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    Member Since May 2019

    Katie Lynch

    Tampa, Florida 

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    Katie Lynch reviewed Four Mile Trail [CLOSED]

    about 1 month ago

    Completed the out and back from the valley floor today (it is temporarily opened-check the Yosemite NPS site for updates). I loved every minute of it until you hit the viewpoint at Glacier Point. It was much more serene away from the lookout but it is worth seeing- just know there will be dozens of people sharing the views with you.

    The trail climbs a good amount of elevation in the 4.8 miles up. It traverses gradually the entire way and becomes a little lung burner after Union Point. However, the background is a million times worth it. You’ll have amazing views of Yosemite Falls, El Cap, and Half Dome.

    Katie Lynch completed Four Mile Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch saved Four Mile Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail

    about 1 month ago

    The Mist Trail is pretty moderate but very beautiful and worth the trek. The first .8 miles to Vernal Falls Bridge are flat and dry switchbacks. Once you pass the bridge and make your way up to Vernal Falls things start to get pretty wet and rocky. The rest of the trail is stairs carved into the rock and switchbacks. There’s a decent amount of water and water crossings on the trail so waterproof boots and outer shell are necessary.

    We did this trail yesterday, started a little later in the morning at 9am and finished in 4.5 hours (including lunch and multiple stops for shooting the falls). We took the JMT loop back down to the valley because the idea of climbing down all the wet and rocky steps with the rush hour crowds seemed terrible. I will def take the JMT route on the descent (and the ascent too) next time as it’s much more scenic and dry. It’s also a lot less steep and the switchbacks down were a breeze. The JMT only adds on maybe a mile extra to the RT total.

    Katie Lynch reviewed Artist Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a very mild out and back climb with phenomenal views. We did this and Inspiration Point together as one hike. We had perfect weather (cold and just sunny enough) and had both viewpoints to ourselves.

    Park at Tunnel View and get there early before the tour buses and swarms of humans arrive. We parked around 0700 with just a few other people already there. Tunnel View was pretty quiet at that point so we shot some photos and headed on to the trail. Once we returned a couple hours from the hike the lots were full with tour buses and I suddenly felt like I was at Disneyland. Go early to park and escape the viewpoint as soon as possible to find some solitude on these trails.

    Katie Lynch completed Artist Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch saved Yosemite Point

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this on 5/19/19 and had a blast! We wanted to the entire loop but there was a decent amount of rain and snow so we couldn’t find a lot of trail markers. We got to a point with a lot of deep water and down trees and couldn’t figure out a path to continue on. A few other hikers were out and no one could figure out a way to pass this point so the loop turned into an out and back. We got caught in a pretty gnarly snow fall there too but packed the appropriate layers so it ended up being a really fun trail! We ended up making it an out and back and did about 3-3.5miles.

    The first portion of the trail (after the paved path) is so beautiful. The trail follows the river and you see a lot of lush green forest and boulders. There were a good amount of down trees you must hike over. The trail itself is pretty flat. I’m sure in the summer it would be even more beautiful but the weather just made it a bit more adventurous.

    Hop on the Valley shuttle and take it to stop #17. It drops you off at the trailhead as there is no parking there. We took the shuttle back to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel after and had an insanely awesome brunch (if you’re okay splurging a little you must go to this brunch!!) Then we walked around the Valley Loop trail to get more miles in until we ended up back at our car in Yosemite Village.

    Katie Lynch completed Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This trail is the perfect length for a challenging Yosemite hike! If you want a good buttkicking workout on a well marked trail, look no farther. The 3.5 miles to the Upper Falls is ~80% rocky switchbacks. There is very little flat trail and a decent amount of water crossings so waterproof boots/shoes are a must. Trekking poles were really helpful too. We hiked this yesterday (5/20/19) and the trees below and above tree line were still pretty covered in snow. As the sun came out the snow was melting and we got pelted by snowballs and ice. A waterproof shell is needed during the switchbacks by the falls because the mist is pretty strong (but refreshing because you will be sweating)! The views at Yosemite Falls Lookout were just stunning. You’ll see the back part of Half Dome and overlook the entire valley. We took the rocky stairs down to the overlook where the railings are above the falls. The views weren’t quite what we were looking for there so we ventured back up and on to Yosemite Point. From the falls to Yosemite Point adds another 2 miles round trip to the hike but is so worth it. The climb to the point is mild but gradual. If you wander around the point (away from the railings) you will have unobstructed views of Half Dome.

    The hike down was really slippery as the snow was melting throughout the day. Some sections are a little steep and I saw a few people fall. Just use caution, take your time getting down and you’ll be fine. Remember, when hiking down, hikers coming up have the right of way. So step aside and let them continue up those grueling switchbacks before continuing your hike down.

    I drank ~4 liters of water and packed 4.5. I could have drank it all but was worried I’d run out before getting back to our car near Yosemite Lodge. We started the trail at 7:30am and got to upper falls a little before 1030. I ate and shot photos for about an hour before going to Yosemite Point. I spent another hour shooting there and taking it all in before heading down. We finished around 4:00 so spent about 6-6.5 hours of time hiking total.

    Katie Lynch completed Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Yosemite Point

    about 1 month ago

    AMAZING TRAIL in the valley! It is a straight up, 3.5 mile climb of rocky switchbacks to Upper Yosemite Falls. This trail takes you through the forest, up to the side of Yosemite Falls (you will get wet) and up above the falls. There is a lot of sun exposure on the hike. Stop at the Yosemite Falls Lookout Point for a rest/snack and then head to Yosemite Point (adding an extra 2 miles round trip). It is a gradual climb from the falls to the point but so well worth it. There are rails at Yosemite Point so you can look over but if you wander to the the left through the boulders you can get stunning views of Half Dome without the railing obstructing the view.

    We did this hike yesterday, 5/20/19. It started out cool and as we approached the falls the trail became very wet. Given the amount of snowfall this spring the trees were still covered in snow and the wind would cause the snow to fall on the trail. Prepare to be pelted by a few of the snowballs from the trees if you’re going before all the snow has melted! I was thankful I had a waterproof shell on because I got blasted by snow and ice falling. Waterproof boots are also a must because you’re crossing a lot of water/streams. I had my trekking poles which helped a lot both ways, particularly coming down as the rocks were super slick. There was still snow on the ground on the last 1-2 miles of the ascent so dress appropriately. The trail got pretty busy as the day went on so I was thankful we started the climb around 0730. I drank almost 4 liters of water on this trail and packed 4.5.

    Katie Lynch completed Yosemite Point

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Nice and easy paved loop. The first section after swinging bridge was stunning and we had the meadow section to ourselves. We also had a fun encounter with a coyote crossing the trail in the front of us on the backside of the loop. There were a lot of bugs so bring spray.

    Katie Lynch reviewed Inspiration Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this trail today and loved it. Beautiful views of El Cap, Bridalveil Falls, and Half Dome. Easy route to follow, very mild switchbacks with such beautiful views. We added on Artist Point for another ~.5 mile or so and it was well worth it. The trail was empty and had both viewpoints to ourselves.

    Katie Lynch completed Inspiration Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch saved Inspiration Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch reviewed Angels Landing Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Katie Lynch completed Angels Landing Trail

    about 1 month ago