Curtis and I did 5 days, 4 nights backpacking the Red Peak Pass loop in Yosemite, entering and exiting for Glacier Point. According to the National Geographic topo maps the loop was 50 miles long (Although unfortunately you have to buy both the Yosemite SW and Yosemite SE National Geographic maps for this trail, available at any of the ranger stations or online). This was the longest distance either of us have backpacked in one trip.
We first learned about the loop when staying overnight in the Little Yosemite Valley Campground on our way to half dome last year. Everyone was sitting around the community fire pit listening to one an off duty ranger tell his tales from this “Clark Range Loop” that he had just completed. It was long, but it was scenic, not busy, and the trail had one wind through and around the Clark range, Red peak, Merced peak, Ottoway Lake and many many smaller lakes and vistas. We have added it to the list of “someday” backpacking trips that night. Again this year we saw it profiled in Backpacker Magazine, this time called the “Red Peak Pass Loop” reminding us we should just go for it. Having no other forth of July plans we did just that.
If you are looking for some info on stream crossing, water availability, bugs, and trail conditions you should definitely check out the the blog post detailing each day: