2013-12-30 Yosemite Valley Lubeck Photography

Mark your calendars:

Last Pre-hike – Carpool from Heritage Park by my townhouse across McBean from the church.

Saturday, July 23rd – 7:o0 am-noon. Mount Lee to the Hollywood Sign – 6.5 miles – 3 hours. Bring water. I have two extra backpacks. If you need equipment, this would be a great time to connect with me and I can loan you what I have…

Mammoth To Yosemite:

Dates: August 1-6

I have reserved two condos at Mammoth Resort Inn on Monday, August 1st at no charge to you. Each condo sleeps up to 8 people. You can check in as early as 4 pm. We will have dinner together at 6 pm, then get to bed at a decent hour.

Directions:

From Hwy 395, follow Hwy 203 into the town of Mammoth Lakes. Turn right at the second stoplight, Minaret Road. Take Minaret Road to the Ski Area (about four miles). When you reach the Ski Area, where the Main Lodge is on your left, look for the sign to your right for Mammoth Mountain Inn. Turn right at the sign and follow the driveway up to the Mammoth Mountain Inn. If you are flying to Mammoth, call 800.MAMMOTH for complimentary airport pick up. Physical Address: 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Schedule:

Up Tuesday morning at 5 am, shower and depart the resort at 6 am.  Breakfast at Red’s Resort, 6:30 am, hit the trail at 7 am. Red’s Meadow Resort. http://www.redsmeadow.com/

Agenda: Mammoth to Yosemite Valley

The links below provide pictures of what we will be seeing each day.

Itinerary:

Day 1
We head up the rushing San Joaquin River from Reds Meadow along the River Trail. Passing beautiful Shadow Lake with fantastic views of the jagged Minarets and the blocky summits of Mounts Ritter and Banner.
We plan to camp above Shadow Lake close to Shadow Creek and make this not too long a day and gives you time to ease into the pack carrying
Day 2
We head north paralleling the San Joaquin river and pass by some of the Sierra’s most beautiful lakes all aptly named from precious gems; Ruby, Garnet, Emerald and nally to the incomparable thousand Island Lake. We wander around the north shore of the lake and cross over Island Pass, a low pass that gives a short easy walk and drop down to camp in the forested glades of Rush Creek.
Day 3
By now our packs have shed some food weight and the legs are getting broken into the trail so we stretch it out a little and head onto our second pass crossing the higher Donahue Pass.
Well graded rock stairs lead up and over the pass with views of Mt Lyell and Mt McClure before dropping down to the bridge crossing of the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.
From here a steady downhill takes us to Lyell canyon, a huge glacially carved valley through which the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River lazily menders it’s way.
Camp is in the middle of tall grass and lush meadows, also known as bear alley. So be sure to bring your bear cannisters.
Day 4
Our journey is all downhill and at walking to the roadhead at Tuolumne Meadows. We aim to be at our vehicle pick up in the late morning to early afternoon giving us time to head back to Mammoth and a well-earned rest.

Here is another link to a professional outfitter who charges $700 to go from Mammoth to Tuolumne Meadows. It has a great list of what to bring, the itinerary is identical and it will give you an idea of what you will be seeing.

For more information, contact me at sblubeck@gmail.com.