Destination: Lyell Canyon, Vogelsang, Rafferty Creek Loop

Total distance (loop): 22.7 miles

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Elevation change: +/- 4000 ft
Entry trailhead: Lyell Canyon
Exit trailhead: Lyell Canyon

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Vogelsang Lake, Creative Common photo by Doug Letterman

I came across this particular itinerary from here on the everytrail.com website.  Typically hikers would start from Lyell Canyon and then onward to the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp (HSC) via the Rafferty creek trail.  However this hiker opt for the Lyell Canyon trail and then ascend to the Vogelsang through the Evelyn Lake trail.  One bonus is that it will avoid the supposedly very dusty Rafferty creek trail in exchange for a 1600 feet elevation gain in 3 miles along Ireland Creek and some nice view.

I have heard of how beautiful the Vogelsang HSC area is and I am hoping that this summer this may be one of the places we can organize a backpacking trip to!

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Looking Down Lyell Canyon

Looking down Lyell Canyon, Creative Commons photo by Roger Williams
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Fletcher Lake, Creative Commons photo by mcbridejc

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Dual Falls, Creative Commons photo by mcbridejc

Further reading:

  1. Entry at Tripadvisor.com
  2. Entry at Everytrail.com
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