Day 1: Budd Lake (almost)
August 17, 2005. We planned to do a short hike to Budd
Lake to warm up and acclimate for some more serious hiking in the following
days (3 miles, 1400 ft. gain to 10,000 ft., one way),
but after lunch at Tenaya Lake, it was already well into the afternoon.
We ended up wandering well off the the trail along Budd Creek and climbing
some granite slabs between the lake and Unicorn Peak.
Unfortunately, we never got a view of the lake,
though we probably hiked more than the prescribed distance.
Lunch at Tenaya Lake:
After a 5 hour drive to Yosemite, we stopped for lunch
at Tenaya Lake. Some kids made a sand castle on the beach.
Budd Creek Trail
Along the Trail:
Genny with some enormous mushrooms on a log crossing Budd Creek.
(1) Close up of those mushrooms. (2) A framed view from the trail.
(3) Panorama including Mt. Dana.
Climbing Some Slabs:
Wide-angle view of a ridge made of granite slabs that we climbed for
fun. Steeper than it looks. (1) My dad approaching the ridge.
(2) My dad on top of the ridge. (3) Genny on the top. (4) I'm
Views from the Ridge:
(1) Unicorn Peak was relatively close.
(2) Lambert Dome under cloud cover.
(3) Looking back over Tuolumne Meadows.
End of the Day
After our short hike, we exited Yosemite and went down
to our first base camp at June Lake. Here is
a view of some rolling clouds from Highway 395 just after sunset.
Go to Day 2.
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