February 25

Friends Hike Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park – What a place! I planned this trip with 3 other friends of mine about 2 years ago. They all live back east and they have never been to Yosemite NP. I figured it would take a lot of planning so that’s why we decided to make this trip 2 years out. When it came down to trip time 2 of 3 of my buddies had to back out due to personal reasons. The 1 friend who made it is a seasoned backpacker who hiked the Appalachian Trail solo in about 10 years ago. I knew he was a great experienced backpacker and that made me feel good because I didn’t have to worry about anyone.

backpacking Yosemite National Park

We started out on the Mist Trail heading to little Yosemite campground. I had my trusty Mariposa lightweight backpack and my ultralight carbon fibre LT4 poles. For those who have not seen or been on the Mist Trail let me paint a picture for you…The trail is all uphill with amazing views of Vernal Falls and a section of steep carved granite steps that seem to go on forever. Once you make it to the top you have a nice flat spot for taking pictures, high fives or whatever tickles you’re fancy.

Be sure to check out part 2 of this write-up