Nine miles down, a couple hundred to go

We’ve just returned from a John Muir Trail send-off event. Our hiking buddy Paige and her daughter Taylor began their JMT adventure this weekend and we were lucky enough to join them on the first night. They’ll be on the trail for the next three weeks – unfortunately we only had one night to enjoy it. I sure wish I’d been able to head down the trail with them this morning instead of back to the car.

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Smith Peak overnight in Yosemite (south Hetch Hetchy region)

Smith Peak Views

Smith Peak Views

David and I just got back from a great overnight in Yosemite. Although Tioga road is slowly being cleared out there is still no overnight parking allowed, so most people are heading to the low country for backpacking right now. We decided to head there too, except we had a different trailhead in mind than the masses. The ranger at the Hetch Hetchy entrance said there were 60 people heading into Rancheria Falls, but no one heading in our way – toward Smith Peak on the south side of the reservoir.

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