Distance 19 miles
Elevation gain estimated @ 4900 feet.
Difficulty **very strenous***
Meeting time 7am
meetup fee $ 1
Park entrance fee $ 20 per car, unless you have the nat'l parks pass
I have not hiked to El Capitan, I do not know what the trail will look like beyond the top of Yosemite Falls. This will be a long day of hiking.
**Yes this is Mothers Day.
** You should have done similar hikes,
**7am start means you have to leave Bay Area around 3am.
**there are campsites avail. for Sunday night. http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Upper_Pines/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70925&topTabIndex=Search
**no 100% guarantee I will do this hike, bad weather , snow on the trail, etc. may cancell or I may choose a diff. hike.
If you made a campsite reservation and I have to cancell you can either go on your own or the cancellation fee is $10 bucks for the site, but you can check that out when you make a reservation.
**this is a long strenous hike, the first 4.6 miles will have about 3000 feet elev. gain.
** First Break, at the first intersection after about 4 miles, this is close to the top of the falls, we get into the forest, there is a creek and trail signs. If you are struggling with the hike this is the time you can bail out and just go to the top of the falls. **I will wait / break for about 15-20 min if you are a lot further behind (we will have moved on if you don't see us there) you will have to just visit the top of the falls and turn around, I am not a really fast hiker and will take some pic's along the way, last time it took around 2 hrs 30 min to get to that intersection. the route to the top of the waterfalls should be well travelled and we return this way, I don't feel like I am abandoning you. I will bring map copies but the route to the top is easy to follow.
we may run into a few snow patches, a meadow we pass through could be very water logged and may cause some wet feet, pack a small towel extra socks just in case.
This is not a hike where you drive up, hike, drive home, that would be a long day with possible traffic on the way home, keep that in mind.
Route: starting from the yosemite falls shuttle stop we go up the trail to the top of yosemite falls, and continue on Hetch hetchy trail for about 0.6 miles and then turn left onto the trail to El Captian. We return via the same route,
poss. detour to the top of eagle peak and or the side trip to the viewing point on top of the falls, (this would add to the total mileage)
Trail map (also shows meeting point shuttle stop number 6)
This is just before shuttle bus stop number 6 (yosemite falls), there is usually roadside parking before the stop, we should have no problem at 7am
map for shuttle bus
Water*** Make sure to carry a lot of water 3-4 liters or if you have a filter we probably can find a creek.
Food, make sure to bring, lunch, snacks etc., this will be a strenous hike***
Waiver: please review, no need to print, I will bring a copy to sign.,