- Dec 17, 2013View SourceBy the time you get into the valley you'll already be adjusting to the altitude. And the heat. It'll no doubt be in the 80's or more and while jumping on the trail around four still gives you about four good hours to get up to LYV, I'd just stay in the valley.There's also the fact that you just flew cross-country which ought to put a lag in your step,so again, I'd just enjoy a night in the valley.Drain your retirement account with a few $10 beers over in Curry Village.Or am I missing something here...DO YOU PLAN on getting a "walk up" permit??? I'd so, at about 3 pm your options might be very limited or none at all other than getting in line early next morning.If you get in and do an afternoon pass thru on LYV, you're looking at getting up just past the half dome junction and at least a 5-6 hour uphill grind, with no doubt the last hour or more in the dark.I did GP for the first time last year and it was great. I'd certainly recommend it but the best way to get there is to spend $25 for the bus that takes an hour. Do your research, but I caught the 10 a.m. and was on the trail by 11---lots of very casual downhill with lovely classic views and very little uphill, versus starting at HI.Also, from the GP trailhead I probably encountered four people before I got to the falls and the junction and hit all the HD traffic.I think there was an 8 a.m., 10 a.m. , 1pm and....maybe a 3 pm, but again, do your research.by spending the night in the valley, you'll be able, if required of you, to get to sunrise, but it'll no doubt be a hot one and as others have said "it's all uphill" and take advantage of every water source you find after the HD junction as this is one of those dry stretches where you see water in the map, but the reality by season to season is a little different. That said, all the usual sources have been in place, minus one, since I started doing it in 96.Ha, I just re-read your post and realized you're coming from L.A. ........ I wouldn't be making any strict time frames.Bob Shattuck
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"Hike HI to LYV. Its only 4 miles."
Sure it is, only straight up.
I'd stay in the backpackers camp in the valley that night.
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> I will flying from NY to LA and meeting my hiking partner who will be picking me up at airport. If we arrive at Yosemite at 2:30 does it make sense to start hiking so we can start to adjust to altitude.
> I was thinking of these options.
> 1) Hike HI to LYV. Its only 4 miles.
> 2) Hike HI to Illilouette
> 3) Hike HI to LYV pass thru and stop first legal stop after LYV
> 4) Hike GP to Illilouette, Not sure how to get to GP or even makes any sense.