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A smoky sunrise in Lee Vining
Departing Lee Vining
First climb of the day up Utility Road
Dana Plateau through the smoke
Starting the main climb up Tioga Pass
Lee Vining Canyon above the smoke
View back toward Lee Vining
Rounding the bend at Ellery Lake
Thick snow can be seen on the East Ridge of Mt. Conness.
Tioga Pass Resort snow damage
Tioga Lake and Mt. Dana
At TIoga Pass, high point of the tour
The meadow is free of snow, but much remains on the peaks.
Tuolumne Meadows are green and lush!
Western end of Tuolumne Meadows
In the background is Fairview Dome.
Standing water on the meadow
Descending to Tenaya Lake
Tenaya Peak is at the left.
Climbing to Olmstead Point
Smoke over Tenaya Canyon
A wasp sting that I never felt.
Smoke from the Detwiler fire lies to the west.
Forest partially burned in the Rim Fire
Taking a break and refilling water at Hodgdon Meadow entrance station
Autos queued to enter Yosemite
I leave CA120 for a while.
Evergreen Road rolls through burned forests.
Entering Camp Mather
Mather Road runs along the rim of the canyon.
Tuolumne River runs at the bottom of its canyon near Preston Falls.
Rolling down Mather Road
Cherry Lake Road runs far below.
North Fork Tuolumne River
Dead tree against an ash-filled sky
Upper end of Cherry Lake Road
At Cherry Valley Dam
The reservoir is short of full.
First notice seen on the road of the closure of Cottonwood Road
Descending into the canyon
Cherry Lake Road descends to Cherry Creek.
Pipe descends mountainside below Joes Point
Signage at Cherry Lake Road and CA120
No notice about Cottonwood Road being closed!
Bridge over South Fork Tuolumne River
Entering Buck Meadows
Entering Tuolumne County
Deer Flat Road is anything but flat.
One-lane Wards Ferry Road descends steeply to Don Pedro Reservoir.
Bridge over Deer Creek
Not much passing room on Wards Ferry Road
Wards Ferry Bridge
Don Pedro Reservoir is full.
North side of Wards Ferry Road
Rough surface of Old Wards Ferry Road
Sawmill Flat Road