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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Lake Vernon loop.

  • May 21, 2010 · 9:00 AM

Come and enjoy this classic early season loop at low elevation. The waterfalls and wildflowers should really be going on this three day, 30 mile trip. It isn't exactly an 'easy' trip as each day we should be hiking about 10 miles with some elevation change (about 3000 ft. in total) but it's all on trail and the temperature should be mild. There may be sections covered in snow depending on how the spring melt goes and because of runoff there will be swampy sections, so bring sandals or something. The current plan is to drive up early Friday morning, pick up permits and start hiking, returning on Sunday. *Please note* Because of the small # of slots available for these trips I'm experimenting with some ways to lower the drop out rate. So I'm requiring a $25 deposit if you want to sign up. You'll get $20 back at the trailhead, $5 goes to cover the cost of the permit. If you sign up and don't show or fail to communicate with me that money is gone, I'll donate it to my favorite charity or just put it in my pocket. Too bad.

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  • Vicky L

    Hi, I'm actually going to Rancheria Falls on 6/12-6/13. Does anyone know about the snow level on the trail? Thanks!!

    May 28, 2010

  • Laurie

    Rather chilly, however the stellar companions and campfire took the edge off.

    May 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    COLD And beautiful. We had the best time in spite of the freakish weather. Would love to go back when the snow is all gone.

    May 25, 2010

  • Cheryl

    Although we did not complete the loop due to a lot of late-spring snow, Hetch Hetchy did not disappoint. It was gorgeous. The waterfalls and wildflowers are in full swing. Awesome group who didn't mind the adventure of snow in May.

    May 24, 2010

  • Miles

    Yeah, it snowed on us and was cold but that fire couldn't be beat. Still had a good time, thanks to all that came.

    May 23, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Snow and sunshine. Frost in the morning and fire ring to warm up. Beautiful hikes with awesome people. Thank you, Miles - can't wait for more trips!

    May 23, 2010

  • Miles

    I think that snow report is probably old. Despite the weird weather it seems unlikely there's that much snow below 6000 ft. Even if there were it would be fairly solid and easy to walk on. Gaiters might be a good idea though. We'll see when we get up there, let's play it by ear.

    May 18, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Currently there is 2 to 4 feet of snow in the Laurel lake area.
    We'll probably encounter more elsewhere. Should we bring snow shoes?

    May 18, 2010

  • Laurie

    I to have a tent - REI half dome, that sleeps 2 and will share. I have a Jetboil that I will bring - great for beverage duty! I also have a water filter.

    May 17, 2010

  • Cheryl

    Hi, I'm coming from the peninsula. Would anyone like to carpool? I have a white gas stove if someone would be interested in sharing in the carrying and using of it. Seems like a waste to have everyone bring one.
    We can also work out a shared breakfast and dinner if you want to. I usually do coffee/oatmeal and some kind of backpacker's dinner + hot chocolate in the evening.
    Let me know whatcha thinkin...
    -Cheryl

    May 17, 2010

  • Miles

    FYI, it looks like the weather is going to be clear and in the mid-60's. I'm not sure about how the snow has cleared as the weather has been weird this spring. A few weeks ago it was clear at lake level. Deep swampy sections are a sure thing, bring something you can hike those sections in in order to keep your boots dry.

    May 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the trail head that we are starting at and what route are we planning on taking?

    Thanks!

    April 7, 2010

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Your organizer's refund policy for Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Lake Vernon loop.

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: You will be refunded $20 at the trailhead. $5 pays for the permit.

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