Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy

A couple weekends ago I headed out to Yosemite with my friend Travis and his brother. This was my first wilderness experience camping in Yosemite, and even though it was just an over nighter – the experience was amazing! We hiked about 1.5 miles North up from Tioga Road on a fisherman’s path along the edge of Yosemite Creek (near the Ten Lakes trailhead) and found a perfect campsite near the river. On Saturday we drove out to the Hetch Hetchy reservoir and hiked up the switchbacks (exhausting) for some wonderful views of the valley and also over to the spectacular Wapama waterfall. I did some extra trail running on Beehive to Laurel Lake (16 miles?), and had a nice swim in the clear waters of a desolated lake. I’ll get some pictures posted as soon as I can get around to it… living amongst such beauty was spectacular. Close encounters: lizards, squirrels, rattle snake, another snake, deer, brown bear and a black bear.

Note: The Hetch Hetchy reservoir was created inside the National Park in 1923, and ever since John Muir and the Sierra Club have been lobbying to restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley (now submerged under 300 ft of water) to it’s natural state. Today the state just issued a report studying the feasibility and cost of such an action, estimating up to $10 billion.

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