2767Where to aim for first two night's camp out of Happy Isles?
- Jul 30, 2008My itinerary is 15 days total; 8 to Muir Trail Ranch, but I want to
start out slow and easy. Past experience tells me that a gentle break
in on the first two days makes the trip much more enjoyable. I'll
begin with only 2 days food and resupply via mail at Tuolumne. The
plan is to spend two nights between Happy Isles and Tuolumne, pick up
my mail drop in the morning after hiking a few miles, then make the
upper end of Lyell Canyon for night three.
I'll arrive via Amtrak at 8:00 PM and be in the Valley permit line at
0:dark:30 the next morning to get a first-come permit. According to
http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildcond.htm the wilderness
office opens at 7:30. 12 first-come permits for Little Yosemite
Valley and 4 for "Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass-through)"
are available. Does that mean I need one of the "pass-through"
permits if I want to hike more than 6 miles the first day?
Given all this, which permit sounds most reasonable and what does
everyone suggest for the first two night camp spots? Is Little
Yosemite Valley to be avoided for camping?
Aug 10 start
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