(written by bill)
Just finished our 5th annual Snow Creek hike in Yosemite. Four of us braved the cold weather to make this years trek. Bill (me), and Christian, headed up Friday morning while Paul and Brandon hiked up Friday evening (had to wait for Brandon to get out of school).
While the East Coast is getting pounded this year by the winter weather, California is experiencing one of its worst drought years on record. With that being said, we figured this year would be a pretty easy hike (dry), wrong. It snowed Thursday and Friday making the trail a little tougher then normal, but oh-so-beautiful as we hiked through about twelve inches of fresh powdery snow.
Christian and I made it to the top about 3:30pm with Paul and Brandon arriving about 9:30pm. The advantage of having two of us hiking up early is that we are able to scavenge for wood and have a warm fire waiting for the other two, which we know they greatly appreciated. At about 10pm the skies cleared up and the temps dropped into the single digits during the night. I’d like to say that we all slept warm and toasty, but the fact is we were all up pretty early so we could start the fire and get some warmth.
Over the past few years there has typically been more snow at the top of Snow Creek versus this year, however, with the fresh snow all the trees were covered in white giving us a majestic wintry scene. Absolutely goregeous!
In the morning we all enjoyed the warmth of the fire, ate some breakfast, caught up on what’s going on with each other and then around noon, started back down the trail. Normally we spend two nights in the wilderness, but this year everyone wanted to get home early to prepare for the Superbowl parties. Another great hike!
Click here to check out our Snow Creek 2013 blog
Click here to see more images from this years Snow Creek 2014 hike
Hope you enjoy the pics we’ve included.