fatdad wrote:Not sure if this is a troll since the question is so naive. Having said that, you plan on leaving the Bay Area at 2 a.m. and summiting 10 hours later, by noon. When were you planning on acclimating? The drive up? The hike up? Unless you're an acclimating machine, it'll be rough. At best you'll just be breathing hard and suffering unnecessarily. At worst, you'll get sick.
Tuolumne is beautiful this time of year so I'd suggest still going but trying something more modest. Mt. Hoffman is a lot lower but has incredible views from the summit. Hike to May Lake (if that feels hard don't bother with the peak) and then follow the use trail with all the superfluous cairns to the top. You could hike around the north side of Conness and check out the glacier. Fun boat ride across Saddlebag Lake too. Don't do Cathedral for the reasons already pointed out. Bad suggestion that one.
Take appropriate clothing. Hopefully you won't need but why put yourself or, worse, someone else needing to rescue you at risk because you went unprepared.
dshankar wrote:I'm just looking for a good mental/physical challenge away from society with good views. I'll take a look at the other nearby hikes. Thanks for the recommendations!
dshankar wrote:Is Clouds Rest really easier? While Dana is a 3k ft gain and a 5-6 mile round trip, Clouds Rest looks like a beast with a 14 mile roundtrip and an equally impressive 10k ft summit. I feel like arriving the night before & acclimating at the trailhead with a full night's sleep in the car before climbing Dana in the morning would be easier than a 14 mile day hike. I imagine Clouds Rest also takes longer than the ~6-7 hour Dana roundtrip?
Edit: I'm also not overly concerned with summiting. If the weather goes bad or I'm having a tough time, I'll certainly call it a day and head down!
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