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Backpack Nelson Lake Via Elizabeth Lake (Yosemite National Park)

  • Sep 21, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Let's backpack Yosemite before the season ends.

We will spend Friday night at the Tuolomne Meadows backpacking camp. Saturday morning we take the trail to Elizabeth lake. The first 2.2 miles is a standard trail, but from Elizabeth Lake we continue on an unofficial use trail over a saddle to Echo Creek Valley and follow it south-west towards Nelson Lake. Saturday night we camp near Nelson lake (fires not permitted at the lake). Sunday we head via Reymann Lake cross-country to the saddle east of the lake and then down to the Rafferty Creek trail and back to Tuolomne Meadows.. Total distance around 14 miles (at least 3 miles of this will be off-trail) with about 3000 ft total elevation gain. Parts of the trip will be strenuous.

We have five open spots on a permit for a total of eight people. I'm bringing two guests. I'll leave it open until Monday, August 26th for people to RSVP.  If we have more than five people trying to get on, then we'll do a lottery.  We'll have a deposit for those who are on the "yes" list.

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  • Vlad

    I was really looking forward to backpacking in Yosemite, but this trip was absolutely awesome! I enjoyed every minute of it: the trails, lakes, mountain peaks, our campsite with a bald eagle, deer, schools of fish in the crystal-clear water... Then, after a sudden snowfall, our late-summer hike turned into backpacking in a winter forest and snow-covered mountains. It was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you so much, Josh, Al, Eric, and Ann! I can’t wait to go backpacking with you again!!

    September 23, 2013

  • Amy

    Josh, I am at the TM campground with a fellow buddy with a permit to youngs lake by himself. If you don't see me at the wilderness center at 8, you don't need to wait for me. If I don't see you in the morning, have a great time with you friends! Amy

    September 20, 2013

  • Vlad

    Hi guys,

    Can anyone give me a ride there on Friday? Any Bart station works for me (anytime on Friday). Please let me know. Thanks!!!

    September 18, 2013

    • Amy

      Vlad, I will be carpooling with a friend who offered to drive, and we plan to leave mid afternoon on Thursday. Amy

      September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,
    I changed my rsvp to "no" because I sadly couldn't find a rise that works with my work hours. Enjoy the trip!!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Carpool update: I am picking Elizabeth up at Dublin Bart at 3PM. Now that Karis is out, we'll get a new person on the attendee list. New person: if you want a ride from Dublin Bart at 3PM on Friday, get in touch! Alternatively, if you're driving from North Bay and can carpool with Elizabeth, coordinate with her, and I can go with south bay folk.

    September 16, 2013

    • Vlad

      Meira, Dublin Bart station at 3:00 p.m. on Friday works well for me. Is it still available? Please confirm.

      September 17, 2013

    • Vlad

      Elizabeth, any Bart station is OK for me. However, due to a car issue I can't drive to Yosemite. So, I need a ride.

      September 17, 2013

  • Vlad

    Hi all, I'm finally in))

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RIDES: I am still hoping to find a carpool from SF or any where along public transportation lines from SF. Please let me know if you are driving from there or know of anyone else who is! Alternatively, a couple of us may rent a car from SF, so if you don't have a ride and would like in on that, let me know as well.

    September 15, 2013

  • Giulia

    I'll leave my spot to someone else. Something came up and I can't join you for this trip. Have fun.

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FOOD: Is everyone bringing all their own meals, or anyone want to combine forces?

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would love to share a bear can with you. And I'll go ahead with solo food. Thanks!

      September 9, 2013

  • Amy

    It's up to Josh to manage wait list, see below. I hate to say the fire is not out yet.

    September 9, 2013

  • Anthony W.

    I'm going to drop off the trip, it looks like I have to work that weekend as luck would have our database conversion dates have changed and I'm going to have my hands full on Saturday. It sounds like a great trip, enjoy the trek, I wish I could go.

    September 9, 2013

  • Amy

    I plan to stay at a Tuolumne Meadows campsite on Thursday night (and can share) if anyone is up for arriving a day early. I may drive myself or carpool with a friend and either way will join the group on Friday evening.

    September 5, 2013

    • Amy

      So let me know if you are interested in leaving on Thursday...

      September 5, 2013

  • Anthony W.

    I'm driving up from Los Angeles so I'll just meet everyone at the trailhead.

    September 4, 2013

  • Josh

    All, I ran the lottery. here are the results. I'll send a separate email to the people on the "yes" list shortly. Thanks.

    1.Amy
    2.Giulia
    3.Karis
    4.Anthony Weston
    5.Elizabeth
    6.Meira
    7.Wade
    8.LouAnn
    9.Paul
    10.Srdjan
    11.Vlad
    12.Daphne
    13.Franz
    14.Meilissa
    15.Deepa
    16.Sabrina
    17.Rui
    18.Oren
    19.jack
    20.Noriko
    21.Gary
    22.Maureen
    23.Sheng
    24.Thejasvi
    25.Lenah
    26.Carl H
    27.Vitaly
    28.Jay
    29.Joe Tan

    August 28, 2013

  • Alice

    I have been wanting to get up to this area of Yosemite, so if the fires subside and a spot opens, I'd love to come along.

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I did almost this exact same trip a few years ago. Amazing. I have an alternative cross country route recommendation on the return to allow a summit of Johnson Peak. Josh, let's grab a beer in the city.

    August 24, 2013

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