Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

by | Adventures, Hiking

We found Yeti / Bigfoot! More on that in a minute. ?

Vogelsang High Sierra Camp in Yosemite National Park, was established in 1940 and is a great basecamp for hikes to the surrounding alpine lakes such as Evelyn Lake, Ireland Lakes, Emeric Lake, Booth Lake and Vogelsang Lake. At 10,000ft elevation, it is the highest of the High Sierra Camps and a fun destination in itself.

Lindsay and I left from Yosemite on a 3 day adventure to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and back. The hike was a 26 mile loop beginning and ending at the John Muir Trailhead, across from Dog Lake parking area. The first couple of miles followed the John Muir Trail along the Lyell Fork of the Tuloumne River. At Rafferty Creek Junction, begins a 1,200 ft ascent to Tuolumne Pass. We stopped to camp before Tuolumne Pass where we enjoyed dinner wine and pop rocks. Yea, we wanted to really hear those pop rocks pop!

Pop Rocks and Wine

Because Pop Rocks REALLY pop with wine!

The next morning we packed up camp, left no trace, and pushed forward! We had no idea what lay ahead. Literally, we didn’t know what a High Sierra Camp consisted of. We were just happy to have permit for a trail! On the way we experienced some of the most amazing scenery we have ever seen, and we’ve seen some beautiful sights. 

Of course, our adventure wouldn’t be complete without a Bigfoot/Yeti sighting! You can see in the snow where the Yeti left a footprint! After seeing this we were hopeful to find the man himself, Mr. Yeti! After all, we were on Yeti Nother Adventure. Now, if you look at the next image you’ll see the real deal. When he saw us, he stood motionless. Motionless for 2 days! You can tell it’s Bigfoot because the picture is blurry. How many times has Bigfoot been photographed and not been blurry?

Yeti/Bigfoot Sierra Nevada

He’s just a blurry kind of guy. We were also impressed with how well he was camouflaged! He blended in with the rock perfectly.

So the hike continued through more beautiful scenery past lakes, wildflowers, bald eagles, and marmots. It just didn’t end. As we were walking along, I mentioned to Lindsay that I thought Vogelsang HSC was an actual camp with tent cabins and possibly food that didn’t need to be re-hydrated, but that was just speculation. I was probably just hungry and hoping for an oasis. About 10 minutes later we looked up only to see tent cabins in the distance. It IS a camp! And there may be REAL FOOD!

Not only did they have real food. They had the most amazing food imaginable. Fresh Salmon with a creamy dill sauce, over a bed of wild rice and asparagus. This, a salad and homemade bread.
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp


Oh, did I forget dessert? Dessert was amazing!

Vogelsang High Sierra Camp Dessert

The next morning we did some fly fishing and exploring. We were in constant amazement of the beauty that surrounded us. After a seated breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, toast, fruit, orange juice and coffee, we packed up our campsite and headed back to the trail for the long, downhill hike back to the car.

This was probably one of the best three day getaway’s we’ve ever been on. I can’t describe anticipating re-hydrated food only to find gourmet seated meals. It was a fun treat. There will be plenty more times to enjoy our re-hydrated food.