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backpacking
19 days ago

One of the most strenuous and challenging trips I’ve done but it was absolutely beautiful. This was my first backpacking trip (about 3 years ago) and i was thoroughly unprepared for the steep elevation gain but man, did it pay off. The trail did not have too much traffic, perhaps because of an impending thunderstorm. We got to have the whole lake to ourselves and it was truly an incredible experience. We planned on crossing red peak pass but the thunder rolled back in so deemed it unwise to traverse over the unprotected ridge and chose to spend an extra day at the lake and turn back.

TIPS:
BUG REPELLENT I wore lots and still got eaten alive
Beware of bears, as always, but we saw a momma and her cub, they had been hiding and peaked around the corner when we were already way too close for comfort.

Parking is used for glacier point traffic control and it wasn’t available for park and hike. I went to McGurk meadow trail head to start and hoped I could trace this trail back, but the trail is washed out and it wasn’t traceable. I went back and came the same McGurk back. This 9 miles round trip was great, but I don’t recommend to use this trail.

Don’t let Keynes photos fool you. This is a dirt road track following the forests river/ falls. Not much shade. You are basically hiking through the remains of a forest fire from several years ago. It’s not a terrible hike but there are much better ones around. My wife and 2 year old hiked for a while. Gave up, stopped on a random flat spot by the road and had lunch. The best part of it was the sound of the falls and nobody else around.

hiking
2 months ago

2-4ft of snow covering over 90% of the trail from Inspiration Point and upward. Recommend bringing snow shoes and hiking poles. Great hike and even better views from the top. Enjoy!

backpacking
2 months ago

My first trip to Yosemite... A buddy decided to celebrate his birthday there and I decided to join on yet another adventure, no tent mentality. We snowshoed to about a quarter mile from the point. Set up camp with shovels, tarp and snow stakes. We dug about 4 feet below the snow and built up a couple feet and patched the holes in the walls on the exterior and interior as needed. Visualize a 10x10 floor plan that featured an 18” tall trench in the middle that led outside the snow cave. Space for two individuals could easily fit on each side of the trench which also acted as a face to face round table for entertainment, and a place for cool air to settle in the night as we slept. A couple feet outside of our door we set up a kitchen area to prep our food. A sled which we happen to haul served as a multiple tool... A door for our snow cave to keep predators out, a snow board to ride down gnarly decents and last to haul out our tools and garbage.

So when we got our permit pass to camp overnight, the ranger didn't mention thin ice
(Trail 18) en route to Dewey Point. On our way back I fell in about knee deep while hauling the sled and luckily I was able to make it out. Two of my buddies fell in as well, one waist high and one knee high. It ain't no fun without a little excitement. My only disappoint was not being able to start a campfire, it was super cold at night even with all our gear. My hands and toes were frozen but I was able to boil some water and put it in an empty mountain house package and use it as a heater to bring them back to life. I'd recommend covering your snow boots over night to prevent them from being less frozen in the morning. Tip: boiled enough snow water to put into a 32oz nalgene and stuffed boots, rotate at 5 minute intervals.

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."
Snow Camping Brain dump: come with ready made non perishable foods, waterproof shoes, rain jacket, rain pants and know your clothing layering basics, down blankets, down booties, bigger fuel canisters, sleeping liners, high SPF w/ zinc, chap stick., backup fire starter to a lighter, windshield for stove, battery pack for your electronics.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Took the meadows trail to get to Dewey Point... A lot of Frazil Ice, really dangerous... had to take the way back after sticking your entire leg into a water hole , having my snowshoe stuck in a bunch of trunks...
Maybe the ridge trail is better, if you doing the trail, try this one ;-)

This is a good 2 maybe more miles past inspiration point went in February little bit of snow but totally manageable made it to the very top very strenuous but the trees and little creeks along the way were gorgeous! We we're all alone on this hike which was amazing definitely was my favorite hike in Yosemite! A must go!

Went beyond inspiration point and enjoyed the solitude and killer views of el cap half dome and the valley!
Lots of elevation but totally awesome

hiking
5 months ago

Long hike. Beautiful view. Get real hiking booots when you are doing this end of December— took me extra time because my girlfriend kept slipping. Great views with nobody around. The journey itself was full of trees so it can get boring.

hiking
10 months ago

We were unexpectedly detoured to start this hike from McGurk Meadow trail. The hike to Dewey point was fairly easy with slight elevation rises. The scenery was disappointingly overwhelmed with fallen/cut down trees. It seemed like it was "under construction". Upon arriving to Dewey point the view was SPECTACULAR!!! The view made the hike worth while. Since we were unamused with the beginning of the hike, we chose to follow the remaining Loop Trail from AllTrails guide back to our car. This was the worse decision! We had to follow hidden markers on the trees since the trail itself was not visually apparent from the ground. We ended up in a swampy marsh land which we HAD to cross to follow the trail. We almost got lost many times despite having the downloaded trail. I would not recommend taking the Loop Trail at this time of year.

hiking
10 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. TH easy to find at McGurk parking Lot. Originally planned to walk to Meadow and back but was such a nice day went all the way to Dewey Point. Fairly flat however the last 1.5 miles to the Point left me a little winded. Didnt see anyone on the way out but I also got an early start. There were however a ton of bugs at around 3 miles.

Spectacular hike. We went July 17, and the views were stunning. It was definitely hot, make sure you bring lots of water. The view at Stanford is worth the small trek down in elevation (which you end up taking that gain on after a fairly grueling hike to the top). We were all absolutely blown away by the views. The Mariposa fire was burning strong when we went, and made the skies somewhat hazy and the air much tougher to breathe in (I'm a Colorado native, so the elevation wasn't an issue).

Friday, June 16, 2017

The view at Dewey Point is stunning. You get to see El Capitan, Ribbon falls, and Yosemite Valley. There's great camping spots for backpacking! Keep your eye out for snow plants too.

Friday, October 07, 2016

This trail is beautiful but super inaccessible in the winter. I would not recommend trying to hike past inspiration point past October. It ended up feeling like I was following bear tracks with snow up to my knees. Lol. Nonetheless, it offers amazing views of the valley.

backpacking
Monday, July 25, 2016

We made it to Lower Ottoway in 8 hrs from the Quartz trail Head. It was a brutal trip but well worth the journey!!! The second day we day hiked to the top of Reds Peak Pass...(a must for anyone staying two nights). The third day we hiked out. 40 miles round trip in 3 days.
One of our best trips ever!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Awesome

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Shhhh! This trail is kinda a secret (or seems to be as far as Yosemite trails go!) During a packed weekend at Yosemite we hiked out to Dewey's Point for the standard spectacular view of the canyon, ...but we were all alone! We saw one person hiking in and a couple on the way out. Constantly changing scenery throughout.

snowshoeing
Monday, March 28, 2016

Snowshoed out to the point this past weekend. Was not crowded at all and good hard snow pack to walk on made for easy trekking to killer views. 10 miles of visibility this Saturday from the point. Worth every step!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Was a great hike for my first snowshoeing outing.

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

We started at the tunnel trail head - difficult going at first - recommend starting early and going all the way to Glacier point and riding the shuttle back - we made the mistake of turning around at Stanford Point and the switchbacks at the end of the hike made me grateful for the last two advil in my pack.

camping
Sunday, August 02, 2015

It was such a beautiful trail! I went for a 2 day trip and it was the longest but best hike I've ever done in that amount of time. On this trial you'll see everything from mountains to forest to meadows. This trail throws in the kitchen sink as far as scenery goes. Both lower and upper Ottoway were absolutely gorgeous and felt so nice to swim in. I would advise to bring bug repellent because the trail does get buggy at times.

Friday, July 03, 2015

The tram takes you around the valley floor. So although it's a loop it's more of a road not a hiking trail. FYI. But a bike is a great way to go on the bike path. It's just busy in the summer.

hiking
Friday, May 08, 2015

All the benifits of a great view of Yosemite Valley without the mileage of doing Half Dome or Clouds rest. Perfect hike to take someone that may not be up for a 10+ mile hike. The meadow you walk through in the begining is a plus as well =)

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Yosemite Valley Floor Loop is an awesome, easy, and convenient way to see the main features of the Valley. It's flat and accessible for pretty much everyone, but it can be long for some folks. IT'S OPEN YEAR-AROUND! I have hiked it before and it's great, just really crowded. However the last time I did it my friend and I rode her horses, now THAT is the way to do it.

camping
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hiking to Stanford Point is excellent if you want to see Yosemite Valley from a different angle and to escape from people. The hike itself is mostly under tree cover but when you reach the canyon ledge you are slapped in the face with stunning views of El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, El Cap meadow, Cathedral Rocks, and other features. A friend and I parked at the trail head for McGurk Meadow and backpacked 3.9 to Dewey Point and set-up camp. The hike to Dewey Point is easy if you're a seasoned hiker, not too much elevation gain and it's easy to do with a pack. From Dewey Point it is only 0.5 miles to Crocker Point, and about 1 mile to Stanford Point. The 2 days we were out there we only saw 1 lone backpacker! The trail is listed as difficult, I'd change that to moderate. It is also a great trail for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the winter.

hiking
Saturday, April 11, 2015

The weekend of April 4th I took a friend to Yosemite for their first time. They had also never been camping before, so I took them on a short backpacking trip to Dewey and Crocker Point. This trail is perfect for novice hikers- it's fairly short (7.8 miles round trip), it is really level (in Yosemite standards) and there are only a few mild climbs uphill. The views at the end are beautiful and the best part was we ran into NO ONE for 2 days. If you plan on camping out there overnight, there are some previous fire pits about 200 ft into the wooded area behind Dewey Point. Oh, and of course bring lots of water. The maps show there should be creeks but they are already dry this year.

hiking
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Started from Glacier Point Road on March 30. Very few people on the trail. No snow very little water. We decided to hike to Taft point instead of Dewey which add another mile to the hike. The trail head was a bit difficult to find as it is not at the bear boxes but rather about 50 yards west of the boxes. On the way back we stumbled into a bear grazing in a meadow. We're still talking about that bear!

road biking
Monday, November 03, 2014

If you're staying in Yosemite, rent a bicycle and take a spin around the valley!

hiking
Monday, September 29, 2014

Dewey Point offers beautiful views of El Capitan, Sentinel Dome, and the rest of the Yosemite Valley. It was surprisingly empty. My group only encountered three other groups of hikers on the trail.

hiking
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This is a wonderful trail, not too difficult, and it provides access to some overlooks with spectacular views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Yosemite Valley. It is really worth the hike if you are looking for an overview of the park. Much of the trail is in the trees but there are many overlooks.

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