|Trip Date: 08/20/2015
Distance: 6.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 1400'
Group Size: 8
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
|Our starting point for the day at our campsite near the base of Fletcher Peak. Just outside of the frame to the left is the tranquil Fletcher Lake.|
|Bob, Phil, Lee, and Gail ready to set off on the day's adventure.
|Our first good view of Vogelsang Lake, showing the green in the distance which is the stand of White Pine that indicates where to turn off the main trail.|
|Hikers in our group making their way up the early part of the trail, with Vogelsang Lake just visible to the upper right.|
the climb up above and past the lake, a look back at Fletcher Peak on
the right and Mt. Conness far in the distance beyond Tuolumne Meadows.
|Yours truly hanging out along the trail above the lake.|
|Our group making its way up the last part of the trail before cutting off along the cross country section.
|A look back from where we came in the foreground, as well as back toward Tuolumne Meadows far in the distance in front of the mountain range behind.|
|A look up to the west toward the top of Vogelsang Peak, and the draw which will be climbed up to the gap in the left and then the rest of the way up the ridgeline.|
|At the saddle was a perfectly clear view of the Clark Range which stretches off to the south west. By the next day this view was obscured by a fire which just started in Kings Canyon NP.|
|Others in the group making their way up the draw, as far to the right side along the way as possible.|
|Starting up the last part of the ridgeline toward the top we spotted another person already enjoying the views from the peak.|
|Our group paused for a moment at the saddle to enjoy one last break (and the views) before heading up the last part to the top of Vogelsang Peak.|
|A few members of our group took some extra time to really soak in the amazing location.|
|Finally at the top, our group got to enjoy pretty phenominal views in all directions.|
|Our friend Maddie, from Australia, just couldn't contain her enthusiasm for the location and beauty at the top of the mountain.|
|This is an interesting telephoto shot from the peak showing our campsite far below, just to the left of the lake.|
|A look south from the peak to nearby Mt. Lyell, the tallest mountain in the entire park. There are no less than six visible lakes in this one amazing view.|
|Looking west from the peak shows Emeric Lake in the foreground, a long ago location for the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, as well as iconic Half Dome and even El Capitan visible far in the distance on the left side.|
|Looking east from the peak, this shows the draw that was climbed on the way up as well as the saddle on the upper right side where we had our last break before the final ascent.|
|Members of our group making their way carefully back down the draw, as well as a couple others not in our group who decided not to continue on to the peak.|
|Gail and Maddie picking their way carefully through some of these car-sized rocks.|
|GPS Track of the full hike.|