We'll be meeting the group at 4 p.m. on Thursday. We fly in Wed evening and have reservations at Wawona hotel (~4,000 feet if I've done the right research). Given that we'll be at least half-way there by car and don't have to meet until 4 p.m., we'd like to do a day hike on Thursday before we meet our group. This should help us acclimate a bit too (coming from sea level)
On our trip, we will be traveling to Sunrise Trailhead by bus and visiting Sunrise Lakes, Lake Henry (which is nearly impossible to find online), Clouds Rest and then have permits for Half Dome.
Since all of that is east of the village area, I wanted to see if there is a good day hike between Wawona and Backpacker's Campground that is a "must do"?
We are a group of 3 women that hiked Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon last year and felt we trained ourselves to exactly meet what was needed (in fact, 2 of the 3 of us said the R2R was too easy). So I think we're looking for a 4-6 hour moderately challenging hike (elevation) to help us acclimate. Suggestions?
And, can we get a pack lunch to carry with us? Any recommendations? I think Wawona has them but if we'll be in the main valley village area, we don't mind going to grab something if there is a great recommendation.