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|Long day hike from the Bridalveil Trailhead to Buena Vista Peak
Back in April, I had backpacked from the Chilnualna Falls trailhead in hopes of making it to the top of Buena Vista Peak.
A combination of the low snowline and the generally extremely wet condition of the area had me come up a bit short and I've
been meaning to take another trip to the area to complete the unfinished business.
Rather than repeat the climb up from Wawona, I took the somewhat longer (but much less strenuous) route from the
Bridalveil Camp trailhead. Left the bay area around 4:30am, got to the trailhead shortly after 8, and completed the 28 odd
miles in just over 13 hours. The late season weather was near perfect- clear skys and mid 70's in the afternoon.
I'm currently maintiaining the SummitPost Page for Buena Vista Peak: here
Sign near the trailhead. The trailhead is toward the back end of the campround, before the pack station. Hit the trail around 8 as the sun was beginning to climb above the trees.
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09/06/2003 08:05 AM
The trail followed Bridalveil creek for the first couple of miles. Not much of a creek at this time of year.
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09/06/2003 08:17 AM
Some new growth forest near the turnoff to Ostrander Lake. According to the Falcon Guide, the area is recovering from a 1987 fire.
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09/06/2003 08:42 AM
Crossing Bridalveil creek
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09/06/2003 08:47 AM
Junction with a spur that leads over to the Ostrander Lake trail. These are the shortest trailsigns I've seen in the park, don't know if they were driven down or just sunk.
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09/06/2003 08:48 AM
The trail passed through numerous small meadows as it climbed the ridge to the south.
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09/06/2003 09:40 AM
Spotted this on the side of trail and haven't a clue as to what it is. Was about the size of a tennis ball.
Update: Checked with Michael Wood of the Mycological
Society of San Francisco who verified that it is a Sculpted Puffball fungus (Calvatia
Info from his website: here
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09/06/2003 09:45 AM
Trail junction about 5 miles along the trail, shortly before Turner meadow.
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09/06/2003 09:49 AM
After Turner meadow, the trail met up with my route from my April backpacking trip. (See this
album). Again took the clockwise route around the loop.
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09/06/2003 10:35 AM