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avatar Falls Ridge Trip
July 27, 2011 10:05PM
IMO it's only fair to share since I've gleaned some ideas and knowledge I possibly would never
have known without this crazy board. ***

Ever since I went up Wildcat Pt. in 2008 and got a REALLY good look at Falls Ridge I've
had the idea to traverse the thing. Got my chance this last weekend.
Coupled with "Murphy Ridge" and May Lake Mystery Trail we ended up with a nice loop
we lots of cross country and lots of solitude.
Falls Ridge is anything but an easy ridge and was only able to complete the western half.
(we rarely go with a fixed plan anyway so that's always OK)

Here's a set of photos. Hopefully it does the place justice.

https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/FallsRidge

For those who don't look at sets here's two:
Falls Ridge Eastern Portion:


Old Dude Tree:


Note to basilbop: Did not explore Cathedral Creek. Wanted to stay high and camp on
ridges and away from water as much as possible. Plan on going back and doing as
much as can of eastern half and exploring the creek some... eventually completing the
entire ridge and hiking the entire creek.

*** you can read this as too many others don't



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avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 27, 2011 10:13PM
Very nice set of pictures (this and the May Lake Mystery Trail), thanks.
avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 27, 2011 10:22PM
The more I look at Old Dude Tree.... the more I like it.
I just noticed he has a cape!



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avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 29, 2011 08:39PM
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chick-on
The more I look at Old Dude Tree.... the more I like it.
I just noticed he has a cape!

Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 27, 2011 10:37PM
That tree is awesome, ive really got to get out of the valley more
avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 27, 2011 11:04PM
Thanks for sharing the photographs. They're wonderful.

I have a question regarding this one:




On top of which dome (or peak) was this shot of you and Chick-a (and of LeConte Falls and Glen Aulin) taken?
avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 06:45AM
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plawrence
On top of which dome (or peak) was this shot of you and Chick-a (and of LeConte Falls and Glen Aulin) taken?

A wee bit east of 8615:


Getting up to this pt. requires the most bushwhacking on the western portion... or some serious route picking with debatable class 3 stuff
(I just blasted thru the shrub on the way down) (it's 99% not Manz smiling smiley )

Added a few pictures to the set:

Picture looking west from 8615 from near Chick-on Little Dome (neat little dome with great view of LeConte):
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/FallsRidge#5634397481209576770

And what you may end up looking up at to get to 8615 (YSMV):
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/FallsRidge#5634397458931914322

Chick-on Little Dome:
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/FallsRidge#5634397922392865458



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Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 01:04PM
On one of 3 trips I've done to the Wildcat Point area, we explored all along the brink of that cliff north of Wildcat Point frame left. Those areas look down on the LeConte and Waterfall Falls areas. Have old 35mm KR64 pics of all that. The cliff areas looking down into the canyon north of Wildcat Point are not easily accessed because the granite steepens as it nears the brink areas.
avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 01:35PM
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plawrence
Thanks for sharing the photographs. They're wonderful.

I have a question regarding this one:




On top of which dome (or peak) was this shot of you and Chick-a (and of LeConte Falls and Glen Aulin) taken?

Chick-on's girlfriend is pregnant already?
avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 05:17PM
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tomdisco
Chick-on's girlfriend is pregnant already?

She looked like that when I met her.... Pleasantly plump.

(was gonna mention something about a Twinkie... but this is a family oriented site, no?)



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avatar Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 05:42PM
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chick-on
Quote
tomdisco
Chick-on's girlfriend is pregnant already?

She looked like that when I met her.... Pleasantly plump.


Rubenesque.
(Artistically Yours)
The Marmots
Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 09:59AM
As always, thanks for sharing this trip! I especially like the views of the upper part of the GCT from Falls Ridge.
Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 12:59PM
Did two trips into that area in 80s by going down Cathedral Creek. But did not explore out to north end of Falls Ridge. Very pristine zone including large areas without any old firerings. During big water year, we went down to the west side of the river and camped at areas between California and Waterwheel falls. Not a place for those that navigate by sight alone as cliffs all over landscape. The route down requires careful topo work to avoid steep slabs and cliffs. As an old photographer, I've been hunting spectacular trees for decades. This whole zone on either side of the canyon is one of the best places anywhere to find spectacular Sierra junipers. Many however are difficult to approach given the steepness of canyon walls.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/28/2011 01:08PM by DavidSenesac.
Re: Falls Ridge Trip
July 28, 2011 02:30PM
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chick-on
IMO it's only fair to share since I've gleaned some ideas and knowledge I possibly would never
have known without this crazy board. ***

Ever since I went up Wildcat Pt. in 2008 and got a REALLY good look at Falls Ridge I've
had the idea to traverse the thing. Got my chance this last weekend.
Coupled with "Murphy Ridge" and May Lake Mystery Trail we ended up with a nice loop
we lots of cross country and lots of solitude.
Falls Ridge is anything but an easy ridge and was only able to complete the western half.
(we rarely go with a fixed plan anyway so that's always OK)

Here's a set of photos. Hopefully it does the place justice.

https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/FallsRidge

For those who don't look at sets here's two:
Falls Ridge Eastern Portion:


Old Dude Tree:


Note to basilbop: Did not explore Cathedral Creek. Wanted to stay high and camp on
ridges and away from water as much as possible. Plan on going back and doing as
much as can of eastern half and exploring the creek some... eventually completing the
entire ridge and hiking the entire creek.

*** you can read this as too many others don't

Is taht an Orc that tree just stepped on? I could swear that is Tree Beard
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