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Waterwheel n More

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avatar Waterwheel n More
June 12, 2018 04:27PM
Headed up to the Eastern Sierra on Memorial Day.
Thought about hiking up to Green Lake Bishop, but there was more snow than I wanted to deal with.


Checked out the Gable Lakes trail at Pine Creek


Headed up to Tuolumne and looked around Tenaya Creek and Polly Dome.




Went to Waterwheel the next day.
Wasn't flooded too bad around Mattie Lake Falls. Stayed dry weaving around and crossing downed logs.




Went to Big Pine on the way home



Re: Waterwheel n More
June 12, 2018 07:09PM
Nice, TFS. What route did you take up Polly Dome?
avatar Re: Waterwheel n More
June 13, 2018 06:05PM
I park on Tioga Road just west of Mariuolumne Dome to start up Polly Dome. Head SW to Low Profile Dome, which also has great views for very little effort.
Head west from there through the forest, and then SW for ever increasing views.
Re: Waterwheel n More
June 12, 2018 08:50PM
Um.. pretty sure that’s not Waterwheel Fall. Sadly, we r both recovering from cold, and almost asleep...so can’t show u pic or such right now, but think Basilbop has posted pic/TR including it before.

Maybe wrong video got uploaded?

More tomorrow, Gnite!
avatar Re: Waterwheel n More
June 12, 2018 09:02PM
Tanks fur Sharon

nom nom nom
fun fun fun

Yeah, JKW right. That video is taken a bit upstream of LeConte Falls.

Lots of great water falls all the way from Return up... so... hey, Return?
smiling smiley

Here's the spot-ish from Dec 27,2017 ... you can match the rocks and such...

Have fun

Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Waterwheel n More
June 13, 2018 05:36PM
Oh Man, I get so confused in the GCT. I thought the bottom of that cascade looks like the bottom of Waterwheel. So many cascades on the Tuolumne that it gets kind of mind numbing.
First went to the GCT about 15 years ago. We reached California Falls, and a friend didn't want to go any further, and we thought oh that must be Waterwheel.
Returned in 2011. Definitely went past Wildcat Point and the big bend in the Tuolumne. Very aware of all the confusion between Le Conte and Waterwheel.
Didn't make it back until this year. Wasn't planning on doing the GCT, but turned out to be a great early season hike. No wonder I keep missing the spur trail to Le Conte Falls.
Any specific info on finding spur trail to Le Conte? Don't need too much excuse to get back to the GCT, because it is always incredible. Hopefully won't be more than a couple of years.
avatar Re: Waterwheel n More
June 19, 2018 01:46PM
You'll spy LeConte before Waterwheel. There's a spur that is pretty obvious.
You know you've reached Waterwheel when you hit the LARGE switch back heading to Return.
Lots of open and switchers after that.
This spot above Waterwheel should be "obvious"

The spur to LeConte is here:

Good luck

If this post is obvious.... sorry... you asked a question... and it deserved at least some sort of response imo

Chick-on is looking at you!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/19/2018 01:47PM by chick-on.
avatar Re: Waterwheel n More
June 19, 2018 05:59PM
Interesting how Waterwheel and the un-named falls both hit a ridge at the bottom with a large rock, make a turn and
have a large tree. Still look similar to me, if I look at that part. Just need to start day hike earlier next time, or back pack it.
Great trip anyway.
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