One Hundred Hikes in Yosemite

Trails of Yosemite's Southeastern Backcountry
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Introduction: This section explores the back ways into southeastern Yosemite. As roads in the Sierra National Forest were steadily upgraded-particularly Forest Route 7 (old Road 5S07)-more and more hikers discovered-and returned to-this scenic area. The Chain Lakes and the lakes of the southwest part of Ansel Adams Wilderness already rival many of the Park's better-known lakes in popularity. Much of the landscape is lodgepole-pine forest, but around Fernandez, Post Peak, and Isberg passes, the vegetation shifts to subalpine. Truly alpine Red Peak Pass, at 11,180 feet elevation, is the highest trail point in the entire Park. Two of this section's natural attractions are not found anywhere else in the other sections: a broad, scenic subalpine plateau and an unbelievable mottled-granite landscape-both seen along Hikes 98 and 100.

Supplies and Services: Oakhurst, at the crossroads of Highways 41 and 49, has just about everything you'll need for a backcountry hike. Closer to the trailheads is a settlement at the south end of Forest Route 7 (Beasore Road), just above the north shore of Bass Lake. Here in Pines Village are cafes and restaurants, a market, a gas station, and tourist-oriented businesses. After driving 13.5 miles north up Forest Route 7, you'll reach Jones Store, with a few but very pertinent food items. Also selling food plus other assorted items is the Minarets Pack Station, located on Road 5S88 (see the third trailhead description in Hike 97). This large pack station, located near Miller Meadow, serves the western part of Ansel Adams Wilderness and the southeastern part of Yosemite National Park.

Wilderness Permits: Get one at the Yosemite-Sierra Visitors Bureau, on Highway 41 north of Oakhurst and about one mile before a junction with Road 222 to Bass Lake. For Hikes 99 and 100 you can get one at the Clover Meadow Ranger Station, located close to their trailheads. Permits are also available at the Mariposa-Minarets Ranger District Office in North Fork, but for most people this is out of the way.

Campgrounds: If you are driving up late at night, you might want to stop at Chilkoot Campground, 4 miles up Forest Route 7. Otherwise, use Upper Chiquito Campground for Hikes 94, 95, and 96. You branch left from Forest Route 7 about one mile beyond a junction with Road 5S04, opposite Globe Rock. For Hikes 97 and 98 use Bowler Group Camp if you are in a group or else use Clover Meadow Campground. Both are mentioned in Hike 97's trailhead information. For Hikes 99 and 100 use Granite Creek Campground, mentioned in Hike 99's trailhead information.

Click here to go to the complete trail listing for Yosemite's Southeastern Backcountry (Hikes 94-100)


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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