Yosemite National Park – The High Sierras


The northern boundary of Yosemite National Park follows a ridge that runs east/west, and starts, on the west, with Tower Peak, and then continues eastward with Ehrnbeck Peak, Crown Point, Slide Mountain, the Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak. Tower Peak can be seen, far to the south, from the Sonora Pass highway (Hwy 108).

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An extreme telephoto shot of Tower Peak from Hwy 180, view to the south.

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Aerial shot (Southwest Airlines) of Slide Mtn, Tower Pk. and the Sawtooth Ridge, view to the north

The Sawtooth Ridge, Matterhorn Peak and others to the west, seen from Bridgeport, CA.

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The Sawtooth Ridge and Matterhorn Peak are seen left of center. Matterhorn Peak is at the left extremity of Sawtooth Ridge.

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From L. to R.: Matterhorn Peak and Sawtooth Ridge

One can get a much closer look at these peaks from Twin Lakes, which is located at the foot of the ridge

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Sawtooth Ridge

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Skiing into Matterhorn Pk. (left)

California Outward Bound School – 1971

During the summer of 1971, I worked for the California Outward Bound School. We were headquartered at a mothballed Marine mountain warfare base, at Pickel Meadow, on the Sonora Pass highway. The base has since been reopened.

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Pickel Meadow Marine Training Center

From Hwy 108, we followed the West Walker River upstream to the base of Tower Peak.

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Ehrnbeck Peak

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On the slopes of Tower Peak

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Tower Peak

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Climbing a snow gully on Tower Peak

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Summit ridge of Tower Peak

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Clouds

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Sunset

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Cascades

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Waterfall and snow bank

From Tower Peak, we moved eastward.

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Peeler Lake and Buckeye Ridge (?)

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In the vicinity of Crown Pt.

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Crown Point

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On the Sawtooth Ridge, with the Bridgeport Valley and Reservoir in the distance

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Sawtooth Ridge

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Sawtooth Ridge, glissading

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Sawtooth Ridge

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Lake and snowbank

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Godbeams

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Matterhorn Peak, view to the north

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Matterhorn area

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Iced-over lake

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Clouds

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South of Matterhorn Peak was Whorl Mountain

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Ice axes, on Whorl Mountain

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Glissading, Whorl Mountain

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From Whorl Mountain, we headed down Matterhorn Canyon, to the south

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Matterhorn Canyon

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From the mouth of Matterhorn Canyon, we headed east to the Mc Cabe Lakes and Mount Conness.

 

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Camping at McCabe Lakes

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On the ridge between North Peak and Mount Conness (North Ridge), with the Conness Glacier below

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North Peak (Southwest Airlines flight), view to the south. Mt Conness is just out of the photo, at top.

 

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Conness Lake

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On the North Ridge of Mt. Conness

We next traveled south and east, to intersect the Tioga Road, near Tioga Pass. There, we picked up a resupply and continued south via Parker Pass Creek, from which we climbed onto the Kuna Crest at its northern end.

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Indian paintbrush in Parker Pass Creek

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Traversing the Kuna Crest. Mt. Lyell and Lyell Glacier are seen in center.

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We descended the southern end of the Kuna Crest and headed for Mt. Lyell (13,114′). Mt Lyell is at the southern extremity of the Cathedral Range.

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Side-trip to Donohue Pass. The Minarets Wilderness has been renamed, to the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

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Glacier-polished granite

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Camped below Mt. Lyell

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At the foot of Mt. Lyell

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Climbing a snow chute to gain the summit ridge of Mt. Lyell

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On the summit of Mt. Lyell. Banner and Ritter Peaks are seen to the southeast.

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This climb ended the course. We had traveled extensively through Yosemite National Park, and seen very few others on the way. What a privilege!

Tioga Pass

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Mammoth Peak, at the northern end of the Kuna Crest, from the Tioga Rd.

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Dana Meadow

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Tioga Pass entry station, looking into the Park

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The White Mountains, from Tioga Pass

Saddlebag Lake is located just east of Tioga Pass, and provides a good vantage point to view Mt. Conness and White Mountain.

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White Mountain (left) and Mt. Conness (right), from Saddlebag Lake

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Mt. Conness, from Saddlebag Lake

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Sunset, at Saddlebag Lake

Aerial Photos, Southwest Airlines flights

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Western boundary of Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake, view to the east

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View to the northeast, of Mt. Conness, White Mountain and Saddlebag Lake

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same as above, but a wider view

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Kuna Crest, view to the southeast

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View to the southeast of Yosemite NP and Ansel Adams Wilderness, to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

 

The End

 

 

 

 

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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