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Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 01, 2011 07:40PM
Hi, I'm going to Yosemite and planning to hike up to the base of half dome on April 15th... I know that Mist Trail is currently closed and that I can use the John Muir Trail, though that defeats the purpose of the mist trail experience. Does anyone know when they usually re-open mist trail or has anyone heard rumors about this season due to the snowfall a few weeks back? Im keeping my fingers crossed the trail re-opens before I go!!!
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 01, 2011 10:47PM
The part that is closed is the stretch between the gate and the top of Vernal Falls. If you go up the JMT to the next fork, you will drop down and reconnect with the Mist Trail just up the hill from the restroom. Don't have to do the JMT all the way to Nevada Falls, in other words, just to the top of Vernal.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 02, 2011 12:20AM
I wasn't aware of this route. With the wet season we have been having, it will probably be delayed like last year.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 02, 2011 10:44AM
Good to note. Need to keep note of this too.
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April 03, 2011 10:36AM
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AlmostThere
Don't have to do the JMT all the way to Nevada Falls, in other words, just to the top of Vernal.

In fact the JMT is closed between Clark Point and Nevada Falls.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 04, 2011 10:29AM
Around when does it open then?
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April 04, 2011 10:51AM
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kingeorge
Around when does it open then?

Last year it opened in early May.

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,24845,24845#msg-24845
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April 04, 2011 07:07PM
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eeek
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kingeorge
Around when does it open then?

Last year it opened in early May.

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?3,24845,24845#msg-24845

It actually opened sometime b/t April 15-17... but who's counting?



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Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 21, 2011 01:02PM
Thanks. I hope it will be open by next week, if not I have to go this route. Any chance it would be opened by this weekend?
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 22, 2011 12:47PM
I was informed by a bird that I can ignore the gated signs and keep going. Is this common practice? I don't want to get fined.
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April 22, 2011 05:23PM
Trails are usually closed because of icy condition, ice and snow falling on the trail from above, rocks coming loose due to the freeze-thaw cycle etc. If you are properly equipped with gear and knowledge you might not get killed.



Old Dude
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 23, 2011 04:50PM
I like how you stressed the 'might not get killed.' As long as you are equipped and aware of your surroundings, you should be fine.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 04, 2011 11:43AM
I like this part of the hike. It is funny because some people actually come very well prepared... either rain coats and if not, trash bags.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 05, 2011 09:18PM
Thank you to all of you for the information! I'm taking a few people who have never been to yosemite, so I wanted to make sure we could do the mist trail portion... I love this part of the hike and also come prepared with the garbage bag... Lol. Still hoping it'll be opened by then. Thanks again!
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April 06, 2011 03:06AM
This should make the winter closures along JMT/Mist trails a bit clearer.

Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 18, 2011 03:48PM
Thanks for taking your time to make the map. This may come in handle some day.
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April 13, 2011 07:50PM
Mist Trail will be the least of your worries:
(it was iced over completely on Sunday though) (and I mean BAD)
(we still wink crazily/stupidly went up it)

Good luck getting up the subdome though w/o some serious skillz (here it is Monday):




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April 13, 2011 08:32PM
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chick-on
Mist Trail will be the least of your worries:
(it was iced over completely on Sunday though) (and I mean BAD)
(we still wink crazily/stupidly went up it)

I went up it once and wondered why my boots weren't holding as well as I thought they should. Then I put my hand down on a rock and found out why: everything was coated with clear ice. Found the gate closed at the top; not sure why the one at the bottom was open.
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April 14, 2011 07:22AM
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eeek
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chick-on
Mist Trail will be the least of your worries:
(it was iced over completely on Sunday though) (and I mean BAD)
(we still wink crazily/stupidly went up it)

I went up it once and wondered why my boots weren't holding as well as I thought they should. Then I put my hand down on a rock and found out why: everything was coated with clear ice. Found the gate closed at the top; not sure why the one at the bottom was open.
I doubt it looked like this:




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avatar Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 14, 2011 11:10AM
Compared to Wednesday:




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April 14, 2011 11:15AM
That may be crazy.... but I just noticed this on Horsetail... look closely and you can see some ropes.
There were snow cones on Horsetail so we stopped and took some pix.

Click here and zoom in... def. some ropes across the fall itself.
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/MercedLake#5595494568482386690

Be safe out der,
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April 14, 2011 02:23PM
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chick-on
That may be crazy.... but I just noticed this on Horsetail... look closely and you can see some ropes.
There were snow cones on Horsetail so we stopped and took some pix.

Be safe out der,
Chick-on is looking at you!

Those are vines.



Old Dude
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April 14, 2011 02:25PM
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chick-on
That may be crazy.... but I just noticed this on Horsetail... look closely and you can see some ropes.
There were snow cones on Horsetail so we stopped and took some pix.

Be safe out der,
Chick-on is looking at you!

Those are vines.
Where is Tarzan?



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April 14, 2011 02:59PM
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chick-on
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mrcondron
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chick-on
That may be crazy.... but I just noticed this on Horsetail... look closely and you can see some ropes.
There were snow cones on Horsetail so we stopped and took some pix.

Be safe out der,
Chick-on is looking at you!

Those are vines.
Where is Tarzan?

Somewhere in Africa.
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April 14, 2011 11:14PM
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eeek
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chick-on
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mrcondron
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chick-on
That may be crazy.... but I just noticed this on Horsetail... look closely and you can see some ropes.
There were snow cones on Horsetail so we stopped and took some pix.

Be safe out der,
Chick-on is looking at you!

Those are vines.
Where is Tarzan?

Somewhere in Africa.

Forget Tarzan.... where's Jane?
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 16, 2011 06:16PM
Are those people on that ledge, or snow artifacts?
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 16, 2011 06:25PM
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AlmostThere
Are those people on that ledge, or snow artifacts?
When I zoomed in and looked yesterday, I was certain they were people but now that you mention the snow artifacts, I'm much less certain which they are.
--David K
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April 17, 2011 07:49AM
I originally thought it could be peeps or a big climber bag.
But I think it's just a snow covered tree. Take a look at this one
taken in November:

orig here to zoom:
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/MoreJunk#5596559699756173778



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avatar Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 17, 2011 07:54AM
On a related note... In early Feb. I was irritated to see slacker-liners goofing across
Cascade. Kinda ruined the picts from above. It would have been purty kewl to
get some turkey in action though.
Cascade Falls (Big Oak Flat rd. is upper right) (this is zoomed in some)

Zoomed in as far as I could:

Orig of zoom for you to zoom:
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/MoreJunk#5596561118757407410



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avatar Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 14, 2011 12:47PM
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chick-on
I doubt it looked like this:

Not at all like that. It wasn't snowy, just clear ice coating the rocks.
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April 14, 2011 01:29PM
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eeek
Not at all like that. It wasn't snowy, just clear ice coating the rocks.
That's not all snowy you looking at. It's a whole lotta ICE.
Snowy is not dangerous (it's quite often sticky). Icey is.

Take a look at pict. #6 here:
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/MercedLake



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avatar Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 14, 2011 06:15PM
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chick-on
Snowy is not dangerous (it's quite often sticky). Icey is.

Then there's slush. I can say from personal experience, slush is not sticky. Combined with sand, it can be a free-for-all slip-fest.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 18, 2011 02:31PM
Yes, slush can be very dangerous and snow always lead to slush.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 18, 2011 10:07PM
I I wouldn't want to slip anywhere in these pics. The drop doesn't look too fun.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 30, 2011 08:54AM
It is opened!
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 30, 2011 12:09PM
It was gated last weekend, but I just jumped over the gate. The trails were ok last week already.
Re: Mist Trail: 2011 Re-opening?
April 30, 2011 05:31PM
Great. It is one of my regular trails.
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