Welcome to John Fedak's Photo Album
· Welcome
· Backcountry Trips
· Best Of
· Tahoe OGUL Peaks
· Ventana Peaks

· Home
· Gallery

  
Buena Vista Peak
1 sub-album and 44 images in this album on 5 pages.
[Slideshow] [View comments]
Gallery: John Fedak's Photo Album navigate UP (accesskey 'U')
   
 leftdot 1  leftdot 2  leftdot 3  leftdot 4  leftdot 5  rightdot
Next Page (Accesskey 'N') Last Page (Accesskey 'L')

Long day hike from the Bridalveil Trailhead to Buena Vista Peak

Back in April, I had backpacked from the Chilnualna Falls trailhead in hopes of making it to the top of Buena Vista Peak. A combination of the low snowline and the generally extremely wet condition of the area had me come up a bit short and I've been meaning to take another trip to the area to complete the unfinished business.

Rather than repeat the climb up from Wawona, I took the somewhat longer (but much less strenuous) route from the Bridalveil Camp trailhead. Left the bay area around 4:30am, got to the trailhead shortly after 8, and completed the 28 odd miles in just over 13 hours. The late season weather was near perfect- clear skys and mid 70's in the afternoon.

I'm currently maintiaining the SummitPost Page for Buena Vista Peak: here
TL
Sign near the trailhead.  The trailhead is toward the back end of the campround, before the pack station.  Hit the trail around 8 as the sun was beginning to climb above the trees.
BB
Sign near the trailhead. The trailhead is toward the back end of the campround, before the pack station. Hit the trail around 8 as the sun was beginning to climb above the trees.
Viewed: 242 times.
09/06/2003 08:05 AM
TL
The trail followed Bridalveil creek for the first couple of miles.  Not much of a creek at this time of year.
BB
The trail followed Bridalveil creek for the first couple of miles. Not much of a creek at this time of year.
Viewed: 131 times.
09/06/2003 08:17 AM
TL
Some new growth forest near the turnoff to Ostrander Lake.  According to the Falcon Guide, the area is recovering from a 1987 fire.
BB
Some new growth forest near the turnoff to Ostrander Lake. According to the Falcon Guide, the area is recovering from a 1987 fire.
Viewed: 110 times.
09/06/2003 08:42 AM
TL
Crossing Bridalveil creek
BB
Crossing Bridalveil creek
Viewed: 104 times.
09/06/2003 08:47 AM
TL
Junction with a spur that leads over to the Ostrander Lake trail.  These are the shortest trailsigns I've seen in the park, don't know if they were driven down or just sunk.
BB
Junction with a spur that leads over to the Ostrander Lake trail. These are the shortest trailsigns I've seen in the park, don't know if they were driven down or just sunk.
Viewed: 157 times.
09/06/2003 08:48 AM
TL
The trail passed through numerous small meadows as it climbed the ridge to the south.
BB
The trail passed through numerous small meadows as it climbed the ridge to the south.
Viewed: 95 times.
09/06/2003 09:40 AM
TL
Spotted this on the side of trail and haven't a clue as to what it is.  Was about the size of a tennis ball.
Update:  Checked with Michael Wood of the Mycological 
Society of San Francisco who verified that it is a Sculpted Puffball fungus (Calvatia 
Sculpta)
Info from his website:  here
BB
Spotted this on the side of trail and haven't a clue as to what it is. Was about the size of a tennis ball.


Update: Checked with Michael Wood of the Mycological
Society of San Francisco who verified that it is a Sculpted Puffball fungus (Calvatia
Sculpta)


Info from his website: here
Viewed: 132 times.
09/06/2003 09:45 AM
TL
Trail junction about 5 miles along the trail, shortly before Turner meadow.
BB
Trail junction about 5 miles along the trail, shortly before Turner meadow.
Viewed: 114 times.
09/06/2003 09:49 AM
TL
After Turner meadow, the trail met up with my route from my April backpacking trip.  (See this album).  Again took the clockwise route around the loop.
BB
After Turner meadow, the trail met up with my route from my April backpacking trip. (See this album). Again took the clockwise route around the loop.
Viewed: 108 times.
09/06/2003 10:35 AM
   
 leftdot 1  leftdot 2  leftdot 3  leftdot 4  leftdot 5  rightdot
Next Page (Accesskey 'N') Last Page (Accesskey 'L')
Gallery: John Fedak's Photo Album navigate UP (accesskey 'U')
Powered by Gallery v1 [RSS]
Guestbook All images and content 2002-2007 John Fedak
Web site engine code is Copyright © 2003 by PHP-Nuke. All Rights Reserved. PHP-Nuke is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL license.
Page Generation: 1.09 Seconds