Dayhiked up Lyell Canyon to Ireland Lake then to the east ridge. Hit the Mariposa county highpoint on the way down. Hiked with Brian from work. Great day!
In from Tuolomne Meadows to Ireland Lake; camped, then summited next day x-country to saddle and up tiresome talus slope. Hit the Mariposa County HP as well. No registers to be found at all. Camped back at Lyell Canyon on the way out.
Dayhike from Tuolumne Meadows, up the East Face of Vogelsang which was a fun class 2/easy class 3, found the summit register on top, went down the easy class 2 left side gully to the Pass, then went up the ridge north and traversed sustained easy class 2 talus all the way to Parsons. Couldn't find register at the COHP but did find one on top of Parsons. Returning via Ireland Lake and the Lyell Canyon. Long day - Nearly 25 miles in about 11.5 hours. Trip report is HERE
Not a very eventful scramble. I think Simmons is a better goal for a number of reasons.
From the John Muir hikers base camp or Lyell base camp at 10,200 feet we set the day after Lyell to climb Parson's Peak and Amelia Earhart both. Climbed Parson Peak 1st and then AE making efficient use of the topography. Satisfying day!
Vogelsang - Parsons dayhike out of Tuolumne Meadows. Thunderstorms were building already before noon and I made it down to Ireland Lake before the lightning show started. Still lots of snow.
Camped at Ireland Lake, then up the southeast slope in the morning, over to Vogelsang in the afternoon. Beautiful sunset in the evening and out Lyell Canyon the next day.
Nice hike from Tuolumne Meadows via the Rafferty Creek Trail & Vogelsang Pass.
Traveled up the canyon from Lake Ireland, and up the rocky south slope to the summit. Enjoyed the ridge traverse for a while (bagged the county HP), and finished the traverse across the broad plateau before descending to Vogelsang Pass, and camping near the mosquito infested lake.
Left late afternoon the day before from Tuolomne Meadows, camped at the fork between the Lyell Peak trail and the Parsons Peak trail, then climbed Parsons on the 26th and Lyell on the 27th.
~10 hrs RT. Beautiful day, beautiful weather.
Joel and I camped at Ireland Lake and I summited on my birthday. Great views all around.
Surprisingly enjoyable scramble on the north side (contrived third class), and some pretty good views at the summit, too (like every Yosemite peak, I suppose). Longer hike than I expected, something like 9hr30 roundtrip from Tuolumne Meadows.
Eight years later and I finally made it back to dayhike the peak. Matthew joined me for what turned out to be a fun scramble from the north side. It took some work to find the third class stuff. Trip Report
2006 Sierra Challenge. Didn't make Florence, but made Vogelsang and Parsons in a long dayhike. Caught in T-Storm in Lyell Canyon on way out.
Spent a windy day and co-o-old night at Ireland, but beautiful day to summit Parsons (and on to Vogelsang). Funny to read that last entry, we found the same cairn at the county high point, but already the register is gone (or just *really* well hidden).
A wonderfully glorious climb in almost complete solitude. Used this two-day climb as acclimatization for my two-day climb of Mount Whitney later in the weekend.
Drove in and parked at the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Permit Office parking lot, picked up my permit (without a reservation, woo-hoo!) and required bear canister. Hiked on JMT through Lyell Canyon to the Ireland Lake junction, and headed up the hill. Saw a steady stream of people on the JMT, but things thinned out rather sharply after turning off onto the Ireland Lake trail. After turning south at the junction with the trail that heads off to Eveyln Lake, I saw only a couple people. Once I reached Ireland Lake, and set up camp for the night, I didn't see another soul until heading out the trail the next day.
The climb up was initially easy over meadowy talus. Water everywhere, and ice/snow in some spots. Up near the saddle the wind picked up perceptably. Then the tough grind up the steep class 2 boulder field to the official summit of Parsons Peak, 12147ft. This climb was very similar to my assult of Sonora Peak directly up the southwest face in mid-August.
A blockbuster view, 360 degrees, and a special treat, the backside of Half Dome! Chilly, but not too bad, the view couldn't have been any better if I'd asked for it! This weekend was a banner weekend for views and nice weather in the Sierra Nevada!
Couldn't make out Mount Lyell from the viewshed (not familiar enough with its features), but I'm sure it is there in my panoramic pictures. After not finding the summit register, I decided to head down the ridge to the Mariposa County highpoint and see if I can find the cairn and the register. The cairn was exactly where my GPSr said it should be, kudos to Edward Earl for putting it up in 2000. New summit register placed mid-August by Charlie & Diana Winger of Montrose, CO. Thanks!
Instead of climbing back up the 100 vertical feet and back over Parsons Peak to the saddle, I decided to continue northwest along the ridge and drop down the boulder field on the northeast face of the mountain. Small glacial snowfields dotted the area, and I needed to skirt a couple of them, not carrying axe or crampons. I found the route to be far more "exhilarating" than I had hoped (why do slopes look so much easier from the top than from the bottom?), and found myself cliffed out just above the lake near where the stream cuts a deep groove into the canyon. Had to downclimb through a couple spicy class 3 moves between snowfields, but made it back to camp without much further trouble. My recommendation - follow Gary Suttle's advice and just go back the way you came up. A hundred vertical foot climb is nothing, unless, ofcourse, you're fond of descending steep class 2+ boulder fields and downclimbing class 3 rock. If this is the case, you can save yourself the trouble of backtracking and get a nice loop trip and some rock exposure at the same time!
!st day of the Sierra Challenge. After summitting Mt Florence at 1PM I set out for 'Parsons Pass' and Parsons Peak. I got caught in a thunder/hail/sleet storm below Parsons Pass and finally got to the Ireland Lake trail around sunset. Exhausted from the long cross-country route and lack of sleep (only 2 hrs) I made my way back 11 miles in the dark on the water filled trail. Fog and moonlight lent an eerie atmosphere to Lyell Fork Canyon. Hopefully subsequent Challege days would not be so exhausting. 30+ miles, 10000+ feet, 3 peaks dayhike.
Hauled the walk up with my girlfriend after another marathon peak run out of the Meadows......