gkam2 wrote:Thanks for the information guys. After doing some research I'm proposing to my hiking partner that we go to
Day 1 - HI to Half Dome to Clouds to Tenaya Lake
Day 2 - Tenaya Lake up to May Lake then do Mount Hoffman then back down to Tuolumne Meadows
Day 3 - TMeadows to Sunrise lakes
Day 4 - Sunrise Lakes to HI
Does anyone have a estimate on how many miles that is?
And whats the cheapest/best water filter you know of? Those words probably don't go to together but it helps
On filters, not sure what's the cheapest/best, but I like my Katydn Hiker.
On your itinerary. Definitely get a trail map and scope it out not just for mileage but for elevation changes. For example, Day 1 is going to be about 19 miles plus a massive elevation gain (HI is 4100ft - CRest is 9920ft) w/ a full backpack (plus add 1K up and 1K down for going up HD and back down to CR trail). Personally, not my idea of fun.
Also check out the wilderness regs. to see if you can do what you want to do. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildregs.htm
For example, wilderness camping at Tenaya lake is not really an option b/c you have to be 1 mile from the road. Might want to consider camping near the 1st Sunrise Lake off the CR/Sunrise trail junction.
Day 2 would be long too. Unless you're hiking along the road, it's at least 16 miles by trail to TM and that doesn't include the Mt. Hoffman excursion. Note too that you can't wilderness camp w/in 4 miles of TM. Might have to keep going to Catehdral Lakes or stop before TM (e.g., Glen Aulin area).
Days 3/4 sound doable, but the adjustments to above may change things for you.
Above all, beware that a permit from HI is going to be pretty tough to come by. May need to rethink entry/exit points.