Welcome to this edition of
California Mountain Adventures!!
In this adventure I went east from Yosemite and out into the Long Valley Caldera. Along the drive I decided to stop and spend my day climbing to the summit of...
After hiking out from the Sunrise lakes I drove back up through Tuolumne meadows and exited Yosemite national park via Tioga pass. Once over the pass I decided to make a side trip up the road up to Saddlebag lake so I could check that area out. On the way up I stopped at the Gardisky lake trailhead and made the hike up the trail to Gardisky lake and then kept climbing all the way up to Tioga peak(11,526')! The trail to the lake was steep, but short. And the climb from the lake to the peak was even steeper, but it was a straightforward easy class 1 slope. The views from the top were, of course, absolutely amazing. Overlooking Tioga pass with Mt. Dana towering on the far side, as well as views of the east sides of White mountain and Mt. Conness where I had just been climbing a few days earlier!!
Gardisky Lake trailhead
Views from the Gardisky Lake trail
Climbing the northern slopes of Tioga Peak
Looking back down at Gardisky Lake
Views looking south from Tioga peak
Views looking northwest from Tioga peak
After enjoying the views from the summit I headed back down to Gardisky lake and tried some trout fishing without much luck. So I hiked back down to the trailhead and finished the drive up to Saddlebag lake. The water level in the lake was really low, but it was still pretty nice place. After that I headed back to Tioga road and down the east side of the pass to Lee Vining. From there I caught Route 395 south passed Mammoth into the Long Valley Caldera where I spent the rest of the day (and the next few days) checking out all the awesome hot springs out there!!
Dropping back down to Gardisky Lake
Back at Gardisky Lake
Low water at Saddlebag Lake
Lee Vining Creek
Descending the east side of Tioga pass
Little Hot Creek hot springs in the Long Valley Caldera
Hot Creek and the eastern Sierra Nevada
And that's going to be it for this
California Mountain Adventure!
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