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Top Trails: Yosemite: 45 Must-Do Hikes for Everyone

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Since childhood, Lizzy Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada with her family. After she started college, she found excus... Lire la suite
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Since childhood, Lizzy Wenk has hiked and climbed in the Sierra Nevada with her family. After she started college, she found excuses to spend every summer in the Sierra, with its beguiling landscape, abundant flowers, and near-perfect weather. During those summers, she worked as a research assistant for others and completed her own Ph.D. thesis research on the effects of rock type on alpine plant distribution and physiology. But much of the time, she hikes simply for leisure. Obsessively wanting to explore every bit of the Sierra, she has hiked thousands of on- and off-trail miles and climbed more than 500 peaks in the mountain range. She is especially fond of the steep, rugged peaks in the Whitney region, and she visits the area to hike and climb each year. Lizzy, husband Douglas, and daughters Eleanor and Sophia currently live in Sydney, Australia, but they continue to consider the Eastern Sierra home and return to the mountains each summer.

Jeffrey P. Schaffer has been hiking and climbing in Yosemite National Park since 1964. He's logged thousands of miles on trail in the park and has completed some 70 different roped ascents, including several first ascents. In 1972 he began work on his first book for Wilderness Press, The Pacific Crest Trail.<\i> Since then he has written and contributed to more than a dozen Wilderness Press guidebooks, including Yosemite National Park: A Complete Hiker's Guide.<\i> Today he teaches a variety of natural sciences courses at San Francisco Bay Area community colleges, does Sierran geomorphic research, leads climbs both outdoors and in climbing gyms, and lives with his wife in the Napa Valley.

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45 "Must-Do" Yosemite Hikes

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the amazing number of choice destinations in Yosemite National Park-Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy, and many other famed locales. Now in full color, Top Trails Yosemite by Elizabeth Wenk and Jeffrey P. Schaffer helps you sort through the options. It doesn't describe every possible hike in the Park, only the best. Whether you're looking for a scenic stroll, a full-day adventure, or even a spectacular backpacking trip, you'll find it here. And with at-a-glance information for each hike, visitors can determine which hikes are most suitable to their skills, schedules, and preferences. Books in the affordable and easy-to-use Top Trails series feature elevation profiles, detailed maps, driving directions, and "don't get lost" trail milestones. Innovative trail-feature charts give information on which trails are child-friendly; which allow horses; where to see giant sequoias, waterfalls, lakes, wildflowers, and autumn colors; which trips have the best photo opportunities; and which have camping, running, or biking opportunities.

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Sunrise Lakes and Sunrise High Sierra Camp
TRAIL USE: Dayhike, Backpack, Horse
LENGTH: 11.6 miles, 48 hours
VERTICAL FEET: +1890'/-710'/±5200'
TRAIL TYPE: Out & Back
Backcountry Permit
Great Views
Restrooms, Bus Stop, Picnic Tables

Considerable climbing at fairly high elevations would normally make this hike a moderate one, but its distance is so short for a backpack trip that it is rated easy. Some hikers go only as far as upper Sunrise Lake, only an 8-mile round trip and a good, moderate dayhike, although many are capable of doing the whole route in under a day. However, if you camp near Sunrise High Sierra Camp you are rewarded with a beautiful sunrisethe reason for the camp's being situated where it is.

Best Time Because of fairly high elevations, the trail can have snow patches even into mid-July, the soonest you'll want to start. Lakes are near their optimal temperatures from early July through early August, so if you want to minimize mosquitoes and snow and enjoy dips in the lakes, then early August is best. To avoid crowds, backpack in mid- and late September. You can even go in early and mid-October, although then be prepared for cool days and subfreezing nights.

Finding the Trail The trail begins on the Tioga Road at the Tenaya Lake trailhead parking area, at a highway bend near the lake's southwest shore, located 30.5 miles northeast of Crane Flat and 8.5 miles southwest of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground. If you are driving east up the Tioga Road, you will pass the following campgrounds, the first three along spur roads: Tamarack Flat, White Wolf, Yosemite Creek, and Porcupine Flat.

Trail Description From the trailhead parking area near the southwest corner of Tenaya Lake, 1 take a trail that heads east, and you soon cross the usually flowing outlet of Tenaya Lake. Just beyond this crossing you reach a trail junction. The trail left goes northeast to start a loop around the lake, and then it continues another 7 miles to the Cathedral Lakes Trail in Tuolumne Meadows.

You veer right on a trail that heads south for 0.25 mile along Tenaya Creek. Over the next 0.5 mile your trail ascends southeast in sparse forest over a little rise and drops to a ford of Mildred Lake's outlet, which, like the other streams between Tenaya Lake and the Sunrise Trail junction, can dry up in late season. Beyond the Mildred Lake stream the trail undulates and winds generally south, passing several pocket meadows browsed by mule deer. The trail then begins to climb in earnest, through a thinning cover of lodgepole pine and occasional red fir, western white pine, and mountain hemlock. As your trail rises above Tenaya Canyon, you pass several vantage points from which you can look back upon its polished granite walls, though you never see Tenaya Lake. To the east the canyon is bounded by Tenaya Peak; in the northwest are the cliffs of Mt. Hoffmann and Tuolumne Peak.

Now on switchbacks, you see the Tioga Road across the canyon and can even hear vehicles, but these annoyances are infinitesimal compared to the pleasures of polished granite expanses all around. These switchbacks are mercifully shaded, and where they become steepest, requiring a great out- put of energy, they give back the beauty of the finest flower displays on this trail, including lupine, penstemon, paintbrush, larkspur, buttercup, and sunflowers such as aster and senecio. Finally the switchbacks end and the trail levels as it arrives at a junction on a shallow, forested saddle.

The trail ahead goes to Clouds Rest and beyond (Trail 17), but you turn left, and over 0.5 mile you first contour east, cross a low gap and descend north to lower Sunrise Lake. 3 Climbing from this lake and its small campsites, you reach a crest in several minutes, and from it you could descend cross-country an equally short distance north to more isolated, island-dotted middle Sunrise Lake. Your loop trail, however, veers east and gains a very noticeable 150 feet in elevation as it climbs to upper Sunrise Lake, the largest and most popular lake of the trio. Campsites are plentiful along its north shore, away from the trail.

With 1.7 miles remaining to your day's goal, you leave this lake and climb south up a gully, cross it, then soon climb up a second gully to the east side of a broad gap, from which you see the Clark Range head-on, piercing the southern sky. From the gap, which is sparsely clothed with mountain hemlocks, whitebark pines, and western white pines, you descend south into denser cover, veer east, and then veer north to make a steep descent to a backpackers' camp. By walking briefly north from it you'll reach Sunrise High Sierra Camp. An overnight stay at either camp gives you an inspiring sunrise over Matthes Crest and the Cathedral Range.


Yosemite National Park Map
Yosemite National Park Trails Table Using Top Trails Organization of Top Trails
Choosing a Trail
Introduction to Yosemite National Park
Geography and Topography
Flora and Fauna
When to Go: Weather and Seasons
Trail Selection
Key Features and Facilities
Trail Safety
Fees, Camping, and Permits
Topographic Maps
On the Trail
Have a Plan
Carry the Essentials
Trail Etiquette
Chapter 1
Northeast Yosemite
1 Barney Lake and Peeler Lake
2 Green Creek Basin
3 Virginia Lakes Basin to Green Creek
4 Twenty Lakes Basin
5 Mount Dana
6 Gaylor Lakes and Great Sierra Mine
Chapter 2
Tuolumne Meadows
7 Lembert Dome, Dog Dome, and Dog Lake
8 Pothole Dome and the Tuolumne River
9 Young Lakes
10 Glen Aulin and Waterwheel Falls
11 Vogelsang High Sierra Camp Lakes
12 Elizabeth Lake
13 Lower Cathedral Lake
14 High Sierra Camps Loop, northwest part
15 High Sierra Camps Loop, southeast part
Chapter 3
Central Yosemite
16 Sunrise Lakes and Sunrise High Sierra Camp
17 Clouds Rest
18 May Lake and Mount Hoffmann
19 North Dome
20 Ten Lakes Basin
21 Lukens Lake
22 Harden Lake
Chapter 4
Northwest Yosemite
23 Kibbie Lake
24 Laurel Lake and Lake Vernon
25 Wapama Falls and Rancheria Falls Camp
26 Tuolumne Grove of Big Trees
27 El Capitan from Tamarack Flat
Chapter 5
Yosemite Valley
28 Bridalveil Fall
29 Lower Yosemite Fall
30 Upper Yosemite Fall and Eagle Peak
31 Mirror Lake
32 Vernal Fall Bridge
33 Vernal Fall-Nevada Fall Loop
34 Half Dome
35 Merced Lake
Chapter 6
Yosemite Valley's South Rim
36 Dewey Point
37 Taft Point
38 Sentinel Dome
39 Glacier Point
40 Four Mile Trail
41 Glacier Point-Panorama Trail
Chapter 7
South Yosemite
42 Ostrander Lake
43 Buena Vista Loop
44 Mariposa Grove of Big Trees
45 Vandeberg-Lillian Lakes Loop
Top Rated Trails
Appendix I: Campgrounds and RV Parks
Appendix II: Hotels, Lodges, Motels, and Resorts
Appendix III: Useful Books and Maps

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Top Trails: Yosemite: 45 Must-Do Hikes for Everyone
Sous-titre: 45 Must-do Hikes for Everyone
Code EAN: 9780899979519
ISBN: 978-0-89997-951-9
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Wilderness Pr
Genre: Guides de voyage en général
nombre de pages: 416
Poids: 576g
Taille: H203mm x B127mm x T25mm
Année: 2018
Auflage: 2. A.