Yosemite – the Amazing Gaylor/Granite Lakes

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The top hike by far, was a 9 hour sojourn thru the magnificent Gaylor/Granite lakes  .     We started at the Tioga pass east entrance, at around 9945 feet altitude.     The initial  part was a brutal (for me) slog up to the initial pass.   Keeping in mind that we started at almost 10000 feet.   Ugh…. Much pain. 

 

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We then descended into the valley, arriving at the middle gaylor lake.   Wow!     We then turned north and followed the trail to upper Gaylor;  all the while with Brodie yammering on about one topic or another (when the uphill hikes get tough, we always return to politics).  

 

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After the upper lake, we then went further uphill, to a great vista, complete with an abandoned mine,  which makes certainly for some great pictures.     

 

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At that point, it was not clear what to do…. The hardest thing would be to descend to a small lake and look around there, and then climb another high pass to look to see what is over the next rise.   So – naturally – that is what we did (Brodie motto: “if I am down here, I want to be up there.  If I am up here, I want to be down there”).      Lots of elevation gain and loss.   That is life.    And it was great.

 

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After that vista, we descended to the granite lakes.   Upper and lower.   At that point, we separated  and went to different lakes.  I went to upper, surrounded by a huge circ (“a bowl-shaped, steep-walled mountain basin carved byglaciation, often containing a small, round lake.”)  ..   In my solitude, a quick swim was in order.   Um… er…. the wildlife will never be the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After that, it was a trip across the fields (think “Lord of the rings”), and back up and over to the car.   Exhausting…. And fantastic.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Yosemite – the Amazing Gaylor/Granite Lakes

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Don,I ran across this old site and I saw you were still posting. It’s been a long time. I checked out all you adventures and you had some good times. I especially liked the Vermont photos, that is still my favorite place. I have been to most of the places, you photographed, and swan in the same pool at Moss Glen. We were up that way in July. Missed you by a month:). Take care ‘ol friend.Mike

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