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Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Youngs Lake--Yosemite on 06/29/2009 20:29:30 MDT Print View

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Myself,son and wife went to Young Lakes in northern Yosemite...When it was a 104 degrees in the Eastbay it was very nice and comfortable at around 9,500 feet. The mosquitoes were manageable and were only bothersome at creeks and streams. They were not a problem at all at Young Lake. We had to walk over a few patches of snow but also was not a problem. Here are a few pictures- the view was incredible looking towards Tuolumne Valley and the Sierra Mountains.


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Ragged Peak 10,912 ft


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My wife and son napping in the afternoon in Golite Hex shelter.


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Otherside of Ragged Peak and Youngs Lake.


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Mt Conness in the distance-12,590 ft


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Conness Creek


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Our lunch time view from left to right:
Johnston Pk, Unicorn Pk, Echo Pk, Catherdal Pk and Fairview Dome.

We had a excellent family weekend and I was able to train for the my upcoming hike of the TRT next week.

Edited by Creachen on 06/29/2009 22:42:41 MDT.

Joshua Billings
(Joshua) - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz,Ca
Nice on 06/29/2009 21:29:41 MDT Print View

Good looking family Jay.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Young Lakes-Yosemite - nice on 06/29/2009 22:22:35 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing Jay. Nice pictures. I am glad your family was able to enjoy Youngs Lake. It's one of those really pretty places that an ideal distance for the younger set: a bit of work, but not too far leaving time to enjoy a wonderful destination.

Wow... I wish I was there rather than in the 101F we had here in Mountain View. Make me wonder if I might be able to drag might daughter there next weekend. It's been couple of years since I have hit that part of the park. I will have to show her your pictures and pull out some of mine to encourage her.

--mark

John Carter
(jcarter1)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Young Lakes-Yosemite - nice on 06/29/2009 22:41:26 MDT Print View

Wow, I didn't realize there was such an alpine area so close to the trailhead there; usually I'm heading down the valley for more distant areas. I'm always looking for hikes for my kids in the coming years (they are 3 and 4 now), and the looks to be excellent. Just to be clear, does this hike start at Lembert Dome and head north-east (north of dog lake)? I've done Vogelsang from Lembert Dome, but didn't realize there was anything like this above Lembert. Is Dog Lake also alpine, or is it forested?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Youngs Lake---Yosemite on 06/29/2009 22:54:53 MDT Print View

The hike starts at the stables on Soda Springs Rd to Dog Lake trail to Youngs Lake (6.5 miles one way)..Youngs lake is forested with great campsites on the North of the lake. My 8yr son did a good job- we took A LOT of breaks because of the high altitude- it took almost 5 hours to get there and about 3 1/2 hrs on the return. That is a great part of the park-Less traveled.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Young Lakes-Yosemite - nice on 06/29/2009 23:22:09 MDT Print View

Young's Lake is below tree line so around camp there are definitely trees and a lot of scrub, but it's open enough that you have good views of the bare round and those classic alpine views.

Dog lake is forested. My memory is that dog lake is officially a day use only though I have seen people breaking the rules and camping there.

Another good place for younger kids in this area is 20 lakes which is just behind saddlebag lake just beyond tioga pass.

--mark

Edited by verber on 06/29/2009 23:26:19 MDT.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Youngs Lake--Yosemite on 06/30/2009 05:26:01 MDT Print View

thanks for the post Jay, and kudos for letting the wife use the Neoair :)

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Youngs Lake--Yosemite NP on 06/30/2009 07:41:05 MDT Print View

Hey Jonathan, My wife really is not a gear geek like myself but she really liked the NeoAir A LOT.. Oh darn!! I just have to let her have my Regular size pad and then order myself a Large NeoAir-very cuffy-cozy to say the least! When do you start the JMT?

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: Youngs Lake--Yosemite NP on 06/30/2009 07:55:31 MDT Print View

Jay, awesome pics as usual. That is such a drastically different landscape then what we have up here, looks absolutely beautiful.

Afternoon naps are the best aren't they? :)

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Re: Re: Young Lakes-Yosemite - nice on 06/30/2009 08:56:31 MDT Print View

I agree Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin is awesome. Limited camping around most of the lakes, but the views are amazing!

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Youngs Lake--Yosemite NP on 06/30/2009 08:57:23 MDT Print View

Yep Jay, nice pics. I have always wanted to go there..cool!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Youngs Lake--Yosemite on 06/30/2009 09:49:46 MDT Print View

Jay,

Ditto.

Very nice photos and the family looked nice and happy.

Did you just bring the Hex Inner Bug Net or did you bring the whole shelter?

Anyway, thanks for posting and see you in two days for the TRT.

-Tony

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
RE: Young Lakes-Yosemite on 06/30/2009 11:49:57 MDT Print View

Jay,

I always enjoy your postings and your pics really great. Just curious, what kind of camera do you carry most often?

Thanks,

Kendall

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Youngs Lake-Yosemite on 06/30/2009 12:37:52 MDT Print View

Tony & Kendell, I brought the entire shelter Tony but it was warm so we slept under the stars-NICE!!!! Kendell my camera is a old (2004) Olympus-D435..I am on the hunt for a replacement..I can't keep up with the changing technology...Tony can you recommend a camera?

-Jay

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Youngs Lake-Yosemite on 06/30/2009 14:00:17 MDT Print View

Jay,

I have only had 2 digital cameras in my life.

Both are Cannon digital elph.

I just recently bought the IS880, which has the wide angle lens, which is great for the outdoor shots of scenery.

You can take a look at it on the TRT trip.

It is only 6 to 7 oz with the battery.

10 Megapixel and has a 4x zoom, which is double my old 3.2 megapixel S230 elph.

The only complaint that I have is that the menu system is much more complex with all the added junk features.

There is a olympus? that is waterproof and shock proof that is small, if you are hard on your gear.

With the 16 MG SD card that I have, I can take something like 3200 photos.

Insane.

-Tony

Kendall Clement
(socalpacker) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Young Lakes-Yosemite on 06/30/2009 14:44:01 MDT Print View

Jay,

Thanks for answering my question. With regards to keeping up with "the changing technology:" -LOL- I know! Right!?!? The minute you walk out of the store with it it's already out of date! LOL

Thanks again, :)
Kendall

Edited by socalpacker on 06/30/2009 14:45:48 MDT.

Carlos Figueroa
(cfigueroa) - F

Locale: Santa Cruz Area
Re: Young Lakes-Yosemite on 06/30/2009 18:12:33 MDT Print View

Great pictures Jay - I'm envious. I’ve tried numerous times to get my family out but have not been very successful. My kids are 7 and 4 years old and get scared of outside noises (even in our own backyard). I guess I have to wait longer until they get older – however, seeing your family pictures gives me hope. Tuolumne country is awesome – I’ve pasted by Young lakes several times going to climb Mt. Conness.