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  1. No quantity or number; naught; the figure 0.
  2. A day in which no miles are hiked.

Hetch Hetchy Alternate: day 1

written Jun 26, 2017 @ 03:06 AM after hiking 23.80 miles

As mentioned previously, I'm taking an alternate route through Yosemite in order to avoid some very hazardous creek crossings. Well, today is the start of this journey!

Additionally, I'm going solo, so this will be a new experience.

First off: climb Yosemite Falls at 4:00am to beat the heat.

Yosemite Falls in the pre-dawn

Once I had climbed like 3,000 feet, it was time to turn west and hike to El Capitan. This wound up being unimpressive because I didn't see it from the valley floor, so it was just like any other vista point for me. Oh well.

It was a good place to have breakfast, at least.

Then it was time to start the cross-country hike to Hetch Hetchy. This was very scenic and very pretty.

I crossed rivers!

And I went through meadows!

And I went through forests!

All told, this unmaintained trail was awesome. It was easy to follow the trail, despite having been unmaintained for several years due to a forest fire. I made good time and wound up not quite making it all the way to Hetch Hetchy, but I was close.

I'll reach it tomorrow morning.