Home A - Z FAQ Bookstore Art Prints Online Library Discussion Forum Muir Weather Maps Lodging About Search
CalHotels.US--online reservations now CalHotels.US Lowest Hotel Rates Guaranteed. Click Here For Yours!
Hotel photos, maps, reviews, & discount rates.

U.S. Hotels in California (Yosemite, L. A., San Francisco ), AL, AK, AR, AS, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, FM, GA, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OK, NV, MH, MP, NM, NC, ND, OH, OR, PA, PR, PW, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI WA, WV, WI, WY

[Yosemite]

henness ridge drive

Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in Yosemite National Park

Moderators: Wickett, dan

henness ridge drive

Postby beerforcat@comcast.net » Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:58 pm

Hi everone,

I was looking at Google earth for a possible backpacking trip in May an saw henness ridge drive. I have not seen any mention of this road in backpacking guides and online backpacking resources. The I was wondering if there is trail head parking on the road(if there is no snow)? Any one packed out from the road?
Thanks
Paul
beerforcat@comcast.net
Newbie
Newbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:46 pm

Re: henness ridge drive

Postby dan » Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:40 pm

beerforcat@comcast.net wrote:I was looking at Google earth for a possible backpacking trip in May an saw henness ridge drive. I have not seen any mention of this road in backpacking guides and online backpacking resources. The I was wondering if there is trail head parking on the road(if there is no snow)?


I never backpacked on the road, but skied part of it in Winter. It's a closed dirt road (the part east of Highway 41). There's room for a few cars off the pavement, and there's a paved parking lot a quarter mile north or so at Chinquapin (junction with Glacier Point Road).

The part I skied in Winter was from the top of the ski area (Tempo Dome) down Strawberry Creek ski trail (unmarked, unmaintained), then skied out on the relatively-flat dirt road.

I know some people who backpacked to the end of the road at Deer Camp (Empire Meadow) and continued on to Chilnualna Fall then ended up at Wawona. Personally, I consider it kind of boring--lots of overgrown thick white fir forest. I understand there's some fine sugar pine stands back there, but I haven't seen them first-hand. There may be ruins of the old ranger station at Deer Camp (I'm not sure if it's well-preserved or just a pile of rotting logs).

Other low-country areas to consider are Chilnualna Fall (although it's a bear of a hike--lots of uphill from Wawona), Tuolumne Grove and beyond (may be too close for a backpack), the old, original Big Oak Flat Road staring at Tamarack Campground or Foresta Junction and head to El Capitan (and beyond to Yosemite Fall or return), and Hetch Hetchy area.
Last edited by dan on Sun Nov 25, 2007 11:49 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
dan
Veteran-poster
Veteran-poster
 
Posts: 773
Joined: Sat Jan 20, 2007 9:06 pm
Location: California, USA

Re: henness ridge drive

Postby beerforcat@comcast.net » Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:42 am

dan wrote:
Other low-country areas to consider are Chilnualna Fall (although it's a bear of a hike--lots of uphill from Wawona),


Thats what i was hoping to avoid the climb up that way. I was hoping i could drive to the end of the road and hike out from there to the chilnualna lakes there by starting at 6600 ft instead of 4200 ft.
beerforcat@comcast.net
Newbie
Newbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Nov 24, 2007 2:46 pm


Return to Yosemite Hiking & Backpacking

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest