Route: Entered in at Tioga Road and the South Fork of the Tuolumne River, Exited at TH#8 - "Big Oak Flat Road"
Duration: 4 days
Date: 3 weeks after Tioga Road opening
Plenty of water, no mosquitoes
Author: Jason Lucero
Our first trip of the season was an off-trail exploration in an section of Yosemite National Park that we've been curious about—a trailless area north of Fireplace Bluffs. During the early part of Yosemite's temperate backpacking season, we tend to stick to lower-elevation trips. We knew that water would be in short supply in this area pretty soon, so the timing seemed right for this trip.