My botched attempt to hike Mount Dana left me unsatisfied. It was the right decision to turn around and go back no doubt, but it was still early in the day and I absolutely intended to fill my last day in Yosemite with more activity.
“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” (Hermann Buhl, Austrian mountaineer)
I guess the fact that this post only contains three photos already tells you that something went wrong – Mount Dana is Yosemite’s second highest peak, and a fantastic vista point. When the weather cooperates, that is – and on my hike, it just didn’t.
For my last day and hike in Yosemite I picked the Gaylor Lakes/Granite Lakes hike that starts right at the Tioga Pass entrance into the park. It meant a shorter drive and the hike wasn’t too long or strenuous either, leaving me with enough energy for the long drive home to San Diego afterwards.