The three of us left San Francisco at 7:30am and arrived at the Yosemite National Park west entrance around 12:30.
With permits in hand, we drove to Tuolumne Meadows. The tourist season is over in Yosemite. The gear shop and gas station are closed (perhaps permanently) and the Post Office and general store building is being taken down.
Laurie had a great idea to leave our car at the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness permit office parking lot and hitchhike to the Mono Pass trailhead. This way we’d have a car when we finish our hike. She’s pretty smart!
We snacked/ate lunch as we assembled our bear boxes and were ready to hitch at 2:15pm.
Not having much luck for the first 10 minutes, we decided to make a sign. Five minutes later, Jeff, a climber from Utah stopped to give us a lift in his Subaru.
At 2:45pm, we were on the trail. The fresh air and gently graded trail were a welcoming treat.
We encountered snow as we turned toward Parker Pass. And the views really opened up. The snowy mountains add to beauty of the mountains.
At 5pm, we reached Parker Pass. We descended for maybe a half a mile and set up camp, leaving the very snowy Koip Pass for the next day.
The cold temps descended upon us quickly. After dinner, as the last of the light faded, we retired to our tents around 7:30om.