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Hetch Hetchy June 2019

Postby huynguyen1 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:34 pm

Heading to Hetch Hetchy on June 6 and wondering if you think Tueeulala and Wapama will be passable. Is it worth checking out Rancheria Creek above the footbridge; Is it even accessible? Is Le Conte Point worth bagging? Is the trail toward/next to Rancheria Mountain scenic or so-so? Looking to avoid Tiltill because we were there a few years back and it'll probably be sodden anyway. Any ideas for day hikes from a Rancheria Falls base camp would be much appreciated. For your troubles, here's an East Lake trip report from 2017 that I finally just completed: http://yellowbelliedmarmot.tumblr.com. I have two young boys, so it takes a while to post!
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Re: Hetch Hetchy June 2019

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:15 am

I doubt Wapama will be passable that early. There is another five feet of snow about to drop this week, after the many feet of previous weeks. We're currently above average for snowpack. You could always go up Beehive and wander up to Vernon or Laurel. Eventually you run into the same problems tho, high creeks, and there will still be feet of snow up higher.
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Re: Hetch Hetchy June 2019

Postby huynguyen1 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:43 pm

Thanks. Any suggestions for other early season hikes in Yosemite or surrounding areas? I know the Happy Isles trailhead's quotas are filled, so that's out. Was thinking of the Crabtree trail, but it's not listed as an early season candidate in the Sierra North guide by Wilderness Press. Any ideas would be much appreciated.
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Re: Hetch Hetchy June 2019

Postby AlmostThere » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:01 pm

Anywhere in the Sierra will have high water in any creek you cross. That will be true in Emigrant, in Yosemite, everywhere.

Jennie Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, the southeastern portion of Yosemite, all tend to have less troublesome creeks to cross, but caution should always be used while the snow is melting, particularly if the water is more than knee deep and very fast.

Happy Isles will always be full, because people are very hopeful of doing the JMT, but I would bet you there will be enough snow in the high country in early June that the reserved permits will be abandoned in epic numbers, and unclaimed permits are free and available for walk ins. You could go up the Merced River for a couple of days and come back for a beautiful trip, if you don't want to go higher in elevation into the solid snow.
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Re: Hetch Hetchy June 2019

Postby huynguyen1 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:23 pm

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your feedback. I have two young boys, thus I'm only afforded four days to go backpacking each year so I really want to dial it in! I posted some questions in the "Outside Yosemite" section of this forum if you're still willing to offer free advice. Thanks!
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