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Yosemite: Where To Go and What To Do (1888) by George G. MacKenzie


CHAPTER IX.

Camping Tours.

The following tours require the traveler to be provided with a pack-horse and a camping outfit. The latter may be a very slight affair. A sufficiency of bedding should be had, but canned edibles, and others needing little preparation by cooking, may be taken, thus preventing the need of many utensils. Bedding and other parts of the outfit may be obtained for temporary use in the Valley. Edible provisions may be bought at the store in the Valley. Horses will be furnished at special rates by the person authorized to supply them. One pack-horse will carry an outfit for several people. A guide is indispensable to persons not familiar with mountain travel.

The furthest objective point is Mt. Dana. Travel over these routes is generally possible from the beginning of May until the end of October.

To Mt. Dana (Five Days).—First Day—Lake Tenayah by Eagle Peak trail as directed in No. 18, preceding chapter. 16 miles.

Second Day—Tuolumne Meadows, Soda Springs, and foot of Mt. Dana. 18 miles. See chapter on the High Sierra.

Third Day—Ascend Mt. Dana, and again camp at foot. 16 miles, or less according to camp ground.

Fourth Day—Back by road to lower end of Tuolumne Meadows; thence by Cathedral Valley trail to Long Meadow or any convenient camp ground. About 15 miles.

Fifth Day—To Yosemite Valley by Nevada and Vernal Falls. About 17 miles.

To Mt. Dana (Six Days).—Same as foregoing, except that on the day after arrival at Tenayah the ascent of Mt. Hoffmann should be made, and a second night passed at Tenayah.

To Mt. Lyell.—The same route as that to Dana as far as Soda Springs, whence keep up the right hand branch of the Tuolumne River. Returning, follow directions for Dana trip. Time the same.

Grand Tour (Ten Days).—First Day—Lake Tenayah by Eagle Peak trail.

Second Day—Ascend Mt. Hoffmann and return to Tenayah.

Third Day—By Tuolumne Meadows to foot of Mt. Dana.

Fourth Day—Ascent of Dana.

Fifth Day—Base of Mt. Lyell.

Sixth Day—Ascent of Lyell.

Seventh Day—Return to Soda Springs.

Eighth Day—To Little Yosemite.

Ninth Day—Ascend Cloud’s Rest and return to Little Yosemite.

Tenth Day—To Valley by way of Glacier Point or Nevada Fall.



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