TravelThis Breathtaking New Hike in Yosemite Isn't for the Faint of Heart
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Firefall is a once-a-year phenomenon that draws hundreds to Yosemite.
may be nearing 130 years old, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to explore.
Yosemite became a National Park way back on Oct. 1, 1890. Since then,, , and extreme backpackers have tried their best to cover every square inch of the park in pursuit of a little peace and quite. But, just this week, a new trail was discovered by professional backpacker Andrew Skurka.
And sure, this path isn’t for the faint of heart. After all, it is whatcalled a 94-mile “quad buster.” But, it is something new.
“Its scenery and off-trail travel make for a consistent world-class backpacking experience,” Skurka told The Chronicle about his new hike, which he found after spending nine days in the backcountry. “Its terrain is physically challenging but never contrived or stupidly hard.”
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A new proposal could mean bigger crowds at one of the most exclusive hiking spots in the southwestern United States.The federal Bureau of Land Management proposed changes Wednesday that would increase daily visitor limits from 20 people to 96 people per day at The Wave, a popular rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border.Permits to hike The Wave have drastically increased over the past five years as the trail gained notoriety for its colorful, contoured landscape.Agency official Mike Herder says the move is aimed at giving more people an opportunity to do the hike. Visitors compete for permits in a monthly online lottery and daily walk-in drawings near the site.
The new trail, The Chronicle reported, is what is known as a “high route.” That means it’s an off-trail path that typically “contours around deep valleys and climbs over steep passes in high-elevation regions.”
Though ropes aren’t needed for the new trail it should be noted that there are areas on the hike where there are steep drop-offs that could result in injury.
To get to the new route hikers can approach from several different well-defined paths. Tuolumne Meadows, along Tioga Road, serves as a central point of access to the route, which also stems both north and south.
As The Chronicle noted, the route takes hikers off trail through some of the most remote parts of the park and up steep talus passes. Along the way the route stays above forested valleys, providing those brave enough to try it with stunning views. In total, the route covers more than 28,000 vertical feet of elevation gain.
Yosemite Is Thriving This Spring
Between the return of red-legged frogs and a particularly good waterfall season, this spring is the time to go to the fan-favorite national park.
Still, even with this remarkable new find, Skurka stayed humble about it all. “I’m by no means the first person to have linked things together,” he said. “I guarantee, people who’ve been Yosemite aficionados for 30 years have done large sections of this route.”
Think you’re brave enough to try Skurka’s find? Check out the route map onnow.
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