Poopenaut Valley Trail

HARD 1 reviews
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Poopenaut Valley Trail is a 2.2 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1276 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

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.