Tuolumne County Highpoint Trip Report
Dates: July 2-3, 2008
I did a solo 2-day trip out to Mount Lyell. I backpacked from Tuolumne Meadow
to 10,500 feet near where you leave the John Muir Trail to head to Lyell on July
2nd and then on July 3rd I climbed Lyell, returned to camp, and backpacked back
out to the trailhead. There was lots of snow out there - patchy snow right
after camp and then I was on snow most of the time from 11,000 feet to just
above the Lyell/Maclure saddle where I picked up the ridge and headed up to the summit.
On the way down I dropped off the summit ridge earlier and hit some
steep and icy snow at the top of the glacier - the snow was much better
down by the saddle where it was soft and sun-cupped but consolidated enough
that I didn't post-hole.
Author: Kathy Wing