TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2011 | High Sierra Topix  

TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2011

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!
User avatar

TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2011

Postby vitaminC » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:07 am

Since I didn't do a proper intro before I started asking for advice, I thought I'd post up this trip from a few years ago. I'm sure many recall how much precipitation there was going into 2011. This trip was in mid-July that year, and even then some of the crossings were a bit sketchy due to the high and fast (and cold!!) water levels.

Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, July 17-19, 2011

Day 0: Left the Bay Are and camped at the Tuolumne Meadow backpackers camp. Was pleasantly surprised at the relative quiet for such a full group camp!

Day 1: From TM to a camp site just above Waterwheel Falls. The amount, speed, and sound of all the water was truly incredible. I've never experienced anything like that before.

Image

Tuolumne Falls

Image

White Cascade

Image

Water slide!

Image

Le Conte Falls

Image

Sunset above Waterwheel Falls

Image

Day 2: From Waterwheel Falls to Pate Valley. Crossing Register Creek was a concern at the outset, but in the end it wasn't too bad. With the clues provided by the ranger at the permit station, we were able to locate some Native American pictographs around Pate Valley.

Lots of flowers in bloom

Image

Image

Still a few damp spots to negotiate

Image

Pictographs

Image

Great spot to camp

Image

Day 3: From Pate Valley up, up, and up to White Wolf. Hard, though plenty of good scenery (and a giant rattlesnake) to provide distraction from the climb.

The moon and Morrison Creek

Image

Yup, that water was cold!

Image

GPS read "Harden Garden" and I can't argue with that.

Image

Image

From WW we were able to hitchhike back to the car at TM, which was fortunate as the shuttles weren't actually running yet. Great trip!

See all the pictures and some movies at: http://smu.gs/12VRO1B
----------------
Lots of photos



User avatar
vitaminC
Topix Acquainted
 
Posts: 39
Joined: Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:36 pm
Location: Redwood City
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2011

Postby kpeter » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:30 am

Magnificent! Lovely photography.
User avatar
kpeter
Topix Expert
 
Posts: 554
Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:11 pm
Experience: N/A

User avatar

Re: TR: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne 2011

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:52 pm

Thank you for the enjoyable TR and great pictures VitaminC. :thumbsup:
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

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: 8028
Joined: Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:54 pm
Experience: Level 4 Explorer


Return to Backpacking / Hiking / Camping



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests