Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
It was a superb day in the Sierra Nevada for snow shoeing. Our foursome hit the trails off Highway 108 next to Dodge Ridge – east of Sonora about an hour. A small parking area led to a formal trail. The ski patrol had a pop-up tent to provide maps and advice to both cross country skiers and people snow shoeing. The area had a single shooter port-o-potty. I got my MSR shoes from the rental program at SNAC – Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in town. $15 was a real bargain. I haven’t talked myself into buying a pair yet since I don’t think I’d use them enough to justify the expenditure. They list for $140.
We hit the trail about 10 am. We were pretty much alone for most of the day. We passed another party snow shoeing and just a few cross country skiers. It had to be in the high 50’s that day. Easy to get sunburned. If you are not careful the rays can bounce off the snow and burn your nostrils and even the roof of your mouth.
Out trek was a 4 mile loop to see the Aspen Gulch. A large expanse of a bowl. The morning was mostly uphill so the return was a breeze. And yes, you do work up a nice sweat. For a real good workout stay off the packed trail and find you way through deep snow. I’m a big fan of cross training so this activity was a good stress for unused muscles. The 4 miles took us aobut 4 ½ hours. I have been thinking of going from Badger Pass resort to the Ostrander Hut. That’s about 9 miles of some ups and downs. I don’t know if I could make it there before dark. Has anyone done this trip? The Hut has 2 beds so you have to bring your sleeping bag, food and cooking gear. It has a fireplace but no lights. Supposed to be pretty full on weekends, but weekdays appear to have openings. There is a reservation system. Anyone interested??
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