We drove out after work on Thursday and stopped at Hula's in Escalon for a burger. I'd always wanted to try this place and oh boy - I'll be back. Great burger and fries.
We originally wanted to stay at Junction campground near TPR but it was full. We weren't able to find a spot until Lower Lee Vining, and we were crammed between RVs.
Friday morning, short dayhike up Gaylor Peak.
Goal was acclimation, views. We got both.
Start from trailhead next to Tioga Pass. Head up the trail towards Gaylor Lakes. This is the view from just below the saddle above the lakes. The peak is visible in the distance.
From this point, leave the trail and head cross-country to the peak. It's easy. Class 1.
View back towards the trail.
This Small jumbly pile of rocks just below the summit ridge is the most complicated part of the hike - and it's easy.
View into Yosemite.
Looking back down the ridge. Dana meadows to the left. Gaylor Lake to the right.
Teeny bit of snow still up here. And a use trail along the ridge.
Tioga Lake and a peek into Lee Vining canyon
You can see the trail towards the Great Sierra Mine. We visited it in 2007. (pics)
Phlox on the summit
On the summit
The Yosemite park boundary actually runs along the ridgeline.
Mmmm...whoa nellie fish tacos for lunch!
Stopped to fish along Rush Creek - found this interesting channel below the lakes. Looked like a swimming pool.
Evening from Tuttle Creek - we stayed down here since we were meeting others at cottonwood pass trailhead for an overnight backpack on Saturday morning.
Sunset and shadow of mt whitney in the sunbeams.
Campsite, 5 sec exposure
Sage and creosote lit by campfire, 5 sec exposure
Lone Pine peak and stars
Campground and starry sky
Laurent enjoys the stars. 5 sec exposure