome to HST! An intro would be nice when you get the time: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
User avatar
maverick
Forums Moderator
Forums Moderator
 
Posts: 9326
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 10:04 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.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
User avatar
Sittingbull
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 10:23 am

You still have not specified when you were planning to do this trip with your son, it does makes a
difference Sittingbull.
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
User avatar
maverick
Forums Moderator
Forums Moderator
 
Posts: 9326
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 10:55 am

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


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
User avatar
Sittingbull
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby maverick » Wed May 13, 2015 11:00 am

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
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
User avatar
maverick
Forums Moderator
Forums Moderator
 
Posts: 9326
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby AlmostThere » Wed May 13, 2015 2:42 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...
User avatar
AlmostThere
Topix Junkie
 
Posts: 2244
Joined: Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:38 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby Sittingbull » Wed May 13, 2015 5:00 pm

June is the earliest I can go b/c I have to wait for my son to finish the school year.
User avatar
Sittingbull
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 34
Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:10 pm
Experience: N/A

Re: Yosemite High Sierra Loop

Postby oldranger » Thu May 14, 2015 9:23 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.

Mike
Mike

Who can't do everything he used to and what he can do takes a hell of a lot longer!
User avatar
oldranger
Topix Junkie
 
Posts: 2407
Joined: Fri Jan 19, 2007 8:18 pm
Location: Bend, Oregon
Experience: N/A

Next

Return to Backpacking / Hiking / Camping



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: commonloon, jhfowler, sekihiker and 7 guests