• Expedition: Oct 11-16, 2015
  • Turlock High School
  • Yosemite National Park: Lyell Canyon

Students from Turlock High School arrived in Yosemite for a backpacking adventure of a lifetime. After packing their gear and exploring Yosemite Valley together, they headed out into the Wilderness of Yosemite's Lyell Canyon near the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The group followed the waters of the Tuolumne River upstream to a great campsite on the edge of the meadow. Many students slept outside under the bright stars with a cool, crisp morning awakening them for their daily adventure. They hiked up the side of the mountain near camp to prepare for their epic challenge the next day: Potter Point. Their practice paid off, as they made their way to the high mountain amidst the rain the following day, being rewarded with panoramic views and a feeling of accomplishment that was unrivaled. On their four-day trip in Yosemite's Wilderness, the group met with Wilderness Ranger Rob to help restore improper campfire rings to their natural state, shared many laughs beside a campfire, explored a secret, quiet corner of Yosemite, all while pushing their own boundaries and making memories that will last forever. The students from Turlock High School truly are ambassadors for Wilderness.

river walk

Crossing the beautiful Tuolumne River.


Man these two days at Curry Village have been amazing. I love that you can see deer and other animals in the parking lot. The first day we go to meet the NatureBridge people. They were nice. The next day we woke up and ate and went to get all the gear ready for the big hi8ke. I am really excited for the 3 day long trip. -Manny

trail line

Hiking on down Lyell Canyon


I've had a lot of fun these past few days from Curry Village to up here in Tuolumne Meadows. We found this dope campsite right next to this amazing section of the river. As I'm writing this, I am sitting on this really flat rock that is completely surrounded by water and has a small waterfall just before it so this is a great spot to just sit and write. Today we did a sort of "practice challenge hike" which was a great experience for everyone in my opinion. I'm so thankful to be out here because I've never been to Yosemite and I've never been backpacking before so this is a great opportunity for me.

campfire sit

Nothing brings a group together like stories and laughs around a campfire!


We climbed up Potter Point today. It was an amazing view. It rained and we were cold. We split up the group. Because of that I made the climb and I enjoyed my decision. It was a hard climb. But I have a great sense of accomplishment and it was a good day. -Damian

ranger clean

Helping to clean improper campfire rings with a Yosemite National Park Ranger.

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