Pohono Trail (Starting at Glacier Point and ending at Wawona Tunnel) - Yosemite National Park, California.
The morning of the 5th we loaded up our packs and headed to catch the "Glacier Point Tour" Shuttle Bus- that also doubled as a way to get up to our trailhead. Our car couldn’t be left at Glacier Point, as we were going to end the hike at a different spot than where we were starting, so the Tour/Shuttle bus was our best option. Several Park Rangers suggested we just "hitch" back into the Valley one we made it to Wawona Tunnel since we were taking the bus up (unless we wanted to hike 7 more miles past the end of the trail to get back to the Valley).
-Starting at Glacier Point gave us a view of Half Dome that we'd not been able to enjoy yet. It felt so close (photos 1-3). Everyone poured from the bus for their 7$ Klondike Bars and keychains; we headed for our trailhead.
This trail was FAR less strenuous than Yosemite Falls- elevation changes were gradual, there were a lot of trees that served as a fairly constant umbrella from the blistering sun and the breeze was chilly down inside the hollers.
Trees in the more-dense areas were growing this thick, N E O N green moss on them that appeared to be glowing when the sun hit them (5th & 6th photos). From Pohono Trail, you pass by Taft Point, which is a phenomenal viewing point of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan (7th & 8th photos) Elevation 7,500'. The wind was threatening to take everyone's hats and you could literally hear the birds cutting through the air near you. Pohono also took us past Dewey, Crocker, Stanford and Inspiration Points. The trail had viewpoints all over the place that left you breathless.
The first leg of the trail was 5-6 miles before we found a perfect spot to call home for the night, right after we crossed over Bridalveil Creek that dances it’s way right across the Pohono Trail. Once over the bridge(9th & 10th photos) we set up camp right near the river, struck a fire, enjoyed another night of freeze-dried meals from a bag and sipped on chilled natural spring water coming downstream from Bridalveil Falls.
(2,3,7,8 & 10 📷 @_cochise
June 5, 2018