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Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby amigo » Sat May 21, 2011 9:57 am

Can someone please tell me how far, approx, it is from the Porcupine Creek trailhead to Yosemite Valley via North Dome and Yosemite Falls? We're considering doing this as a day hike. Considering it's downhill, sounds like it wouldn't be too big an issue. Only trick is getting a spot in the Valley and taking the shuttle to the trailhead, right? Is this possible? Thanks.



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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby RoguePhotonic » Sat May 21, 2011 11:48 am

It's about 12.3 miles. I personally don't know where the shuttle that goes from the valley to Tuolumne Meadows stops along the way or if it does at all.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby markskor » Sat May 21, 2011 11:58 am

Shuttle will stop anywhere you tell the driver to.
Long day hike but do-able, (snow may be a factor though) - do not miss the arch.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby maverick » Sat May 21, 2011 1:56 pm

There is a free Tuolumne Shuttle Service, but only goes till Olmsted Point.
The only option available is the following: http://www.yosemitepark.com/Activities_ ... adows.aspx
I hope you planning to do this hike in July or later.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby amigo » Sat May 21, 2011 4:20 pm

I plan on doing this in August. 12 miles is ok, especially if it's mostly downhill. Thanks.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby balzaccom » Sat May 21, 2011 4:57 pm

To clarify the post from Maverick...if you are taking the bus back to Yosemite Valley, Porcupine Creek/Flat is before Olmstead point...and before the trail the Lukens Lake. On our website there's a post about the hike we did as a day-hike, from Porcupine Flat to North Dome and back...and we met a few people who were hiking this as a shuttle hike to or from the Valley.

And yes--that arch is wonderful, as is the view from near the arch of the Clark Range.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby AlmostThere » Sat May 21, 2011 5:07 pm

You want either the hiker bus or YARTS. I would call and make sure the one you select will stop on demand before reserving a spot (the hiker bus) or showing up (YARTS doesn't take reservations). Or find a friendly person to drop you off.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby Wandering Daisy » Sat May 21, 2011 5:37 pm

There are two ways to get to the Valley from Porcupine Creek via North Dome. I assume you meant to continue from North Dome to the Yosemite Falls trail. You can also go back up the trail and take the trail to Snow Creek to descend. Tioga Road may not be open. In that case why not consider the North Rim Traverse from the Valley? You can either start at Camp 4 and go up the Yosemite Falls trail (clockwise) or start at the Mirror Lake trail and go up Snow Creek Trail (counter-clockwise). I have done it as a long day-hike and a 2.5-day snowshoe in winter. There is camping on Snow Creek and Yosemite Creek. If you are willing to carry water a little bit, there is drop-dead scenic camping on the buttress just before Snow Creek goes off the edge and camping on sandy benches above Yosemite Point. In mid-June this year you will hit snow in the upper part of the traverse so need to be good at navigation because the trail is not evident and it is easy to get lost up there.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby maverick » Sun May 22, 2011 10:10 am

WD wrote "Tioga Road may not be open".
OP wrote that they intend to do the trip August, Tioga will be open easily by then, and
snow will also not be an issue.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby amigo » Sun May 22, 2011 12:25 pm

My plan would be to camp in the valley somewhere, take one of the shuttles or Yart bus to the Porcupine Creek trailhead (I think that's what it's called), hike to North Dome, then to Yosemite Falls and back into the valley...in one day. 12 miles relatively downhill shouldn't be much of a problem.

On another note... if I have a wilderness permit for a given trailhead on a Friday and have it marked as 2 days in the wilderness but change my mind and decide to do two day hikes instead (Friday and Saturday), can I use the wilderness permit to camp in the backpacker's campground in the Valley on the Friday night?
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby markskor » Sun May 22, 2011 12:52 pm

Technically no, cannot use Valley BP camp as a day trip base (rules posted are Backpackers only, one night only - well, one night before and one night after)...try Sunnyside campground instead, but...

In the past, when an expected hiking buddy broke down (in Fresno or ?), I too have spent a second consecutive night, (just waiting) at the Valley backpacker camp without much hassle. (Gear left there/tent - safe) - but if the Ranger is having a bad day (they do check around sundown and visit everybody in camp), they might just frown about your day-trip plans. However, you might just be at Curry at the time when they are checking?
Mostly depends on attitude and Karma...
BTW, I have seen afternoon rangers take packs from out of bear boxes (all gear stashed for the day?), so better to leave all in a tent...set up...never seen those taken the second night.
Bottom line is though, you must have real backpacking gear as well as a valid Wilderness Permit.
Past that, plans do change.
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Re: Pocupine Creek to North Dome and Yosemite Valley as day hike

Postby thompsonpat » Thu May 26, 2011 7:55 am

While on the Porcupine thread - do you all have an opinion on whether a clockwise loop porcupine flat to yos falls to yos creek is better than a counterclockwise loop? Daughter's first backpacking trip. planning 5 mile days with sturdy 8 yo, we will be up in August with a two night backcountry permit to celebrate a birthday. We figure Dad (6'8" super fit runner) will go for the car, if we're not up for the last loop connection along tioga. ... yos creek trail looks like there is less cover than porcupine - and in August, ... i'm thinking clockwise makes more sense unless from a water standpoint the counter gives us a further in fill up point.
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