snow had not yet fallen in the High Sierra by late
October 2001, so I figured I'd squeak in one more
trip before hanging up the camping gear and breaking
out the skis. I hiked into Yosemite from Twin
Lakes via the Horse Creek drainage and spent a day
climbing around on Whorl Mountain and Matterhorn
Peak is situated on the border of the Hoover Wilderness and
Yosemite National Park. Whorl Mountain lies just
inside the park boundary. The easiest access to this
area is from Twin Lakes via the Horse Creek Trail.
Twin Lakes is about 15 miles southwest of the town of
Bridgeport (on US 395). You can park at the private
Mono Village campground for a modest fee.
are required to enter the Hoover Wilderness. These can
be obtained from the US Forest Service ranger station 1/2
mile south of Bridgeport on US 395. The trails out of
Twin Lakes are subject to a quota during high season (late
June through mid-September). Out of quota season,
permits may be self-issued at the ranger station.
on the link below to see the photos and trip report.