Snow cups near Ireland Lake
I've posted another trip report—this one for a trip that I always look back on with a great deal of fondness. This was my third backpacking trip in Yosemite, and it took place over the Independence Day holiday. I've always favored that holiday because of the time of year and the hot weather. The Sierra may still be showing signs of winter in July, but the days are generally warm even at high elevation, and there's likely to be plenty of sun. In fact, the sun and the lingering snow together create this interesting effect called snow cups. It's so fun to be hiking around in sandals on a warm day with patches of snow nearby. High-elevation trips are incredible—I just love them. Perhaps that's why this trip stands out to me, as it was my first to these altitudes in the Sierra. Here's my trip report!