Rancheria Falls and Flowers

Spring is here and it's time to hit the trails again!

This will be a relaxing 3day/2night trip to Rancheria Falls in Hetch Hetchy. The middle day will serve as a layover day with options for exploring further up past the falls, looking for Indian artifacts in Tiltill Valley, or just taking it easy.

We will hike in on Saturday morning and out Monday. I will be camping at the backpackers camp on Friday night as well. I have six permits, with four available. Bear cans are required, and can be rented at the entrance station if you don't have your own.

I will have a lottery on Sunday afternoon (4/15) to determine the permit distribution and will post up the results then.

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  • Chris

    It was 85 degrees in the day, so no issues with snow! All crossings were fine. It's a good time to go!

    April 27, 2012

  • Mike

    How did this trip go? Did you get blocked by any creek crossings? or snow?

    April 27, 2012

  • Chris

    A couple more things... There is a $5 fee to camp at the backpackers campground. I'm not collecting money so be prepared to pay it to the Ranger when you arrive. There are a some requests for carpools. Please try to work that out amongst yourselves. Omi and I will leave Fri morning and may be able to take one more if really needed, but the car is small! Alex is willing to drive others, but needs to be back Sunday night.

    April 18, 2012

  • Chris

    The best meeting place is the backpackers campground at Hetch Hetchy. The Rangers at the entrance will direct you to the correct parking location. The campground there is relatively small, so chances are there won't be many others besides us. The turnoff to reach HH is along Hwy120, just a few miles before the main Yosemite entrance station. Omi and I will be there by 6pm, if not earlier.

    April 17, 2012

  • Alex L

    Hi Chris, do we have a meeting place?

    April 17, 2012

  • Chris

    I don't expect to do any snow camping. This trip does not climb that high, and currently the forecast is for day time temperatures near 80. The basic hike is like this: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/rancheria-falls We'll be adding an extra day in the middle to go past the falls and/or up to Tilltill Valley.

    April 16, 2012

  • chloe

    Hey guys, not sure if Dave RSVPed or not - but are you planning on snow camping? I'm assuming so but wanted to check.

    April 16, 2012

  • burtonator

    Wow... I'm totally fail on this one... #18 lol

    April 15, 2012

  • Alex L

    Hey Sarah if I get to go you can ride with me. I'm in SF.

    April 15, 2012

  • Chris

    Omi and I are planning to arrive at the HH Backpacker's camp by 6pm on Fri evening, and will camp the night there. Please note that there is a $5 fee per person to camp there. Unfortunately, we do not have room to assist with additional car pooling, so please make those arrangements amongst yourselves as needed. For those going, please also let me know if you will be arriving Fri night or Sat morning so that we can plan accordingly. The weather for the trip is looking great!

    April 15, 2012

  • Chris

    Okay, the lottery results are in! Because I only have six permits, positions 1-5 are in, and the rest will be put on the wait list. Please confirm within 24 hours if you can make the trip so that others can go if space is available.
    1. Omi
    2. Jennifer
    3. Dave
    4. Sarah
    5. chloe
    6. laura
    7. Melissa
    8. Alex L
    9. Amy
    10. David E
    11. lily han
    12. John
    13. Anthony Weston
    14. Brandon Angelo
    15. Jaime
    16. joyce
    17. janet
    18. burtonator
    19. Grant

    April 15, 2012

  • burtonator

    I'm down to go... @Ian Brownlee... I can drive. What is the car situation? I have a car and live in SOMA in SF ... 2 blocks from Caltrain.

    I bought my car specifically for Yosemite so this works well :)

    Also... my first bay area backpacking meet up so should be fun.

    April 14, 2012

  • Chris

    Thanks everyone for the interest in this trip! Because more people are signed up than I have permits for, everyone has been moved to the wait list. On Sunday afternoon I will have a lottery to distribute the permits and will re-update the list at that time. Following that, we can discuss carpools and exact meeting locations. Thanks for your understanding.

    April 9, 2012

  • Alex L

    Is there an exact location where we are meeting at?

    April 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to come on this hike, but I'd need a ride. I live in Mountain View, but I can get anywhere that Caltrain goes. Can anyone offer me a ride from a Caltrain station?

    April 9, 2012

  • Chris­ changed the date and time from Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM to Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    April 3, 2012

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