2005 Sierra Expedition
As of April 1, snow in our part of the Sierra is at 153% of normal. which makes me happy I moved the date back. The moquitoes will have more time to die.
This trip provides a little more flexibility than usual. It's been too long since I had a chance to hike around Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, so this trip begins with two days in my favorite place in the world, giving opportunity for a day hike, dinner at the Mobil Gas Station in Lee Vining (if you haven't dined there, you have missed something), and a leisurely drive through Yosemite before hitting the trailhead. Those short of time or not interested in spending two nights in Yosemite could fly out on August 16.
This hike is a bit more work than last summer's. However, most days have 4-6 miles of actual hiking, so we will have plenty of time to relax in camp after the day's exertions. This is an area entirely new to me. It's reputed to be a lovely area, and it's remote enough so that we will not see many other people. You can check out the map of the route.
As always, what we actually do will likely be a bit different. The alternate plan, should we decide that the route over Red Peak Pass is more than we are up for, is to return to the trailhead we started at via Post Peak Pass, which would parallel the trail we come in on, but to the west.
Here is a report of a hike in the area:
For those who stumble across this page through a search engine, it's the planning page for a hiking group in Michigan. It is maintained by Randall Bytwerk (bytw2calvin.edu — replace the "2" with a "@").