Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Tue, July 17 - The Mighty Yosemite National Park!
The youth group from T. Meadows were camping nearby last night and Dee Dee, the counselor, stopped to say hi. Guess Sybille and I made an impression with her. On the way out of Glen Aulin I stopped at the High Sierra Camp cabins and chatted with the high paying clients and enjoying the view of the waterfall. I was disappointed to find out that despite hiking right by the top of the "Grand Canyon of Yosemite", you can't really see down into it from the PCT. I was told that people usually take an average of three days to to hike down it so I guess it will have to wait for another visit. Many, many, many great views of Yosemite mountains and high altitude meadows today. The views around Virgin a and Matterhorn Canyons where stellar! Met up with "Special Delivery" and the guy with the red beard (Grubby?). Climbing up to the pass above Matterhorn canyon I found a rock scramble with great views to enjoy my apple from. The meadows before Benson Pass were wonderful but it was too early to camp. For the next six miles I had many deer encounters. Benson Pass was fantastic with lots of views of Yosemite mountain rocks and I climbed the side of the pass to a high point for even greater views! The hike down from Benson Pass was rugged but very scenic. Camped at Snedberg Lake at mile 969 with great views. A very very scenic day in Yosemite!!!