I was holding out hope that the epic overnight trip covering a lot of miles and some cross-country travel I had planned for this weekend would work out, but this year’s late snow cover would make it more epic than I wanted. So, at the last minute I trolled my Yosemite friends for conditions and switched plans to an easy overnighter from a low-traffic trailhead south of May Lake to a high-traffic camp area above Snow Creek.
We started out around 8500 ft where there was still some patchy snow cover, almost 100% coverage on north facing aspects. We actually parked at a stupid spot – a paved loop about .25 miles away from the actual trailhead, but when we couldn’t find the trail rather than look at the map we just assumed it was under snow and cross-countried until we ran into the actual trail. Looking at the map later on we realized our mistake. Oops.