Poopenaut Valley Trail

HARD 2 reviews
#156 of 208 trails in

Poopenaut Valley Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Groveland, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

If I could give zero stars for this hike I would. First of all there is no parking for the trailhead, just about two spots in what looks like a short turnaround across from the trailhead. This is definitely a strenuous and difficult hike which is not rewarded by any beautiful scenery. The trail exposed to sun, it’s hot, dry and extremely dusty with poison oak along trail. Trail is primarily through the burned forest from the Rim fire. When the trail descends into the valley floor the trail becomes lost and there are no trail markers in sign. You’d have to make your own trail to get to the river. Be warned, the way up is rough. Don’t do this hike without tons of water. Wouldn’t recommend this hike unless you hate yourself and want to punish yourself.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

The trail is easy to miss on the drive down to Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Not much parking, but you pull out to the right side of the road. There are bear boxes there to store your food while you hike. The pull-out has only enough room for 3-4 cars to park, but this is not a popular trail. This trail is short, but steep, infact the steepest official trail in Yosemite National Park. You immediately lose big elevation descending. The trail is not well maintained, a good amount of overgrowth and smatterings of poison oak along the trail. The bottom, in the Poopenaut Valley is lovely, but when we went there was still so much water from this years historic rains that much of the valley was marshy, so couldn't really find a place by the river to sit and enjoy. The hike up makes you pay all the way up. It is a constant grind, and there were plenty of mosquito's at the botton third of the trail that were loving our sweat.

I like the trail, but Yosemite has many more and better to offer, but after you have explored other places around the Hetch Hetchy entrance to the park you might want to check this out. This is a down and back trail, not good for launching a backpacking trip, as no access up or down the Tuolumne river. No camping allowed in this valley.