Mt Watkins

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Today we clarify who Mt Watkins was named after. Yes, it was good old Carleton Watkins the photo-man.

Mt. Watkins as taken by Carleton himself

We talked about him 2 days ago. It stands 8,497 feet above sea-level and lies up on the west side of  Tenaya Canyon and is a prominent landmark for hikers visiting Mirror Lake. You can clearly see it from the top of Half Dome. It has a big southern facing wall. It was first climbed in1964, taking 5 days by Warren Harding, Chuck Pratt and Yvon Chouinard. Hiking up that canyon past Mirror Lake is not recommended by the park. Very dangerous and a few deaths over the eons. Since I don’t climb, I’ll pass on that. But you can get there from the Highway 120 – Olmsted Point / Hidden Lake area.  There’s isn’t a firm marked trail to the summit, so it requires some off-trail hiking. The route is about 8 miles and 4 hours round trip. From the top of  Mt. Watkins, one has a 360-degree view of Yosemite Park.  Looking east, the view of Clouds Rest’s shear face and of course, the big guy, Half Dome are awesome.

Mt Watkins as taken by Ricky D from Half Dome

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Unrelated thought worth quoting: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli. We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” – Marine Corp anthem
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


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