Hiking Yosemite National Park
by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Suzanne Swedo/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
If uphill is your thing, then this is the trail for you. My wife and I started at Big Oak Flat rd. First part is through burned out forest. The forest is not pretty, but the abundance of wild flowers in the spring are. All the downed trees and dead wood is a haven for snakes. we saw at least 4 scurry across the trail in front of us. Anyway it's all uphill to tamarac flats and then you get about a mile of downhill with 2 stream crossings to the el cap trail. We got about 1 1/2 miles from ribbon meadows and bonked out, and we're strong backpackers, but The altitude, several miles of uphill and some mild dehydration did us in. Found an enormous ledge and camped on it overnight with awesome views of the valley. Had one bear come about 50 yards from camp, and awoke to a dozen mule deer grazing the ledge around our tent. Sorry can't help you past here. We packed out that morning the way we came. A great hike. good luck.
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