Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

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Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by tgk5007 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:35 am

Hi!

I'm hoping to get some folks' recommendations for a great 2-night backpacking trip in the Yosemite region. I'll be going April 19 - 21. My primary focus will be photography. I have ice axe and crampons w/ solid experience traversing snow, but not necessarily looking for anything too crazy or dangerous. I know the area is covered in a lot of snow right now! Anyways - thanks!

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by bobby49 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:22 am

April 19-21 is kind of an awkward time of the year. It will still be winter in the higher elevations, yet it will be summer in the lower elevations. You have to decide whether you want to photograph snow scenes or wildflowers. Besides, only some of the roads will be open. The only sure-fire place to go is Hetch Hetchy. There, the hazard will be fast water.

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by tgk5007 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:50 am

I would love to get some snow photography! Trying to figure out - would the Rim trails be passable this time?

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by bobby49 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:16 pm

The Yosemite Valley Rim has trails in the sun and in the shade. So, parts will be very messy. I don't generally go along the rim until late June of a normal year. The south rim has a lot more shade, and the north rim has a few sunny areas.

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by Flamingo » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm

One Idea: backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, and then day-hike from LYV to Clouds Rest. You'll definitely need snow and/or ice gear. See my TR from last year: http://highsierratopix.com/community/vi ... =1&t=18047

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by chulavista » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:08 pm

How in shape are you? Maybe watkins up snow creek. No sketchy snow bridges that way. You are cool with snow camping right?

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by Wandering Daisy » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:07 pm

The buttress east of Watkins has a much better view. I did this trip last year, camped on top. See my trip report. I will try to find it and bumpit up.

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by tgk5007 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:04 am

Wandering Daisy wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:07 pm
The buttress east of Watkins has a much better view. I did this trip last year, camped on top. See my trip report. I will try to find it and bumpit up.
Hey @Wandering Daisy I would love if you could send that link! I'm thinking of doing 2 nights in Little Yosemite Valley with a day trip to Clouds Rest. I really want to test out my new Sony camera and glass in the snow.

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by AlmostThere » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:37 am

A day trip to Clouds Rest means 22 miles and 6000+ feet of gain - like Half Dome x 2. You must be 10x more athletic than me.

edit: ah, staying in LYV. Didn't connect the dots, guess I'll get more coffee. Be careful, prolly still snow and ice up there

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Re: Yosemite - 2 Night Trip - Mid April Suggestions

Post by ragedaemon » Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:34 pm

Would you mind posting a trip report? Planning on a 2 night trip to Yosemite next week as well--would love to hear about your trip!

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