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Northern Yosemite 50 Mile Loop & Volunteer Peak

Postby Pantilat » Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:49 pm

A 50 mile adventure run loop in Northern Yosemite beginning at Twin Lakes, including five passes, the Benson Lake riviera and a summit of Volunteer Peak. Total trip time of 15:28; starting at 5:10 am and finishing at 8:38 pm. The trails are snow-free except on the north side of Burro Pass and both sides of Mule Pass. This is a relatively popular backpacking loop and for good reason - spectacular scenery throughout with some great photography opportunities!

Many photos here.



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Re: Northern Yosemite 50 Mile Loop & Volunteer Peak

Postby fatdad » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:06 am

Where is that last photo taken from. Spectacular shots.
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Re: Northern Yosemite 50 Mile Loop & Volunteer Peak

Postby dyusem » Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:55 pm

Thanks for sharing the video and still images. I've been meaning to get deeper into that part of the Sierra and perhaps that will be the trip for this September...nice work!!!

One Q: you mentioned that it was a "popular" loop but I'm assuming that you encountered very few people, yes/no?

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Re: Northern Yosemite 50 Mile Loop & Volunteer Peak

Postby KBurnett » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:02 pm

fatdad wrote:Where is that last photo taken from. Spectacular shots.


Believe that's from the summit of Volunteer Peak. I was up there last year and remember that shot as our group was camped down near that lake.
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Re: Northern Yosemite 50 Mile Loop & Volunteer Peak

Postby Pantilat » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:20 am

Exactly, the last photo is from the summit of Volunteer. Smedberg Lake is nicely framed by the surrounding granite and Sawtooth Ridge in the distance.

We encountered very few people (<30 the entire trip) and most were between Seavey Pass and Smedberg Lake along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Some more summit photos:

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Smedberg Lake

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Smedberg's Islands

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Rodgers Lake (foreground) & Neal Lake (background)

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Rodgers Lake

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Murdock Lake

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Benson Lake & Piute Mountain

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Tower Peak

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North Peak & Conness

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Sister Lake and Sawtooth Ridge
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