Scale is 0 to 4.
Time of year visited: May
- View: 3.5 See for yourself. There are other areas in this canyon where you can camp on a lake with a mountain backdrop.
- Water: 3.5 I tried to camp on some high ground, but in this canyon you’re never far from the river. This was especially true in May when the snow melt was flooding everything.
- Accessibility: 0.5 I was about 14 miles from the nearest trailhead, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, but it was trails the whole way. In May, however, navigation can be challenging when you reach the canyon due to snowpack and flooding covering the trails.
- Solitude: 3 This was an at-large camping area and I hadn’t seen another soul since the previous morning, but that may have been because I was the only one foolish enough to hike this canyon during snowmelt. In summer, you might have to get a little further from the trail not to see foot traffic.
- Comfort: 2 I slept on a large rock outcropping to get above the flooding, and with one eye open due to all the fresh bear markings, but it was flat and dry.
- Coolness: 2.5 Solitude with fantastic scenery.
Of Note: This was my first trip to Yosemite and I was caught off guard by the amount of water. Snowmelt in the big mountains is no joke, even in May. It made for lots of flooding and uncrossable creeks and rivers.