The "diving board," summit of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.

Ask Me: Is Early June Too Early For Hiking Mount Whitney and in Yosemite?

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My wife and I, mid-30s, are planning a getaway week (from our kids 3 and 5) for the first week of June. We’ve booked cheap round-trip flights from Cleveland (900’ above sea level) to Las Vegas. I scored permits to overnight on Mount Whitney June 8-9. Our itinerary includes Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, hike to Cathedral Lakes (or beyond), backpack over Clouds Rest, camp near junction with John Muir Trail. Half Dome early a.m., descend Mist Trail to Yosemite Valley. Free Day in Yosemite (North Rim dayhike?). Summit Whitney.

Understanding that a delayed snowmelt could throw a wrench into any plans I make, I’d like to plan this assuming that the high-elevation snowpack will be manageable.

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2 Responses to Ask Me: Is Early June Too Early For Hiking Mount Whitney and in Yosemite?

  1. Laurie Corson   |  June 5, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    A friend of mine did a day hike to Clouds Rest last week. There was snow on the climb out of Tenaya Lake, but not on the final exposed Clouds Rest portion.

    • MichaelALanza   |  June 6, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Thanks for that report, Laurie. Sounds like it’s been an unusually early snowmelt, good for hiking.

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