Tuesday, July 24, 2007

From the archive: Nelson Lake Backpack

nelson lake panorama
Backpacking: Tuolumne Meadows to Nelson Lake, Yosemite, July 20th–23rd 2007

I had planned this 3 day trip since February and was going to go hell or high water (well almost) however I couldn't find anybody who was interested—the usual excuse being they don't want to take time off of work. But it's a 4+ hour drive from the bay area and to attempt to drive this and then hike for 5 to 6 hours, set up camp, sleep, tear down camp, hike back another 5 to 6 hours, and then drive home another 4+ hours seems like a ridiculous undertaking for just a Saturday and Sunday. Plus I wanted to add a pre-hike day to acclimatize (since this would be the highest elevation I've backpacked at before) which amounted to four days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. I finally found a hiking buddy willing to take the time off, Toru, who I met during a Sierra Club backpacking trip to Glen Aulin/Waterwheel Falls last July.

Trip Stats:

approx 12 miles round trip

elevation gain/loss (one way): +1674' -769'

highest point: 10,200'

lowest point: 8,600' Tuolumne Meadows

destination elevation: Nelson Lake, 9,600'

READ MORE: Nelson Lake, Yosemite National Park, Backpack July 2007 trip report (from my pre-blogger archives)