Julie Miller and I teamed up to lead a trip for the association called “Three Great Lakes.” We took a wonderful group of Yosemite lovers to three of our favorite lakes in the Tuolumne Meadows area. Julie is a very knowledgeable and fun guide and her enthusiasm for the park is contagious. Our group included a local resident, a couple from the Bay Area, a couple from Southern California, and their lifelong friend from Israel. With such a diverse group, the topics of conversation along the trail proved to be wide-ranging, and I think I learned just as much as the participants!
Lake of the Domes, our destination for day one, hides behind a ridge of granite near Cathedral Peak. I would probably not be exaggerating to describe the lake as one of the prettiest in the Sierra. We ate our lunch on the ridge near the lake and enjoyed sweeping views of the surrounding peaks, including my favorite mountain, Mt. Conness. Much to my delight, the day was quite windy and the sky produced a series of lenticular clouds.
Day two we journeyed to Raisin Lake, a small lake located due east of May Lake. The next day, I had to travel to San Francisco for a conference on risk management (a startling contrast to touring Sierra lakes), but Julie reported that the group had a beautiful day in the Gaylor Lakes basin.
We’ll be offering Three Great Lakes in 2006 so check the Yosemite Outdoor Adventure catalog for dates!