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We (my wife and I) began our adventure from our home in Southern California. This was not to be just any regular camping trip...we were also going to do some backcountry skiing in Yosemite National Park. Our camper carried us and all our gear for this 10 day trip, but we did not stay in the camper every night.
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Our destination was Yosemite Valley for the first night. We were looking for a little acclimatization at the 4,000 foot elevation of the valley floor. Who could ever get tired of this view as you exit the tunnel and see the magnificent Yosemite Valley spread open before your eyes.
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After a night in the valley we headed for Badger Pass Ski Area. This is the ski area that is in the National Park but we were not going to ski on the lift served hills. We loaded our packs and put on our touring skis and headed off on the Glacier Point Road. It was Good Friday and it was a glorious 10.5 miles of skiing up and down hills on excellent snow. After about 5 hours we reached our destination...The Glacier Point Ski Hut.
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If this looks familiar to all of you summer visitors, it should. In the summer this is the snack bar and t-shirt shop that is located between the Glacier Point parking lot and the actual Glacier Point. In the summer this area is crowded with people and RVs and cars. But this day there were only 15 people in this area of the park. We had lots of snow our first night in the hut but awoke to a sunrise that I will remember for many years. This is a photo from Glacier Point of Half Dome just as the sun was coming up.
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We spent the day snowshoeing around the Glacier Point area with short trips out along the Panorama Trail, at least what we thought was the Panorama Trail, but with so much snow we are not really sure if we were on the trail or not. We snowshoed to the top of Le Conte Gully following the tracks of three amazing skiers who used the gully for a fast ride down to the valley. All the other visitors to the hut had left that day and so as we again went out to Glacier Point there was not another person in sight, unless you count the visitors in the valley below. The famous overhanging rock on Glacier Point frames the upper and lower Yosemite Falls in this picture.
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As the day wore on, new skiers arrived for our second night in the hut. The skies cleared and we were able to see the stars like you can only see them in the High Sierra of California. We skied the 10.5 miles back to our truck on Easter Sunday. On this part of the trip we had a wonderful 3.5 mile downhill section that made the trip back about an hour faster than our trip in. When we got back to the Badger Pass ski area we found the truck under fresh snow (see the first picture of this post). As we left the ski area we marveled at the depth of the snow that had been plowed this year. It was easily well over the height of our camper.
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For Sunday night we headed for Oakhurst and a hotel room. After skiing 21 miles we needed showers really badly. The next day we stocked up with food and supplies in town and headed toward Wawona campground just inside the boundary of Yosemite. We had a great campsite right on the South Fork of the Merced River. If you look closely you can see the river behind the camper.
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After one night at the Wawona campground we headed back to Yosemite Valley. The snow covered trees along the road and the blue skies overhead made this a very enjoyable drive into the valley.
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We were heading for the North Pines campground in the valley. Our campsite was right where Tenaya Creek flows into the Merced River. There was plenty of snow on the ground and the waterfalls were all beginning to flow pretty well.
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We spent the next couple of days visting with friends who joined us for this part of the trip, hiking up the Mist Trail and up past Mirror Lake.
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On our last full day in the valley we hiked the loop trail around the west end of the valley and even though most of the valley was full of people we once again found this trail to be almost devoid of humans, a rare thing in Yosemite Valley. This trail took us by El Capitan, which had several waterfalls dropping off its snow covered summit plateau. The water fall in this photo was being blown by the wind and was absolutely beautiful!
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On this our last night of the trip, we grabbed a pizza and a couple of adult beverages from Curry Village and went out to the bridge over the Merced River, near the entrance to our campground, to have dinner and gawk at Half Dome.
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We left on Saturday morning and started the long drive back through Los Angeles to our home in northern San Diego County. It was 10 glorious days of skiing, snowshoeing, and camping with my wife and good friends. I am ready to go again!!


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Posted: 04/14/10 06:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for sharing

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Posted: 04/14/10 06:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonderful pics, thanks for taking the time to share.


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Posted: 04/14/10 07:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent pictures! Your rig sure looks good in the snow too. Thanks for posting your fun trip.

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Posted: 04/14/10 08:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yosemite is one of my favorite places ,but have never been in winter. Thanks for the pictures.

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Posted: 04/14/10 08:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not to slight the other camping types, but you TC'ers always seem to post the best trip reports & trip pics on this site! I am inspired & jealous. One request - more, more, more!... [emoticon]

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Posted: 04/15/10 04:48am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Whoa! Excellent write-up and spectacular pix!!!

That snow depth reminds us of all the snow we had here...prior to "the big melt" from early March on...

Into Trip Reports it goes...

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Nice pictures ! Thanks for sharing


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Posted: 04/15/10 11:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted: 04/15/10 12:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great trip report!! My brother and I grew up camping in those mountains every summer. Thanks for the trip back in time. [emoticon]


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