2014 – Sierra High Rte, Mammoth to Tuolumne

In 2009 we hiked a big section of the Sierra High Route described in Steve Roper’s book: Sierra High Route, Traversing Timberline Country.  We hiked from South Lake near Bishop, California to Mammoth Lakes.  In 2014 we hiked another section.

This trip started at Devils Postpile National Monument near Mammoth Lakes and ended at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park.  The trip was about 70 kilometers of which 40% was off trail, cross country hiking.  We followed the route as described in Steve Roper’s book.  We took 11 days including a very short day at the end and a day off in the middle.

This trip was a first for us in an important way.  We did not want to carry 11 days of food and we could not place caches by helicopter as we normally would.  For the first time we hired a horse packer, Frontier Pack Train, to meet us about halfway along the trip with six days of supplies.  This worked very well.

On the trip with us were Doug, Irene, and Marilyn with whom we’ve done many other trips.  Also on the trip was Marilyn’s sister, Judy.  This was Judy’s first overnight hike.  (What was she thinking?)  Judy did just fine as did the rest of us even though we found the off trail section to be more challenging than the 2009 trip.

You can see a Google Earth tour video of our 2014 route here. A Google Earth tour video of the entire High Sierra Route can be viewed here.

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