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Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop, again


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Day 5 - To Washburn Lake Map: Washburn Lake
Merced River
Merced River
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Washburn Lake
Washburn Lake
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Today we had a layover day at Merced Lake and took a short hike to Washburn Lake. This is a very easy hike and starts out flat for the first few miles.



You take the trail at the back of the High Sierra Camp. When you reach the junction to Vogelsang you should continue straight towards the Ranger Station rather than turning up towards Vogelsang. After about a mile the trail comes alongside the Merced River.



Once you reach the river the trail begins to climb slightly and eventually it gets a bit steeper, but it remailns a fairly slight incline. Near the lake the trail passes just above the river along granite slabs. You can see fish in the river below. Soon you reach the lake. It was a smokey day because of a nearby fire, but I imagine that it would normally be a beautiful sight.

Day 6 - To Vogelsang Map: Emeric Lake
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Vogelsang Peak
Vogelsang Peak
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Continue along the trail from the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp. The trail begins to climb above the camp before levelling out. You will get to a junction and a ranger station in just under a mile. Turn left here where the trail begins to climb immediately. This trail continues to climb for quite a while and it provides a very tough workout. The trail is made up of "cobblestones" for quite a ways. I think the trail crews who made this trail thought these cobblestones would make it easier, but you will learn to hate them.



After a little more than a mile you reach a trail junction. You can turn right here and get to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp by way of Vogelsang Pass. However, we keep to the left.



With the cobblestones behind you the trail mellows out a bit and actually descends a little. Soon you cross over a footbridge and begin to climb again. You get some really good views here, but it's a hard walk up. Eventually you make it up past the dome and into a meadow. The trail remains flat here for a while. You will pass a junction to Babcock Lake, but continue straight.



At the back of this meadow you get to a small pool beneath a cascade. The trail begins to climb again and at the top you will come upon one of the most beautiful meadows. The trail is fairly flat through here and crosses the river a few times. There are also two trail junctions here, the first to Emeric Lake and the second soon after goes to Boothe Lake. You will want to keep to the right at both junctions.



At the back of this meadow the trail begins to climb again, though not as steeply as any of the days previous ascents. However, you are likely tired now so this simple climb is not entirely easy. This part of the trail is forested, but the trees become more sparce as you ascend closer to timberline. Eventually you pass a small, gated compound used by the packers who supply the camp. In a few short minutes you will se the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp. This is definately the jewel of the High Sierra Camp system.

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