What can I say? Lyle canyon to Vogelsang high Sierra camp to Merced lake to half dome back to the valley, 50 miles, epic journey. We spent our time on the Tuolumne Meadows side of the park, where crowds were thinner than Yosemite Valley, permits are easier to score, and campsites are readily available. Oral histories. We had the most stunning sunsets and swam in the lakes or rivers whenever we could to keep cool and enjoy every moment. There were quite a few people coming up to hike half dome. It’s mostly going down hill so the trail is hot hard. This area of the park sits at a higher elevation than the Yosemite Valley and covered in snow from October to May. From Yosemite's east entrance at Tioga Pass, take the Tioga Road west 8 miles (13 km) to the meadows. Length 21.6 miElevation gain 6830 ftRoute type Point to point Next try Tuolumne to Devils Postpiles and ya. It is a steep, stair-filled 2.5 miles along the Mist Trail to the trailhead, or a more gradual 4 miles along the John Muir Trail. We were the only ones at the lake and only saw two people on the trail on near Vogelsang. You see Vernal and Nevada falls, Mist Trail, Halfdome and Clouds Rest, Sunrise and Cathedral Lakes etc. Highly recommend doing this same trip! We finished the route in 3 days/2 nights and this hike was incredible! It was just up from a little beach along the lake. Overshadowed by the popularity of nearby Yosemite Valley, most visitors to the park never take the time to explore this beautiful and spacious high-alpine clearing. We were exhausted by the time we made it to Emeric, but it was worth the effort. You will pass a couple of lakes during the next few miles and soon the flat meadow will end and you will enter a brief forest. We set out very early in the morning from Berkeley, and arrive in Yosemite … Once all permits are secured, it’s a good idea to reserve bus tickets from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows. Service Connecting Mammoth Lakes - June Lake Junction - Lee Vining - Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite Valley. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can begin at either end of the trail, just be aware that the route is mostly uphill on the way to Tuolumne Meadows. In the summer, it’s also possible to take YARTS. Side A: Tuolumne Meadows to 6.6 Miles past May Lake Junction. In summer, you can take a shuttle bus to Tuolumne Meadows from the Valley or use the YARTS Highway 120 bus. As is expected in a place called Tuolumne Meadows, you start with a very level hike away from Tioga pass and towards Lyell Canyon. We hiked around the far side lake to get to our campsite. Find the travel option that best suits you. By far the most incredible hiking trip I have ever been on. Tuolumne Meadows is Yosemite’s best-kept secret. Of note: water was not available between CL until the top side of LYV... its a long haul when you run out! Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley Trail is a 27.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Soon you will arrive at the top of Vernal Fall where you can take a water break and creep to the edge (don't worry, there are rails) to look straight down at the river below. Find the travel option that best suits you. If you want a little more variety to choose from, visit Curry Village for lunch or an afternoon snack. Note: You will need a wilderness permit. In addition to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows benefits from Yosemite's free shuttle service. Did one night near Volgosang and the other down at Merced lake. If you haven't seen Vernal Fall before, you should take the Mist Trail (and shaving off 1.5 miles is pretty nice too). Took the Yarts shuttle back. Before getting back on the YARTS shuttle head over to the refreshment stand and reward yourself for your hard work. If you are trying to make good time, simply give the campground a friendly wave as you pass by on your way to Nevada Fall. They are stopping all hikers from going down the mist trail after 9am and we made it by about 8 am so that we could hike down. The cheapest way to get from Yosemite Valley Visitors Center to Tuolumne Meadows costs only $6, and the quickest way takes just 1½ hours. Granted the speed limit is 45 mph on some of Tioga Road, but I think your memory of your lovely drive last summer is a bit hazy. eng. We entered the East gate of Yosemite and stopped by Tuolumne Meadows on Tioga Road. The shuttles run every half hour. Creator . We did see one bear cub as we were hiking in. If you're driving from the Yosemite Valley, take CA Hwy 120 west to Tuolumne Meadows. Do you have any reasons on why to do it the way you did? Language . Great for outdoorsmen who want a scenic trip, not the greatest in terms of a physical challenge however. It was nice going downhill for most of the last three days. Despite the trail being long, it's relatively easy compared to most other trails throughout the valley. Service will resume Summer 2021. Before finishing the day off with a final descent you will have a breath-taking view of Merced Lake and Little Yosemite Valley beyond. After we set up camp we took of the packs and hiked past the lake to the first pool. We also took an hour to stop at the Bunnell Cascade waterslide down the rocks. Getting There: From Yosemite Valley, take highway 120 ten miles (16.8 km) to the Crane Flat turnoff onto Tioga Road, then take Tioga Road 38 miles (61 km) east to reach the meadows. Due to COVID-19, this Yosemite National Park campground is currently closed until further notice. Camp in the Yosemite Valley Backpacker’s Camp. Emerald Pool sits at the top of Vernal Fall, and at the end of the Silver Apron, a granite "slide" leading coming from Nevada Falls. Permits open six months in advance and fill up quickly, so sign up early. trekker ~ Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows is 55 miles. After some patience and maybe some trail mix you will arrive at a flat opening; you are back in another meadow. We took a quick swim there and hiked to the end of the lake. A little ways further and you will arrive at Little Yosemite Valley Campground, a great place to set up up camp if you plan to extend your trip and hike up Half Dome the next morning before finishing in Yosemite Valley. There is a restroom and water fountains here. This trip in Yosemite National Park is a strenuous 37 mile one-way backpacking route from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley, crossing Half Dome on the way. There is only one shuttle per day and it fills up! The shuttle provides service between Tuolumne Meadows and Olmsted Point every half hour between 7 am and 7 pm, as follows: Did a three nights backpacking trip in 2019. I stayed a little past Merced Lake on the second night on a cliff overlooking the Merced River. On our second night we camped by Sunrise Creek in the burned over area from last year's fire, but about a mile further below the crossing we could have camped in the forest again. Today’s Mileage/Elevation: 0 mi / +0′, -0′ Day 2: Grab breakfast in Curry Village, then take the morning shuttle to Tuolumne Meadows. Bear right after the second bridge and continue your hike. You will pass several rivers, lakes, mountains and 2 of the park's best waterfalls on this backcountry trek, and it is a great way to escape the crowds to see all the Yosemite National Park has to offer. The scenery was unreal from the beginning to end. This camp is a great place to stay the night, but you have to have reservations which can be challenging to come by if you don’t plan well in advance. Day 1. We did this in reverse from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley which, I recommend since it's mostly downhill. Little Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows From Little Yosemite Valley the trail climbs sharply along Sunrise Creek for the first 3 miles, passing the turnoffs to Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Day 4 - Hiked from Merced Lake to Little Yosemite Valley (8 miles). Beautiful sights, little to no traffic (until you get within day hikers of the valley, and even small fishing in the creeks between Emeric and Merced. There is no direct connection from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley. Mammoth Lakes Tuolumne Meadows Yosemite Valley. Be sure to factor in the wait time, since there was a long line down at happy isle waiting for the shuttle to the village, where the Yarts buses stop. Day 3 - Hiked from Emeric Lake to Merced Lake (8 miles). The hike from Bunnell Cascade to LYV was very hot without any shade as you are hiking through the forest that was completely burned. Whichever route you decide, make sure to walk a few minutes to the top of Nevada Fall to see the water flow over the edge. It seems that it stretches for miles and it probably does. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. My friend Julie is with me on this quick overnight adventure to Yosemite Valley and the Tuolumne Meadow area of Eastern Yosemite. This trip provides a lot of return on investment. This trip in Yosemite National Park is a strenuous 37 mile one-way backpacking route from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley, crossing Half Dome on the way. The rest of the way to Cathedral Pass the trail ascends in spurts, drops into the valley at Sunrise High Sierra Camp and climbs again to Cathedral Pass. The Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is located 60 miles from Yosemite Valley at over 8,700 feet above sea level. For most people, it takes about three days and two nights to complete at a moderate speed. A strenuous 2-4 day backcountry trip full of meadows, mountains, and waterfalls Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, Waterwheel Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne Trail, Tuolumne River Loop: Dana and Lyell Forks, PCT: CA Section I - Tuolumne Meadow to Sonora Pass, John Muir Trail: Tuolume Meadows to Donohue Pass, Lembert Dome from Tuolomne Meadows Lodge Road, Tuolome, Sunrise and Merced Lakes, and Vogelslang Loop, Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley Trail. We did Tuolumne Meadows campground to Yosemite Valley over 3 days, Via JMT to Rafferty creek ( Tuolumne Pass) to Emeric Lake (day 1); to Merced Lake Via Fletcher Creek and Lewis Creek (Day 2), then to Yosemite Valley through Little Yosemite Valley following Merced River and Mist Trail. The next portion is steeper than one would expect when hiking in a meadow, and it seems like it will never end. Media Type . Side B: 6.6 Miles past May Lake Junction to Yosemite Valley. We then hiked to the backpackers camp (about ½ mile) for the first night. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Look out for trail signs after another 0.7 miles, as you will need to take a fork to your right to continue up hill towards Yosemite Valley, and away from Lyell Canyon. You can see where it is on this Yosemite map. From Tuolumne Meadows you’ll climb nearly 1,500’ to Tuolumne Pass at 10,000 feet for stunning alpine vistas of the rugged Sierra Nevada backcountry. Download Printable Guide [PDF] Quicklinks: Schedules Interactive Map Connections Fares. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. If you are planning on making this trip outside of those months you will need to park your … We were relatively inexperienced, and were carrying roughly 18 kg (40 lbs) each, including food and water. We were the only ones at the lake that night camping. In 2019, planned dates are July 19 to September 30, 2019. The rest of the way to Cathedral Pass the trail ascends in spurts, drops into the valley at Sunrise High Sierra Camp and climbs again to Cathedral Pass. Beauty is beyond words... definitely something to just go and see. This guide helped out immensely and has made me a devoted follower of Every Trail. This trail is EPIC to say the least. If you are taking the trek more luxuriously, head over back past the fire pit to the mess tent, where you can order dinner from the "restaurant" inside the food tent. Leading through a valley in the Tuolumne Meadows, this beautiful hike ends at the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, which is along the Pacific Crest Trail. While it may look fun to slide down, restrain yourself, and the current underwater is much stronger than it looks, and swimmers have been swept off the edge of the Fall. Little Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows From Little Yosemite Valley the trail climbs sharply along Sunrise Creek for the first 3 miles, passing the turnoffs to Half Dome and Clouds Rest. It was about 10 ft deep and incredibly refreshing to swim and lay out on the warm rocks. Many hikers chose to hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley starting at Tenaya lake, but this hike offers a slight different perspective, and allows you to stop at the Merced Lake High Sierra Camp as well. One of the highlights of my life. Day 5 - Hiked from LYV to Yosemite Valley (5 miles). Ticket Retrieval Tickets will need to be retrieved at the Yosemite Valley Lodge Tour and Activity Desk. Once you reach the valley, you will need to take a shuttle back to Tuolumne Meadows. Day 2 - Hiked from Tuolumne Meadows to Emeric Lake (11 miles). Did this with two other friends of 30+ years. I added one spot as a waypoint where you can swim up to a small waterfall. The last mile or so is almost exclusively granite, which is anything but forgiving on the knees and feet after a long day. There is no camping for the rest of the trail along the lake as we made the mistake of going all the way to the end of the lake and had to turn back. The rock stairs can be a bit slippery when wet, so be careful. At night, head back to the campfire, as there are often ranger-led programs on various relevant topics such as bats, constellations, geology, or just a ranger's story of why he loves Yosemite. If you arrived in 1 1/4 hours with a half hour stop at Olmsted Point, then you averaged 73 mph. 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