The trail starts at 8,400 feet elevation and actually climbs for a short distance before starting the rambling descent down to Snow Creek and the edge of the canyon. Indian Ridge, dividing Snow Creek from Lehamite Creek was evident through the trees as we cruised down the forested trail.
|Bridge over Snow Creek|
|Half Dome through beyond the forest|
|Canyon wall trail|
|Indian Paintbrush and Chinese Lantern|
|South Wall Tenaya Canyon|
|Half Dome and Yosemite Valley|
|One last look at Half Dome from the valley floor|
We got to Curry Village on foot well before 2 PM and had to kill three hours before our bus ride back up. Ice Cream!!
We managed to fill the time eating, drinking, and watching a movie at the Visitor Center. We had our good luck charm "Hikin' Bill" with us so the rain didn't fall until we were under cover at the V.C. The bus was right on time and 90 minutes, and 45 road miles later, the kind driver dropped us right next to the car at the trailhead. The easiest 5000+ foot elevation change hike we've ever done!
Distance: 10+ miles
Elevation change: Up - 1,250 feet, Down - 5,800 feet
Snow Creek - Upper
Snow Creek - Middle
Snow Creek - Lower