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This five day trip covered 24.7 miles with elevation gains and losses of over 11,900 feet
route
Our route for the trip
3D-Route
A 3-D view of the route
1a-jim at dam
Day1: Jim at O'Shaughnessy Dam
1b-jon at dam
Jon prepares to depart
1c-jon above dam taking photo
Jon stops for a photo above the dam
1d-leaving hetch hetchy
Leaving the Hetch Hetchy dam area
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During the first day, we walked 5.4 miles and climbed about 2,750 feet
1e-fire at camp-1
Evening fire at Camp-1 which was located near Beehive Meadow on the trail to Vernon Lake
1f-morning at camp-1
Day 2: Morning coffee at Camp-1
1g-trail to vernon lake
The trail from Beehive to Vernon Lake
1h-arriving vernon lake
Arriving at Vernon Lake about 4:00pm
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The Day 2 walk was about 4 miles long with limited climbing, but we were still adjusting to the altitude
1i-exhausted upon arrival
A rest before camp chores
1j-camp-2 at vernon lake
The mosquitoes were voracious at Camp-2, but the deet repellent worked well
1k-camp-2 vertical at vernon lake
Preparing dinner at Camp-2
1l-by tent at vernon lake
Day 3: Breaking camp
1m-jim holds tent at vernon lake
Awe-inspiring strength
1n-jon taking picture on bridge at falls creek
Departing Vernon Lake, Jon stops for a photo on the bridge over Falls Creek
1o-falls creek near vernon lake
Falls Creek below the bridge
1p-jon on trail above vernon lake
Jon on the trail from Vernon Lake to the Tiltill Valley
1q-leaving vernon lake area
A final look back as we begin the climb out of the Vernon Lake basin
1r-flowering plant above vernon lake
A flowering plant struggles to survive on the granite rock face
1s-rugged trail above vernon lake
The climb becomes steeper
1t-jon dons shirt
The temperature drops as we ascend
1u-jon tucks shirt
As do Jon's pants
1v-pausing in forest meadow
Pausing as we enter the forest
1w-jon filling water bottle
Jon fills his water bottle
1x-jon the gypsy wagon
Traveling like a gypsy wagon
1y-cresting ridge enroute to tiltill valley
Cresting the ridge at about 7,600 feet elevation enroute to the Tiltill Valley below
1z-jon pausing in forest during descent
Jon pausing in the forest during descent
2a-hiker collision on trail
Another unfortunate hiker collision on the trail
2b-sky view from trail
Sky view from the trail
2c-jim lying on trail
Has Jim expired?
2d-jim back on the move
Apparently not... back on the trail
2e-continuing descent towards tiltill valley
Continuing our descent
2f-first view of the valley
Our first look at Tiltill Valley below
2g-arriving in the valley
Arriving in the valley late afternoon
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Day 3's walk was 6.6 miles long and involved about 3,200 feet of combined elevation gains and losses
Route2
Another look at our route
2h-jim polluting tiltill creek
Jim pollutes Tiltill Creek
2i-jon drying feet
A refreshing break after a day on the trail
2j-bottom of creek bed
The Tiltill Creek stream bed
2k-creekside vegetation
Creekside vegetation in the afternoon sunlight
2l-camp-3 morning of day 4
Day 4 begins at Camp-3
2m-coffee at camp-3
Coffee helps take the chill out of the morning air
2n-jon prepares to depart
Jon prepares to depart
2o-valley scene in morning
A morning view of the valley
2p-departing camp-3
Heading east through the valley
2q-jon enters lush undergrowth
Jon enters the lush undergrowth
2r-ferns abound
Early season ferns abound
2s-jon crosses the valley floor
Jon crosses the valley floor. The snow melt had just receeded to the point where this crossing was possible.
2t-vegetation obscures the trail
Thick vegetation obscures the trail
2u-sign at other side of the valley
Trail marker at the valley's center
2v-unnamed peak above valley
An unnamed peak looms ahead
2w-bog-like conditions
Encountering bog-like conditions
2x-lily pond near trail (vert)
A beautiful lily pond presents itself
2y-lily pond near trail (horiz)
Another view of the pond
2z-jon pauses near creek
Jon pauses near a creek
4b-large lizard
A large lizard suns itself
3a-jon crosses log bridge
Crossing a log bridge
3b-jon takes photo after rattlesnake encounter
Jon pauses for a photo after surviving a rattlesnake encounter
4c-jim with branch
Jim inspects a curious wooden formation
4d-forget-me-nots
A patch of forget-me-nots
4e-trail marker
Trail intersection
4f-tiny yellow follows on rocks
Tiny yellow flowers flourish atop the granite
4g-fish jaw rock
Fish-jaw rock
3c-arriving at rancheria creek
Arriving at Rancheria Creek
3d-upstream from crossing point
Upstream from our crossing point
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We had traveled only 3 miles from Camp-3 but had descended 1,325 feet
3g-jim pumps more water
Jim filters camp water
3f-bear enters camp
A bear enters camp as we pop corn
3e-bear bag over creek
Our food is bear-bagged above the creek for the night
3k-rancheria creek in morning (horiz)
Day 5 breaks as sunlight illuminates Rancheria Falls
3l-rancheria creek in morning (vert)
Another view of the sun-struck falls
3h-coffee day-5 at camp-4
Our collective strength returns with strong camp coffee
3i-tent at camp-4
Our home at Camp-4
3j-kitchen at camp-4
Camp kitchen
3m-departing rancheria creek
The view above Rancheria Falls as we depart
3n-jon above rancheria creek
Jon pauses above the creek
4a-ponderosa pine
A Ponderosa pine towers overhead
3o-bridger over tiltill creek gorge
The bridge over the Tiltill Creek gorge
3p-first view of twin falls
Our first view of the twin falls near the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir
3q-bottom of wapama falls
Wapama Falls
3r-bottom of tueeulalafalls
Bottom of Tueeulala Falls
3s-view of kolana rock near hetch hetchy
A view of Kolana Rock above the reservoir
3t-jon at dam tunnel
Jon at the tunnel near the dam
3u-view of dam spillway
A view of the spillway below the O'Shaughnessy Dam
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The Day 5 walk was about 6 miles long with lots of ups and downs
Route3
A final look at our route
3v-back at car
The end of a great trip
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