948 to 940 on the PCT, then up the Rafferty Creek Trail over Tuolumne Pass, then down the Evelyn Lake Trail, plus out and back to Ireland Lake, then down to PCT mile 936
23 miles or so.
When hikers meet on the trail going in opposite directions, we often ask each other as way of greeting, “Where are you coming from?” The answer used to be simple- “Mexico!” I’d say. For this section sometimes to keep the conversation brief I’d say “Sierra City” since I was hiking Sierra City south to Tuolumne Meadows. But today I took a detour off the PCT and did a loop in Yosemite up to Vogalsan, Evelyn Lake and Ireland Lake. (edit: this is called the Vogalsang-Lyell Canyon Loop)
So the answer to the question "where are you coming from" is that I was coming from a lot of different places. This morning I started by bushwhacking down to McGee Lake, then hiking 0.8 miles to the PCT, then on to Tuolumne Meadows. But a week or so ago I was at Ebbetts Pass. A few months ago I was in the High Sierra. On April 9th I started in Mexico. Today, I was just wandering around in Yosemite.
|On the way to Tuolumne Meadows.|
|Climbing to Vogalsang.|
It’s like I’m on vacation. I make it a two-swim day. Lakes all to myself. Evelyn Lake has a sandy beach, and I stretch out in the sun.
|It's cold up here even at noon. Taking off the hoodie to go for a swim.|
|Happy feet at Ireland Lake.|
|OMG I'm so far from the PCT. Need to get closer!|