Last weekend I headed into Yosemite for an overnight backpack along Chilnualna Creek. There were eight of us and it was great fun. I’m not going to write out a full trail report since I did it approximately one year ago. However, I wanted to drop in a quick post here with a link to pictures since they clearly show 1) the wildflowers currently in bloom and 2) the water level along Chilnualna Creek. The creek was definitely raging – while it made for quite a beautiful experience, it skunked us on the fishing.
As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, the water levels are very high this year due to the heavy snow pack. The water in the creek was about the same as it was last year, except this year we visited nearly a month later and we didn’t have a rainstorm to fuel the churning water. So yes, the water definitely is high. Perhaps the biggest difference I noticed was the water level in a small side creek that feeds Chilnualna Creek. Last year I remember hopping across it on a few rocks. This year it was a knee-deep wide crossing in icy cold water. Of course, as soon as I got across I noticed my friends locating a convenient fallen log upstream. Oh well, frozen toes build character. Or something.
- Last year’s report (including a track of the trail)