Canyon to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp Hike
|Trip Date: 08/19/2015
Distance: 11.2 Miles
Vertical Gain: 350'
Group Size: 6
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|At the John Muir Trailhead near Tuolumne Lodge. The mileage to Vogelsang here is about 5 miles shorter than the path we took up Lyell Canyon.|
|Crossing the river just past
the trailhead, and saying goodbye to most of the only people we saw
along the way.
|Starting up the Lyell Canyon is where the topography really opens up into a wide, glacially-carved valley.|
|These pack mule trains are the primary method for getting supplies to and from the High Sierra Camps during the summer months. It's wise to give them a wide berth along the way.|
|For the five miles hiked
through the Lyell Canyon, there is very little elevation gain, and lots
of water. Even in this drought year. It is a good
idea to stay hydrated and carbo-load in preparation for what lies ahead.
|Potter Point is an impressive peak jutting out above the trail, which the path to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp splits just in front of. However, it does feel like you are climbing this peak (and more) on the second half of this trail.|
|Extremely necessary, and very
welcome are short rests as the trail begins to gain significant
elevation after leaving the long stretch of Lyell Canyon far below.
|The advantage of constant climbing is that the views open up tremendously. Across the valley to our east are Ragged Peak, White Mountain, and Gaylor and Tioga Peaks in the distance.|
|And the views got even better and further as we made our way up to the elevation (but still a mile from) Ireland Lake.|
|Finally we got high enough to see Mt. Conness and the range which separated us from the 20 lakes basin to the east.|
|Finally reaching Evelyn Lake, the majority of the climb for the day was over and it was just another mile and a half to camp.|
|Past Evelyn Lake the trail stayed mostly level, heading toward Fletcher Peak, which the Vogelsang HSC is situated at the base of.|
|Below Fletcher Peak was the welcome sight of tent cabins at the Vogelsang HSC. After checking in we went out and found a good campsite to set up and finally rest after a very long, strenuous hike up from Tuolumne Meadows.|
|From our campsite we could plan our route up to the top of Vogelsang Peak (on the left,) which was to be our destination for the hike the next day.|
|This sunset from camp was our reward for the hard work put in on the day. As was the fantastic meal of salmon we had at the camp that night.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|