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Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop, again


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Day 1 - To Glen Aulin Map: Tuolumne Meadows Trailhead
Cathedral Peak
Cathedral Peak
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Cascades
Cascades
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Today was a fairly easy hike. We started at the Tuolumne Lodge and hiked to the Lembert Dome trailhead. From there we continued on to the Soda Springs and Parson's Lodge. We started fairly early in the morning so there weren't many people around, but normally this is where the crowds would be. We saw almost nobody after passing Parson's Lodge.



Past the lodge the flat trail sticks close to the Tuolumne River with views of the Cathedral Range. There are some hills here and there which take you away from the river, but for the most part you don't stray too far from the water.



Near the end of the meadow you pass over a highly polished slab of granite at the bottom of a dome near the river. Shortly after that the trail begins enters a sort of canyon and climbs along the edge of the cliff. This section of trail was blasted out pf the rock.



Keep an eye to the left across the river. You will see a pile of rocks called Little Devil's Postpile. It isn't as grand as the original since it has mostly been ground into rubble, but it was formed by the same process.



Soon the trail descends along a cascading river with some really nice views. You cross a footbridge and continue your descent. A short distance past Tuolumne Falls you get to a trail junction and turn right. Soon you cross another bridge and find yourself at the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp almost immediately.

Day 2 - To May Lake Map: Polly Dome Lakes
Down Stream
Down Stream
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McGee Lake
McGee Lake
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Yesterday was the easiest hike of this trip. Today you get more of a taste of the mountains. You start with a short climb before the trail flattens for a bit and then you pass McGee Lake. Fine views can be found at the southern end of the lake.



Soon the trail begins to climb for a couple more miles. Eventually you get to a trail junction. Turning left will take you past Polly Dome Lakes. We turn right and then at another junction about half a mile farther we turn left. This trail climbs through the trees to a saddle. Shortly past the saddle the trail comes out of the trees and continues along the side of the mountain.



This trail offers wide panoramic views of the canyon below, but it is sunny and can be quite warm. The trail climbs steady at first, then switchbacks up as you apprach the saddle above. Once at the saddle you can break for lunch and walk to the top of the notch just ahead.



The trail descends a short distance and passes another small lake which is supposed to be a good swimming hole. From there the trail continues and remains fairly flat until switchbacking up for the last time. It passes a few small meadows at the top before coming out at May Lake. The High Sierra Camp is near the south end of the lake and camping is available a short distance farther.

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