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Hiking up the 4 mile trail in spring

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Hiking up the 4 mile trail in spring

Postby cthenn » Tue Feb 05, 2008 6:04 pm

I'm planning to go to Yosemite in early May, and I'd like to hike up the 4 mile trail. I assume there will still be areas of snow and maybe ice, and the trail may still be "officially" closed, but just how dangerous is it? I know some people still hike it when it is closed in early spring, but how much of a risk would I really be taking? Obviously any fall could be disaster, but do I need to get crampons or take any special precautions, or should I just wait until summer?

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Postby Grzldvt » Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:30 pm

There is one spot about the 3 mile mark, where snow piles up into a corner and it becomes very dangerous. One slide and you get down to the Valley floor quickly.
I would make sure it is opened before trying i.
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