Smith Peak

Morgan Brown

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The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails

By R.J. Secor. The High Sierra hiking/climbing guidebook. Amazingly exhaustive. An indispensible trip planning aid.

On May 24-25, 2003, Kim, myself, Kim's friend Hari, and Hari's friend Kayo camped on the summit of Smith Peak (~7800'), which is a local highpoint in the Hetch Hetchy region of Yosemite NP. Tioga Road being closed at this time, we figured that the hike would be the perfect alternative to Yosemite Valley hell on Memorial Day. From the Mather Ranger Station, the trail to the summit climbs roughly 3300 feet over nearly 8 miles, with the bulk of the mileage passing through recently burned forests.

We took a leisurely pace and arrived on the summit around 19:00. Views from Smith Peak's summit were astounding, and the campsite perfect. We could see deep into many important ranges: Matterhorn Peak, Mount Conness, and Mount Clark, to name a few. A consolidated snowfield blanketed Smith Peak's north slopes, providing an easy alternative to wading through manzanita hell, and also a readily available water supply for cooking and cleaning.

After a windless, warm night on the summit, we humped it down to the Dimond-O campground, where the three women stayed the next night while I headed back to Palo Alto.

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Our route from Mather Ranger S...
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Route from White Wolf to Smith...
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Kim, Hari, and Kayo at the beg...
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Kim, Hari, and Kayo at the beg...
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Lots of water flowing on May 2...
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These meaty red buds were spro...
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A scenic cascade of water near...
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Group making its way through C...
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Typical deadwood forest.
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The unnamed meadow between Cot...
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The unnamed meadow between Cot...
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Filling water. Note snowbank ...
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A snowfield covers the north f...
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Panorama from the summit of Sm...
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Morgan on Smith Peak's summit,...
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Kim on Smith Peak's summit, ca...
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Tiltill Valley from Smith Peak...
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Hari climbing the last section...
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Sunset from our camp on Smith ...
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Kim and Morgan and sunset from...
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Relaxing on Smith Peak's summi...
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Hari and Kayo relaxing at nigh...
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Sunrise from our camp on Smith...
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Kayo and Morgan in camp on mor...
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Hari taking in excellent morni...
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Kim in camp, ready to go.
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Group descending snowfield on ...
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Grassy water in Cottonwood Cre...
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Typical log-covered trail belo...
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Morgan descending typical logj...
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Hari and Kayo finishing the hi...
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Group photo at Dimond-O campgr...

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