Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews

Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley Trail is a 53.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

53.4 miles 8940 feet Out & Back




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A strenuous 2-4 day backcountry trip full of meadows, mountains, and waterfalls 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. The hike is 28 miles each way and can be completed in 2 days each way with an overnight stop at Merced Lake, or can be stretched to as many as 4 days with extra nights at Vogelsang High Sierra Camp and Little Yosemite Valley (with an optional trip to Half Dome). The first day you will gain about 2000 feet of elevation before losing 5000 more, and hiking almost 15 miles on granite can become quite hard on your feet, so wear good hiking boots. 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.

3 years ago

We finished the route in 3 days/2 nights and this hike was incredible! This guide helped out immensely and has made me a devoted follower of Every Trail. Completed the hike with my 11yr old son and though it was difficult (especially the 13 mile final push on the last day) we made it and probably our greatest bonding experience to date. I look forward to trying more trails from Every Trail.