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Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop, again


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Day 3 - To Sunrise Meadow Map: Tenaya Lake and Sunrise Lakes
Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Lake
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Stairs
Stairs
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From May Lake you will follow the trail down the mountain about 2 miles to a small parking lot. Turn left and walk to the end of this parking lot. From there you follow an old dirt road back down to the road.



Once at the road you cross it and follow another trail just below the road to Tenaya Lake. Once at the lake you turn right and then right again. This trail begins fairly flat and crosses a few streams as it begins to climb. Eventually it climbs in earnest up several switchbacks. Once at the top you can turn right at a junction and continue to Clouds Rest. We turn left and pass the Sunrise Lakes.



This section of trail is fairly easy. It does climb a bit, but the ascent is nothing like the initial ascent above Tenaya Lake. Once you pass the last Sunrise Lake the trail begins to climb more steeply until it reaches the pass. From there the trail begins about a one mile descent to the Sunrise Meadow High Sierra Camp.

Day 4 - To Merced Lake Map: Echo Creek and Echo Valley
Looking Down Between Domes
Looking Down Between Domes
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White Fir
White Fir
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There are two ways to proceed from Sunrise High Sierra Camp. You can stick to the trail, which means backtracking to that junction you passed yesterday. From there you will turn right, climb over the pass and down the other side. The other option provides an exciting cross-country shortcut. If your route finding and map reading skills are not great or if you are unsure about your ability to hike down a very steep granite slope you should follow the trail. If you are thinking of doing the cross-country route you can talk to people about it at camp. Somebody, especially camp employees, are likely to be familiar with it. The following description should give you a general idea of the route, but as is always the case with off-trail travel you are essentially on your own. This description should be used as a general guide only.



So, if taking the cross-country route you will walk across the meadow from the camp. On the map you will see a stream passing through here and you will want to generally follow this stream. Once you get to the large dome to your left you will begin to descend to a meadow where there is a small lake. Two more domes stand before you and the stream in this meadow passes between them. You will make your way to the point where this stream passes between the domes. From there you will descend carefully down the steep granite slope, keeping to the right of the stream. As you descend you will likely be heading further to the right rather than going straight down.



Once you reach the bottom you will walk away from the domes and turn right when you reach the trail. This trail descends gently for several miles. Once you cross the first footbridge you will continue maybe 100 feet or so and then take a break at the river. This is a great rest stop.



After about a mile and a half you will cross another bridge. Soon after the trail will begin to descend more quickly. After a steep descent you pass a junction, but continue straight. The trail levels out a bit before switchbacking down to Echo Valley. You pass a gate on the way down which you will close behind you. Once in the valley there will be more bridges and a junction. You will continue left at this junction.



After hiking for maybe a mile the trail begins to climb again. Shortly after you begin this climb you will come to a spot where you can see a small pool below. This makes for another good rest spot and swimming hole. The trail climbs for a bit before it continues just above the Merced River with more views. Before long the trail becomes flat again as it arrives at Merced Lake.



Once you arrive at the lake you continue along a fairly narrow area between the mountain and the lake. This trail is full of Apsen and the worlds largest Sugar Pine (at least I think it's a Sugar Pine - at any rate it's the largest something). Just at the far side of the lake is the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp.

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