Lake Vernon and Tiltill Valley Trail is a 24 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Long Barn, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from April until October.
headed out from the dam to do a loop around Hetch Hetchy area..lots of elevation going up to Lake Vernon and Laurel Lakes, but well worth it. Many campsites around Vernon, some have cliffs to jump off, others have soft mud but clear water. Views are great, so many peaks to look at..the descent to Tilltill and Rancheria was fun, lots of running down hill, only saw 5 people in 3 days..once we arrived at camp near the Falls, we explored the pools and waterfall and cliffs, great place.
In the spring this is my favorite place.
-Till Till Valley:
-Water logged in spring so bring your water shoes.
- Bears either live here or frequent this area in early spring so be mindful of them.
- Two camp sites that I've seen offer a place to rest before you continue on to Lake Vernon.
- Beautiful granite encased lake.
- Camp sites on both sides of the lake
- Bears are here in the spring. (watch out for Jack, he likes too steal your food)
-Good fishing for you anglers. (caught a beautiful 3-4 lbs rainbow trout.)
- Water is Crystal clear and very cold.
If you made it to Rancheria falls and didn't want to die you are in good shape. Why not continue to Till till valley? It's only a short hump over a mountain!
If you love the Sierra Nevada mountains like I do then it's worth every step.
The novice hiker or backpacker may want to overnight at the Rancheria falls camp ground and either day hike up or just move camp to till till. (only a couple camp sites at till till)
In the spring the valley is ringed with or sometimes completely flooded with about shin deep water so bring your water shoes
Aggressive hike, very beautiful views