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TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne June 12-15

Postby cdib » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:06 am

Thanks to Maverick for the trip suggestion. Here's a quick TR.

We left White Wolf on Sunday with the intent of reaching Pate Valley that night. Unfortunately, we got caught in a hailstorm on the way down and wereforced to camp ~ 5 miles in. Luckily, the storm broke that night and we had good weather for the rest of the trip.

The next morning we left early with the intent of making up lost distance from the day prior. Crossing Morrison Creek wasn't difficult but required some caution. We heard that there would be flooding in Pate Valley but we encountered very little. Only tricky part this day was the sign at the junction in Pate Valley has been crushed by a downed tree and is easily missed. Register Creek was swift but doable. This night we camped ~0.5 miles from Return Creek.

The next day we went continued up towards Glen Aulin. Waterwheel and Leconte falls were raging and were quite the sight. There is a 1/4 mile region of the trail at near Glen Aulin that is entirely flooded. From Glen Aulin, we headed towards the trail up Murphy Creek towards Ten Lakes. At ~8700 feet the snow coverage was approximately 80%. We spent the night at the Murphy Creek trail junction and in the morning headed out to the Tioga road where we hitched back to the car.



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Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne June 12-15

Postby maverick » Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:42 am

Thank you for coming back and writing up a TR. Do you by any chance have some pictures to post of Waterwheel or Leconte Falls, would be great to be able to compare it to previous years. :)
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Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne June 12-15

Postby cdib » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:44 pm

Can't seem to find any of Leconte Falls but here's one of Waterwheel Falls

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Waterwheel Falls


Tuolumne river:

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Tuolumne River
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Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne June 12-15

Postby Jason » Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:59 pm

That river sure looks inviting (speaking as a fly fisherman). Thanks for the reportage and photos.
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Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne June 12-15

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:18 pm

Thank you for taking the time to come back and include those great photos. :thumbsup:
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