Rafferty Creek Hike | Lasting Adventures

Rafferty Creek, Vogelsang, Lyell Canyon Loop

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The Rafferty Creek Hike is a strenuous backcountry loop that offers the participant an amazing extended day option into the Yosemite high country. High alpine lakes, creeks, and snow fields come into view as does some of the highest peaks in the Yosemite Valley. Lyell Canyon itself is a very serene and picturesque location.


Meeting Location: Tuolumne Permit Station at 8,640′
High Point: Ireland Lake Junction: 10,410′
Elevation Gain: 1,770′

We will begin the Rafferty Creek Hike by meeting at the Tuolumne Permit Station in Tuolumne Meadows at 7am sharp, it is a long day so please try to be on time. The elevation here is 8,640′. After quick introductions, safety procedures and precautions, and itinerary layout we will warm up hiking an easy 1.3 miles along the gorgeous Tuolumne River to the Rafferty Creek junction. This is where the ascent begins, gaining 1300 vertical feet in the next moderately strenuous 5 miles on our way to Tuolumne Pass and the high country along Rafferty Creek, which will supply ice-cold, crystal clear, refreshing pure snow-melt water the entire way up. We will continue on an easy, water-free mile towards Vogelsang High Sierra Camp located 10130’ high at the base of Fletcher Peak. Here you will find running water and restrooms available for use, as well as beautiful perspectives of Fletcher and Vogelsang peaks as well as Mathes Crest. We will take time to rest and eat lunch along the shores of Fletcher Lake.

The next 3.5 miles will bring us past the gorgeous lakes of Fletcher, Evelyn, and “No-Name” to the Lyell Canyon/Ireland Lake junction. This will be the highest elevation on the trip, at a whopping 10,410 feet we are offered amazing scenes of Yosemite’s High Country. For 3 miles following, we will descend 1500 vertical feet into Lyell Canyon, ending the day’s ups and downs. Once in Lyell Canyon, it is a flat and easy, beautiful 5.5 or so mile hike through a wide, green canyon along the meandering Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River back to our starting point.

Price Includes: Custom Lasting Adventures “Get High on Granite” Souvenir T-shirt.

Guides carry first aid kits, water purification methods, toilet paper (for emergencies), suntan lotion and bug repellent. Please plan to bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottles, etc. Remember, all profits from our guided trips go towards supporting our youth summer camp program.

Note: Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.

Trip Specifics:

Length: 10-12 hours
Mileage: 18.5 Miles
Rating: Strenuous
Meeting Location: Tuolumne MeadowsWilderness Permit Station
Meeting Time: 7am
Available: May-Oct
Cost: 1 person: $300
2 people: $160 each
3+people $120 each
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