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Doug Coe
(sierraDoug) - M

Locale: Bay Area, CA, USA
Clark Range in Yosemite-5 day solo on 09/13/2011 22:34:58 MDT Print View

I started a thread here asking for ideas of where to go, so I thought I ought to post a trip report.

After waiting to see if the streams would settle down and the bugs too I hit it just right over an extended Labor Day weekend. I went in and out of Mono Meadow trailhead on the Glacier Point road in Yosemite, Sept 2 to 6, covering 60 miles. About twelve miles a day, which is just right for me, though I did extra the fourth day and had a short day coming out.

Heading up the valley on the first day.
Heading up the valley

Lower Ottaway Lake
Lower Ottaway Lake

Looking back at switchbacks up to Red Peak Pass
Looking back at switchbacks up to Red Peak Pass

Red Peak from the pass
Red Peak from the pass

Magnificent meadow going toward Post Peak Pass
Magnificent meadow going toward Post Peak Pass

Out of Yosemite and into Ansel Adams Wilderness
Out of Yosemite and into Ansel Adams Wilderness

Final stretch going up to Fernandez Pass
Final stretch going up to Fernandez Pass

Uh, purple flowers (name?)
Uh, purple flowers (name?)

Last stream before trailhead and out
Last stream before trailhead and out

The weather was great--just a touch of rain on two afternoons. I slept out under the stars every night, as I usually do. I'm not even very good at setting up my silnylon tarp!

Saw a few people each day. Not too many, but enough for a bit of human contact.

I highly recommend this trip! And again, thank you for the suggestions of where to go next. I'm making a note for future trips.

Edited by sierraDoug on 09/13/2011 22:38:33 MDT.

Hannes Horst
(Hochtourist) - F
Re: Clark Range on 09/14/2011 14:33:14 MDT Print View

Hi Doug,

thanks for your beautiful pictures! I had a good view on Clark Range when crossing Blue Lake Pass during my SHR hike. It looked like a very nice destination from there, thus it is really cool to see a recent trip report for that place.

Cheers
Hannes

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Clark Range in Yosemite 5 days solo on 09/14/2011 14:47:47 MDT Print View

Great pictures Doug!!!! Gotta love ME time.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Clark Range in Yosemite 5 days solo on 09/14/2011 18:43:33 MDT Print View

Great shots, makes me want to hit that area of Yosemite!

Doug Coe
(sierraDoug) - M

Locale: Bay Area, CA, USA
Bugs, animals, and streams on 09/15/2011 14:26:38 MDT Print View

Thanks for the comments! To add a bit more detail...

I had to get wet when crossing three streams. I took off my trail runners and socks and then put my shoes back on without the socks, then hiked that way for an hour or two before adding the socks back in. Most stream crossings had stepping stones or logs across them though.

I ordered a headnet just before I left, having read about Peter's Headnets here on BPL. Of course I knew it wouldn't arrive before I left. The first night I draped a loose piece of white bug netting over my head and read my paperback through it with a headlamp. Not great visibility!

The next night I gave in and used deet after dinner. The following night I went ahead and used deet before I ate, though I hate how oily and dirty it gets my hands. But it worked.

I saw uncountable little squirrels that look like chipmunks, three marmots, one of which hung out on its boulder while we checked each other out for a while, four deer one morning on the trail who took off upslope, two of what I think were eagles (at different times), one carrying something in its talons (breakfast?), and one big black bear...scat.

Brandon Guy
(brucky) - F

Locale: Central Cal
Purple Flowers on 09/25/2011 13:08:26 MDT Print View

"Uh, purple flowers (name?)"
I do believe those purple flowers are lupin

Doug Coe
(sierraDoug) - M

Locale: Bay Area, CA, USA
Thanks on 10/02/2011 09:32:56 MDT Print View

I really ought to learn a few flowers, trees, and bushy things!

Larry Sullivan
(150mph) - F

Locale: Los Angeles
Nice pix + report on 10/02/2011 12:05:08 MDT Print View

Did the Clarks a while back. I remember Fernandez Pass was tough. Thanks for posting.