DISTANCE
45.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9878 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

lake

views

no dogs

hiking
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hiked from Tuolumne Meadows, from the Glen Aulin trailhead to White Wolf campground over the course of three days at the end of September. Slept at the backpacker's camp in the meadows the night before our hike. With the dry conditions in California, the waterfalls were not the majestic beasts they could be. But with the low water levels it was cool to see the way the rock has been artistically shaped by the erosion caused by the water. Also gave us some great natural pools to take a dip in, which were great mid-day and end of day refreshers. This is a great trail if you're looking to take in the views in a more lightly trodden area of the park. Mind you it was late in the season, but we must've only ran into 10-15 people while we were on the trail.
It's amazing how much the landscape can change from a granite rock trail, to a forest of sequoias or grove of aspens, to a desert dry trail in a matter of miles. The last day's climb up from Pate Valley to White Wolf was definitely hard work for day 3, but was enjoyable nonetheless.
Wouldn't have minded making this a 4 day trek and take our time, but we spent day 4 car-touring around Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.

Camp spots on the trail: Water Wheel Falls (Day 1); Pate Valley (Day 2)