East of Yosemite:
The 2003 Sierra Expedition
The goal of the 2003 Sierra Exedition is the that part of
the Sierra to the east of Yosemite. We'll explore some fabulous
country along the John Muir Trail, then head along the east slope
of the Sierra over a series of passes, escaping over Mono
Pass, where several of us spent time in 1999. I've somehow
avoided hiking through most of this country before, even though
it is among the most spectacular terrain in the High Sierra.
It is also bear country, and I believe canisters are required.
August 10 (Sunday): Fy to Reno. We'll drive to the
Lake area, between Mammoth Lakes and Lee Vining. We'll
spend the night at the trusty Motel 6 in Mammoth, since it's
cheaper than the places in June Lake, and besides, most of June
Lake's hoteleries have a two night minimum stay.
August 11(Monday): I'm working with the Frontier
Pack Station to bring the packs up from Silver Lake to
Weber Lake, about 8 miles and 2700 vertical feet. Expect bears.
August 12 (Tuesday): Explore the Thousand
Island Lake area. The Perseid meteor shower should
be in good form this evening.
August 13 (Wednesday): As usual, I'd like to try a
mountain. We'll hike up to Donahue
Pass (11,040 ft.) and then to the peak, if there is sufficient
August 14 (Thursday): Catch-up day. Something will
occur to us.
August 15 (Friday): Hike over Gem Pass to Alger
August 16 (Saturday): Hike over Koip
Pass and Parker Pass to Mono Pass.
August 17 (Sunday): Hike down Bloody Canyon. It's about
3,000 feet down from Mono Pass, and we might opt for hiking down
to the Tioga Pass road, a much shorter hike, though it will require
spotting a car at the trailhead there. Drive to Reno.
August 18 (Monday): Fly back to Grand Rapids.
Relevant Trip Reports:
- Randy Bytwerk
- Dan Vandersteen
- Bob Kragt
- Ed Van Beek
- Jim Bradley
- Jon Kapenga
- David & Susan Hoekema
This page is maintained by Randall Bytwerk.