It's a beautiful time to explore the Sierra

posted Nov 12, 2019, 3:30 PM by Paul Wagner
Elizabeth Lake with Unicorn Peak©
These fall days are ideal for day hikes in the Sierra.  While the weather might be a bit cool for a high-country backpacking trip (we're seeing temperatures down into teens and lower--ice on the lakes!) and the daylight hours are getting shorter (meaning those temperatures last longer and longer) it's still great for hiking. 

Some of our favorite day hikes have been in October and November, while the rains have held off and the landscape has slowly morphed into its more somber shades of gray, brown, and orange. 

You can't park overnight on Tioga Road anymore, but you can certainly park there and hike out of Tuolumne Meadows during the day.  The same is true of Sonora Pass, Ebbetts Pass, and the roads around Tahoe.  And when you are done hiking, you get to climb into your car, drive to a nice dinner, a warm shower, and a soft bed.

Pretty nice hiking, all in all.

The photos are from hikes around Yosemite in the fall.  Elizabeth Lake, above...Dewey Point at left.