At the end of June I was lucky enough to go back country hiking in Yosemite for a week. I’d been before but this was the first time I got to explore properly (as opposed to the couple of day hikes I did first time). We packed up our backpacks, filled our bear canisters (sealed containers in which you have to keep your food and toiletries) and headed off onto the trails.
This year’s massive snowfall meant that even at the end of June there was still a decent amount of snow there – so much so that we had to change our planned route 3 times as most of our first loop was under 12 FEET of snow still! In the end we headed up past Nevada fall, up past the base of Half Dome (where the cables were still down – the snow meant that they were put up super late this year), over to Lake Merced and then Washburn Lake. There was a LOT of water on some of the trails thanks to all the snow melt so often we were climbing across logs over streams and trying not to fall in!
On the last day I went trail riding which was also very fun – a nice change of pace to have someone else’s legs doing the work 😉 Even if you’re not a rider I always recommend this as a great way of touring somewhere – the horse or mule usually knows the trail like the back of their hand (hoof?) and being that bit higher up you get a totally different perspective.
The park is one of the most beautiful spots on Earth and only about a 3 hour drive from San Francisco, so if you’re in the area, don’t miss it!