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Ghost Forest to Deer Camp Bypass

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.3 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 601' 183 m
Descent: -80' -24 m
High: 7,635' 2,327 m
Low: 7,079' 2,158 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Tilman Giese

A Yosemite Wilderness hike through meadows and burnt forest.

Tilman Giese

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

This trail leads from Bridalveil Creek at the Lost Bear Meadow to the junction to Deer Camp. The first mile of the hike alternates between wildflower meadows and sparser forest of lodgepole pines. After half a mile, you cross a tributary to Bridalveil Creek by hopping over a few boulders. The cutoff trail to Ostrander Lake is to the left soon thereafter. Continue right.

At about 1 mile, the scenery changes dramatically as you enter a section of the trail that was burnt very recently. The black leafless trunks are still standing as if it was yesterday. But this area is far from dead. Larger patches of spectacular wildflower meadows are slowly reclaiming this section of the forest.

As you make your way through this surreal landscape, the trail starts to ascend moderately up the slope until it reaches a sunny ridgetop clearing at 2.5 miles that was not affected by the fire. Even though you are at about 7,650 feet, you only get a few views west over the forested Yosemite Wilderness. The trail drops slightly after that and leads through a few more meadows until it reaches the Deer Camp junction at 3.3 miles.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Jul 4, 2018
Tilman Giese

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This section of the trail was burnt a few years ago. It still looks as if it was yesterday.
Apr 2, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
Wildflowers line both sides of the trail in spring and summer
Apr 2, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
Islands of green meadow have found their way into the burnt forest with some trees burnt half way up.
Apr 2, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
A big wildflowers meadow is right before the junction to Deer Camp.
Apr 2, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
The ridgetop clearing at the highest point of the trail to the Deer Camp junction
Apr 3, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA
Burnt trees almost reach to the very top of this trail.
Apr 3, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA

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