Even when it looks still there is quite a current
A calm pool just above California Falls
Turbulence and calm - the river is bipolar
First view of Waterwheel Falls
So named because of the 'waterwheel'-like behavior of the cascade
We took a break here, about half way along the drop of Waterwheel Falls
When watching them, it looks like those plumes are rotating just like a waterwheel
Dave shoots a wheel
View down the canyon
Today's descent is about 5000 feet - done gradually along the river. I really enjoyed it.
Dave crosses the granite
This trail alternated between exposed granite, meadow walking, and pine forests
But it never lost sight of the river for more than a minute
Footbridge at Return Creek
Feeding into the Tuolumne River
Cascades and pools
Our view all day.
Cathedral Creek spills down into the Grand Canyon
Rest break - sat here and cooled my feet in the cold water. Mmmm.
Green pool along the river
The trail is cut right out of the granite here.
Paige takes a shot at fishing along here
Drainage from Ten Lakes
Last summer I hiked into Ten Lakes and camped at the top of this drainage.
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
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!
A perfect swimming hole for a hot day
Dave relaxes at the waterfall
We could have stayed here for days, I think, swimming and enjoying the pristine water
I jumped in, hiking clothes and all, and fully submerged myself - it was heavenly
Pavla arrives and photos the waterfall
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
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!
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.
Paige caught us dinner!
And Dave cleaned/cooked them. Mmm...the fresh trout was delicious after the long day.
Pavla and Dave finish off the fishies
Morning on the Tuolumne River
Today's hike takes us out of the Canyon and back to White Wolf, a 4000 ft climb.
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.
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.
East end of Hetch Hetchy
The trail as it climbs out of the canyon
I was really sick of those cobblestones by the end of the hike
Lilies along Morrison Creek
Common Name: Mariposa Lily (Calochortus leichtlinii)
Location: Yosemite, near White Wolf
Date: July 6, 2008
Is that Rancheria Falls in the distance?
A field of Shooting Stars
Last scenic shot before reaching the trailhead