Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
You can park right where the starting point for this route is. You start with the ascent.
The higher you go, the more beautiful the views are: you pass Martin Point, you will look out from above Kirkwood Lake, and then you will walk past Glove Rock.
You will finish the ascent at Thunder Mountain, where you will have magical 360-degree views of Yosemite.
Once you reach the north face of Thunder Mountain, you can either go back using the same path, or you can continue with an adjacent trail.