Hike Date: July 3, 2015
Distance: ~ 16 miles
Trail(s): Pacific Crest Trail
Where’s it at? Tuolumne Meadows off Tioga Pass near Lembert Dome


The high and back country areas of Tuolumne Meadows are a great place to backpack and take in some of the site of higher elevations and lower tourist population. This was a trip with a hiking and backpacking group that I’m in, taken during the 4th of July holiday weekend in Yosemite National Park.

Almost all of us met on Thursday night at the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker’s campground (which is included with purchase of the following or preceeding day’s wilderness permits), and we woke up fairly early to get to the wilderness permits from the wilderness center and the trailhead by 9am. Turns out the rush to be on time led to 30 minutes of waiting for a few of the other backpacker’s that met at the wrong spot. Anywyay, we were on our way along the Pacific Crest Trail to Glen Aulin by 9:30am. All in all this section is pretty easy at 5.5 miles and mostly flat or downhill. Some great views to the south and some excellent waterfalls await hikers in this section. The hike ends as you cross two bridges and arrive at perhaps the best of the falls on the way in…Glen Aulin. After setting up camp in a remarkable spot…close to the water spigot and fire ring…many of us took a swim at the falls. I had brought an inflatable floatie device for the first time ever and enjoyed going under the falls in it. The water pressure was incredible!

Day 2 we hiked from Glen Aulin to may Lake which is something like an 8.1 mile hike that is quite a bit uphill. I did this one when I was younger and it was a challenge at that time but I found it quite easy this go around. There was a group of 3 of us faster hikers that did the hike between the two destinations in about 3.75 hours averaging > 2mph which isn’t bad considering the switchbacks, etc. We set up our tents and waited a while for the balance of the party to show up. Two of our group got a little bit lost and took a roundabout 12 miles to get to May Lake, while the final group of hikers showed up almost at sunset having swam at a lake along the way and just having taken their time. We all enjoyed the sunset on May Lake with Mt. Hoffman in the background.

On Sunday we took the free Tuolumne shuttle bus from the May Lake stop back to Lembert Dome where the cars where. There was a ton of traffic on the way home but we made it. This is a great backpacking trip to take up in the high country of Yosemite if you get a chance!

Photos from Backpacking Tuolumne Meadows (click to enlarge)

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