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Are any of you familiar with the Pohono Trail? I might hike it in late August and turn it into a short backpacking trip. I wonder if anyone can give me any info on water sources (since it will be dry in August this year with the drought); places to camp; and any other info that you think might be useful.

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Bridalveil usually has a little water regardless. There are camping restrictions, of course, the rangers will update you on that. We did it as a day hike from GP to Tunnel View with a car shuttle without an issue. In August I would expect to swelter. It's pretty steep after Stanford Point down to Tunnel View - easier going downhill.

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Dewey Point has one of the great views in all of YOsemite, and it is well worth the hike.  But between there are Taft Point, the trail is mainly away from the rim, and only has one other area where you get much of a view.

But I also agree that it's a better hike from the top than the bottom...and I would do it as a dayhike.  It's only 11 miles, and the quotas are very small because there aren't that many great places to camp.  Water is an issue, so that you are pretty much forced to camp at Bridalveil Creek,,,or carry a gallon or two to your campsite somewhere else.


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That's a nice dayhike, snag the dnc tour bus and walk down.

For shorter multi days with valley views i like The a North Rim. Again a ride on the dnc Tuolumne bus to get dropped off and then route south and along the rim for an exit at, say, Snow Creek one of the best views of a Half Dome at the top there. Yosemite if you need shorter.

You can also look at the route down from Olmsted or Tenaya, again taking advantage of the tour/hikers bus.
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Thank you for the replies, everyone. I'm definitely in favor of doing hikes in the downhill direction when there is a choice.

Regarding the north rim, where do you think there will be water this August? I'd imagine Yosemite Creek will have a trickle. How about Snow Creek? Any other sources?

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This year's low snow levels (and if a hot summer) will mean YNP's North Rim area creeks probably will be dry come August.

Royal Arch Creek and  Yosemite Falls usually go first..still, expect plenty of filterable water in the deep pools right above the big falls.  Hopefully, (as past history shows) Lehamite Creek holds out a bit later...alas leaving Snow Creek as the only dependable late summer water source in the area late August.


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Thanks Markskor, very helpful info.
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