My wife and I did a short hike near Tuolumne Meadows during the July 4th weekend.
-3 day point to point hike plus a drive day.
-Total mileage:~14.5 miles
-Temperature range: ~35F-70F
- Map Used: Tom Harrison, Yosemite High
Country Trail Map.
Drive to Tuolumne Meadows and day hike to top of Lembert Dome.
Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin.
Glen Aulin to Poly Dome Lakes.
Poly Dome Lakes to Tenaya Lake.
We were inspired from the excellent trip report and pictures from a recent BPL group hike in the same area.
Day One tips:
We left San Francisco at 3:30 am to arrive at the Wilderness Permit station at 7:30 am. They open at 7:30 during July and August. If you arrive before they open you will be among the first in line and are almost assured a permit for the next day. Lembert Dome is a short hike and the views from the top are spectacular. The coffee is pretty good at the cafe right next to the post office in Tuolumne Meadows and it is great to chat with all the PCT hikers. They resupply at the post office and are busy repacking gear, food, etc. You can see much of the gear discussed here in the forums in real world application. Lot's of ULA packs and alcohol stoves.
Day Two tips:
The waterfalls on the way to Glen Aulin are booming right now. At Glen Aulin make sure to camp in the upper camping areas. They are much nicer. The bugs are intolerable down low near the High Sierra Camp.
Day Three tips:
An extremely short and easy off trail section will get you to the largest of the Poly Dome Lakes. This lake has many good campsites and is great for swimming. We enjoyed camping on the top of a hill just west of the lake, see the picture below. Amazing views of Tuolumne Peak, Mount Hoffman, and even Half Dome off in the distance.
Day Four tips:
We exited at the Murphy Creek trailhead and walked to the east side of Tenaya Lake to catch the free shuttle back to Tuolumne Meadows. The shuttle runs on the hour and half hour between Olmsted Point and Tuolumne Meadows. No showers in Tuolumne Meadows (that we could find) so we left the solar shower on top of the car, it worked great!
My wife and I on the top of Lembert Dome.
White Cascade Falls with a high CFS.
Tent view looking down towards Poly Dome Lake and the backside of Poly Dome.
Our current kitchen set up.
Our current repair kit.
Gear issues, worked/did not work.
My wife was using her new pack for this trip, an Osprey Exos 58. She is raving about this pack and we are really happy with it.
The hiking mileage and terrain on this hike are mild and we brought to much food.
I just used an old pair of running shoes and had some traction issues in a few places. Trail runners with a more aggressive tread would have been better.
My wife is a coffee nut! We tried the Starbucks Via instant coffee and it worked. For backpacking...
We are transitioning to much lighter packs and equipment. The kitchen and repair kit pictures are so that BPL people can give us some help. Any suggestions on how to lighten up would be much appreciated. I have a tendency towards redundancy and a "what if" mind set so getting lighter has been a struggle but we sure love it when we shoulder the packs!
1. Evernew pot 1.9L.
2. Two FBC cozy's.
3. Two REI titanium long handle spoons.
4. Bic lighter.
5. MSR pocket rocket.
6. Two REI insulated mugs (coffee!).
7. BPL mini dropper, hot sauce.
8. White sugar.
9. Olive Oil.
10. MSR fuel can, did not use all the fuel but like to have a little extra just in case.
1. Storage container, an old plastic soap box.
2. Sleeping pad patch.
3. Small seam grip.
4. Duct tape and small pencil.
5. Two sewing needles.
6. Thread, both regular cotton and dental floss.
7. Ten feet of thin stainless steel wire.
8. Two safety pins.
9. Small Bic lighter.
10. Small knife, with tweezers.
11. Fire starting tinder tabs.
12. Flint and steel.
Thanks so much for reading my post and if you have any questions about the hike or tips for our kit becoming lighter please post a comment.