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Hiking from Quartz Mountain Trailhead to Wawona

Postby SnowdoniaWales » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:24 pm

Has anyone hiked/backpacked from Quartz Mountain trailhead to Wawona through Chilnualna Falls?
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Re: Hiking from Quartz Mountain Trailhead to Wawona

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Sep 29, 2016 7:33 pm

Sure.

It means you have to rent a bear can from somewhere other than the park, of course, and you can't take a dog with you. And someone has to pick you up and drive you for an hour and a half on variably-paved and unpaved roads, to get back to the vehicle you left there, or you have to turn around and hike back. There's not a lot of scenery other than the reedy little lakes and the creek.

There was a fire in the Chilnualna area, this year, so there may be a section of trail that's closed.
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Re: Hiking from Quartz Mountain Trailhead to Wawona

Postby SnowdoniaWales » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:29 pm

Thank you for your response!!!

I was thinking of hiking it in one day. I would leave a car at the Chilnualna Falls trailhead and then someone would drop me off at Quartz Mountain trailhead.

It sounds like the views and the hiking trail(s) aren't great, but I would do it for the adventure, get to know another part of the park, and for exercise.

Thoughts?
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Re: Hiking from Quartz Mountain Trailhead to Wawona

Postby AlmostThere » Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:42 pm

How much driving do you have to do to get to Oakhurst? Wawona is about an hour from there. You'll drive to Wawona, backtrack- that's two hours, and then another hour to Quartz trailhead. How much daylight do you need?
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Re: Hiking from Quartz Mountain Trailhead to Wawona

Postby SnowdoniaWales » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:26 pm

Thank you. Good points on the travel time.

If I do it, I will bring the head lamp.

Thank you for your responses.
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