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High Sierra Backpacking Trip Report: Twin Lakes-Benson Lake Loop, July 14 to July 21, 2018

 

Trip Report
Bensen Lake Loop

July 14 – 21, 2018

Editor's Note
This trip begins and ends at the Twin Lakes Trailhead in the Toiyabe-administered Northern section of the Hoover Wilderness. It climbs precipitiously to, then over the Sierra Crest, into the heart of the very difficult backpacking terrain of the North Yosemite Backcountry.

Intercepting the routes of the unified PCT-TYT along Rancheria Creek in Kerrick Canyon, our route turns South with them, down through the beauties of Seavy Pass before plunging down into the Bensen Hole, only  to climb back out and over Bensen Pass, on our way back to Twin Lakes by splitting off the PCT-TYT to climb up through Matterhorn Canyon, on our way back to our starting trailhead at Twin Lakes.

Check out the maps, miles, and description of this fine route below...
 

Time & Distance

Eight Nights

Around 54 miles

 

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Trail Guide

Bensen Lake Loop Detailed Map

Barney Lake in the Hoover Wilderness
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Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings, & Beware Snow-Covered Trails through July

MONSTER SNOW PACK of the WINTER of 2019

Seasonal News of Note
Yosemite Announces Delayed Facility Openings

Note the Snow will Affect High Trail Access, & Damages will Affect Trails Too

Yosemite National Park Announces Late Seasonal Openings for Several Park Facilities,
Yosemite National Park, March 13, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Damaged Facilities
“...that there will be late seasonal openings to facilities throughout the park...due to the exceptionally heavy snowpack in Yosemite National Park and the subsequent extensive damage to many park facilities.”

Stormy Winter
“...significant storm systems in January and February produced high levels of snow, which resulted in temporary road closures, rock and debris slides, and falling trees. Additionally, these storms resulted in extensive damage to facilities throughout the park. Damage to facilities includes trees falling on and damaging campground restrooms, utilities systems compromised, tent cabins damaged or destroyed, and falling trees impacting campsites, parking areas, hiking trails, and roads.”

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Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat: 2018 Yosemite Firefall

 

Astro-Geo-Water News
Annual Geo-Atmospheric Treat

Yosemite Firefall

With only a trickle of water, Yosemite's 'firefall' still puts on show,
SFCrate, February 21, 2018.

 

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Identity theft by trademark tramples Yosemite’s history

 

Another National Corporate Disgrace

Our Corporate Masters must be Disempowered or Disembowled

Identity theft by trademark tramples Yosemite’s history,
Sierra Star, September 10, 2017.

I say we should ban DNC from any business or contracts from any arm of "our" government, until they decide we own the place names of historic places in Yosemite, & not them. 

 

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Black Beetle, Evelyn Lake in Yosemite

High Sierra insect life

Black Beetle observed at Evelyn Lake during 2012.

 

Black beetle in Yosemite at Evelyn Lake.

 

Trail Guide citation

Map

 

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