Holy cow was I hungry after the energy expenditure of that 4000 ft climb.
From Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne (07.04-06.2008)
A field of Shooting Stars
Last scenic shot before reaching the trailhead
Is that Rancheria Falls in the distance?
The trail as it climbs out of the canyon
I was really sick of those cobblestones by the end of the hike
East end of Hetch Hetchy
First view of Hetch Hetchy
The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne ends here. The water fills Hetch Hetchy and eventually becomes part of the Bay Area's water supply.
View back on the river after the first 1000 feet.
The smoke in the air was obvious today, but luckily it wasn't thick enough to interfere with breathing.
Morning on the Tuolumne River
Today's hike takes us out of the Canyon and back to White Wolf, a 4000 ft climb.
Pavla and Dave finish off the fishies
Paige caught us dinner!
And Dave cleaned/cooked them. Mmm...the fresh trout was delicious after the long day.
Paige and Dave at our beach
I didn't get many photos of our campsite here - I was too busy swimming when the sun was out.
Camp in Pate Valley
Holiday weekend, and we had the place to ourselves - the minimum of a 4000 ft descent/climb to get there thins the crowds!
Eventually we continue on our way - it's still another ~4 miles to camp.
Luckily we have the river to accompany us, but all I could think of was swimming again
Pavla arrives and photos the waterfall
I jumped in, hiking clothes and all, and fully submerged myself - it was heavenly
Dave relaxes at the waterfall
We could have stayed here for days, I think, swimming and enjoying the pristine water
A perfect swimming hole for a hot day
A heaven-sent waterfall after the hot climb up and over Muir Gorge
I called this my new favorite spot in Yosemite, but really, my favorite spot is wherever I am at the time!
Dave takes a look down the canyon
Muir gorge is below us - the terrain was too steep for the trail to go through it, so we had to climb up and over here
Drainage from Ten Lakes
Last summer I hiked into Ten Lakes and camped at the top of this drainage.
Paige takes a shot at fishing along here
The trail is cut right out of the granite here.
Green pool along the river
Rest break - sat here and cooled my feet in the cold water. Mmmm.
Cathedral Creek spills down into the Grand Canyon
Cascades and pools
Our view all day.
Footbridge at Return Creek
Feeding into the Tuolumne River
But it never lost sight of the river for more than a minute
Dave crosses the granite
This trail alternated between exposed granite, meadow walking, and pine forests
View down the canyon
Today's descent is about 5000 feet - done gradually along the river. I really enjoyed it.
Dave shoots a wheel
When watching them, it looks like those plumes are rotating just like a waterwheel
We took a break here, about half way along the drop of Waterwheel Falls
So named because of the 'waterwheel'-like behavior of the cascade
First view of Waterwheel Falls
Turbulence and calm - the river is bipolar
A calm pool just above California Falls
Even when it looks still there is quite a current
The river and canyon walls
Don't want to fall in along here!