I had each hike for our Yosemite planned out more than a year in advance. As we went on every hike in the proceeding year there was always some aspect of that hike that could and would be compared to one of the trails we would hike in Yosemite.
Day 1 (6/7/14) Tamarack Lake Trail – Lake Tahoe
Day 2 (6/8/14) Cathedral Lakes – Yosemite NP
After we finished the Cathedral Lakes hike we continued down the Tioga Road for a few miles and stopped at Olmsted Point. From the roadside lookout point there is about a half a mile trail that takes you down to a lookout point over Tenaya Canyon. From there we had a great view of Clouds Rest and a partial view of Half Dome.
Just down the road a little further is a side road that takes you to the May Lake trailhead. May Lake was only a little over a mile uphill from the trailhead. It was a pleasant mountain lake with a different shade of blue than the other lakes in Yosemite. We could see some distant waterfalls and cascades on the other side of the lake so we set off to get closer to them. We walked along the shore to the right and when we got a little more than half way to the other side we ran out of trail. At this point we summarily dismissed the hints of better judgement that tried to sneak in and started bushwhacking it along a fairly steep slope that changed intermittently between rock face and thick brush mixed with fallen trees.
We could hear some water falling somewhere above us but we could never get a clear view of anything. We kept making our way along the western slope above the lake until we came out into a clearing covered in thick mule-eared weeds. Each step that we took through the dew covered weeds release exactly 20 mosquitos. This probably doesn’t sound too bad but after taking several hundred steps you can imagine the cloud that was surrounding us before too long. The waterfall we sought was straight up a very steep slope in the cliffs above us. Since the sun was behind the waterfall there were no photos to be had so the waterfall won this battle. While this sounds like a miserable experience it was amazing how much we enjoyed this little adventure around May Lake. It likely had something to do with my new found fitness level making a scramble around a lake chasing waterfalls even an option.
Day 3 (6/9/14) Mist Trail – Yosemite NP
After hiking the Mist Trail we decided to do the Mirror Lake trail. This trail goes completely around the valley below Half Dome and stays flat accept for some up and down near the end of the canyon. It was a very pleasant place but with more people than we care for who were frolicing in the river. It was hard to compete with the Mist Trail though. It was about a 4.5 mile loop but didn’t want to wait for the bus so we walked the extra three miles into Yosemite Village.
Day 4 (6/10/14) Clouds Rest – Yosemite NP
Day 5 (6/11/14) Upper Yosemite Falls – Yosemite NP
Day 6 (6/12/14) 4-Mile Trail/Panorama Trail Loop – Yosemite NP
Day 7 (6/13/14) Taft Point/Sentinel Dome Loop – Yosemite NP
Before our hike to Taft Point we spent the morning at Mariposa Grove. Although we ended up walking over seven miles it didn’t seem like it since we were stopping to take in the enormous sequoias towering over us.
Day 8 (6/14/14) LeConte Falls – Yosemite NP