Yosemite - cliffs, domes, waterfalls, rattlesnakes

Trip Start Mar 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

We drove into Yosemite via the spectacular Tiogra Pass, which peaks at 9945 feet, then checked in at the Tuolumne Meadows campsite. This is 55 miles away from the main vally but is a beautiful high (8600 feet) sub-alpine valley and a bit quieter than the main valley. The nights were cold and campfires were welcome.

Yosemite has many spectacular peaks and waterfalls and we trekked up to the top of Vernal falls. This was a crowded trail so we carried on for a while and returned via the more remote John Muir trail, upon which we met a rattlesnake on the way down.

There was a large forest fire burning and this made the valley very hazy, however we did get stunnig views of El Capitain, Half Dome and Cathedral Peak. Owen wished he was 15 years younger and had his climbing gear with him.

Back in Tuolumne Meadows, we climbed the 9500 ft Lembert Dome - this is a large granite roche moutonnee with an exposed summit reached by traversing huge sweeps/slabs of granite. We then followed this by climbing the adjacent Dog Dome. Fantastic views from both.

July 4th was not celebrated in the campsite. We spent the day wandering around the meadows, where we saw deer and a very wolf-like coyote.
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