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Re: Tenaya to Happy: Recap

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Tenaya to Happy: Recap
June 25, 2012 07:57PM
1. Went up to Sunrise TH via Joker's bus. Decided to see how much we could squeeze in between 10AM & 9PM. The plan was to include both Quarter Pounders and the Liberty Bell via the crack on the back (as suggested in that off-trail hikes thread). The driver of the bus got us to the TH 10 minutes ahead of time. A few mosquitoes early in the trail, but nothing that 25% deet couldn't solve. From the top of the switchbacks, turned right to that teaser vista point. With binocs, got a very nice view of the Lone Boulder.

2. Clouds Rest (1:45 PM): quite a few parties at the summit. Nice day, but the winds were howling. I'd say at least 30 mph, perhaps up into the 40s. Most people didn't stay very long - it was a bit miserable up there. It was a good reminder to bring a pair of gloves at the higher elevations, just in case. Looking across towards Half, there were probably 50 people on the cables. Went down the other side of CR a bit off-trail, close to the Pinnacles. Ideas of climbing one of those were dispelled upon close examinations.

3. The x-country towards the Quarters wasn't as straightforward as we thought. We also turned into the forest a bit lower than we should have. As a result, we ended up doing only lower Quarter - didn't feel like heading back up. We went as far left as we could, then headed up the steep slabs. It was similar to going up Basket - smaller & not as tall but perhaps a bit steeper. The views were tremendous, particularly down into Tenaya Canyon. There wasn't much left of Pywiack, unfortunately. With the slightest touch of sour grapes, I can't see how the view from the higher Quarter is much better (lol). From Lower, you are closer to Watkins Pinnacles, Half, and the Valley. Hung around for about 40 minutes, left around 4:40ish.

4. From lower, x-countried through the forest all the way down to the John Muir trail, close to where it meets the Half Dome trail. This took longer than planned too. Saw a few deer and one young coyote on the way. We heard a helicopter in the distance, sounded like it was coming from the Half Dome area. Hopefully no one got hurt. Didn't get to LYV area until it was near 6:40ish. Fatigue started to set in a little bit at this point - some pain in the right knee, enough to be bothersome. No time for Liberty sad smiley

5. Reached Nevada Fall a little after 7PM. It was stunning how strong the water was above the brink (will post a vid on u-tube). As previously mentioned, it was quite misty. Hung around here until 7:40, raced down the JMT (skipped Vernal), got to drinking fountain & footbridge around 8:50. Reached Happy Isles around 9:10.

As you can see, not everything went as planned. But it was a full day of fun. Time management is always a problem for these longer hikes, but it's tough to pull yourself away from some of these view points. They are just too nice to spend only 5-10 minutes each. I'll pick out some photos to share over the next day or two. Thanks for reading.
avatar Re: Tenaya to Happy: Recap
June 25, 2012 08:37PM
We were up on Watkins, watched the chopper come up from the Valley and land under the sub-dome. It hung out there for a while.



Pretty impressive considering how windy it was.

The easiest way to the Quarters from CR is to cut off the trail at the very first switchback and head down the slabs.
Re: Tenaya to Happy: Recap
June 25, 2012 09:41PM
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We were up on Watkins, watched the chopper come up from the Valley and land under the sub-dome. It hung out there for a while.

Pretty impressive considering how windy it was.

The easiest way to the Quarters from CR is to cut off the trail at the very first switchback and head down the slabs.

You were on Watkins? Shucks...I didn't see anybody over there through the binocs. Did you hike over there, or climb up the Pinnacles?

We did go to that off-trail vista point at the first switchback and saw the Quarters from there. I suggested going down the slabs as an option, but partner didn't feel comfortable with it. Neither of us had any idea how steep that would be, so it wasn't seriously considered. Thanks to your info, we'll give it a go if we decide to head back that way.
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