2007 Sierra Expedition
West of the Minarets
After some more thinking, I've fixed on a new plan for the coming summer, with two options, depending on the weather and the bugs. The first option, and the one I prefer, is a remote and interesting area between the Minarets and the Yosemite Park boundary, part of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We'd be packed in to Hemlock Crossing, at about 7,500 feet. From there, we'll take a variety of interesting day hikes. The second option is to follow part of the route Dan Vandersteen and I took in 2005, but take a different route for most of the hike.
This picture is from the 2005 trip. The preferred plan will take us to the area between the ridge in the center and the Minarets in the distance.
I'd originally thought of going a week later than this plan shows, but the earlier week is better for those I heard from, and having a fallback plan allows for dealing with the weather. If it turns out to be a dry winter, we'll do the first plan, since it involves lower-level camping in an area that will be buggy if wet. If it's a heavy snow year,we'll do the alternate, and higher, route. As of April 4, Sierra snowfall for the winter is at 33% of average for this date. It's definitely a light snowfall year.
You can look over the area on Google Earth. The coordinates for Twin Island Lake: N 37 41 339, W 119 14 001.
The coordinates for Harriet Lake are: N 37 40 243, W 119 18 280.
Here is a report of several hikes in the area:
Option 1 links:
Option 2 links:
For those who stumble across this page through a search engine, it's the planning page for a hiking group in Michigan. It is maintained by Randall Bytwerk (bytw2calvin.edu — replace the "2" with a "@").