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Backpacking to Ostrander Lake, Yosemite National Park

Ostrander Lake, Yosemite National Park

From time-to-time I enjoy looking at some of my older photos to remember bygone adventures.  It’s from one of these periods of reflection that today’s blog germinated.

When I lived in Southern California, I enjoyed spending time each summer exploring the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains — John Muir’s Range of Light.  While much of California is hot as an oven in the summer, these mountains offer a pleasant climate and excellent backpacking opportunities.  In the summer there’s enough water in the lakes that you don’t need to carry more than a day’s worth — very different and much easier than what’s required when backpacking in the Mojave desert.  The weather is warm in the day, cool at night, and almost without …

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“Pic of the Week”, Sept. 20, 2013. Ostrander Lake, Yosemite National Park

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Ostrander Lake is a popular destination in Yosemite National Park, both in the summer and winter.  The lake is situated south of Yosemite Valley and lies about 8500 feet (2600 m) above sea level,  just below the treeline.  Bridalveil Creek flows from this lake, eventuating in lovely Bridalveil Falls that you readily see from Yosemite Valley’s famous lookout.   It’s just over a six mile (about 9 km) trail to the lake from the Glacier Park road, easy at first, the last half quite steep.  In the summer the trail is used by both backpackers and day-hikers.  The hut at the lake is much in demand during winter with people who cross-country ski and snow-shoe, but is closed during the …

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