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Tuolumne Meadow to White Wolf via Pacific Crest Trail

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Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne Meadow to White Wolf via Pacific Crest Trail is a 27.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until August.

Length 27.3 mi Elevation gain 4,950 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

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Forest

River

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Kellen Broemmelsiek
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HikingBugsFloodedWashed out

We hiked the trail in July, the path was flooded at some points. Due to the flooding there was...an enormous amount of mosquitos. We encountered three rattle snakes on the trail. The water was warm enough for bathing. Gorgeous part of the world, I would like to go back.

Shane Outridge
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BackpackingBridge out

The most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on. The midsection of the trail is pretty tough as is the climb out of pate valley. The trail winds along the canyon with beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear blue water most of the way. It was nice we could fill our bottles any time we needed. The bridge to cross in pate valley was out and under maintenance when we hiked about a week ago so we crossed through the river instead. I’d recommend camping in the white wolf campground on your last night. There is an entire section for backpackers. I would highly recommend this trail to anyone who loves waterfalls and some great views.

Alexandra Jordan
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Started in White Wolf on morning of Sept 14 and finished at the Lembert Dome parking lot around 11am on Sept 8. Conditions were hot and buggy in Pate Valley. Bugs only abated after a storm rolled in on day 3 bringing high winds and low temps. We were surprised by how warm it was and wished we had brought more water capacity--2L per person wasn't sufficient in warm weather given that the river is inaccessible on much of the trail. We did not encounter any bears, though we saw lots of scat, nor did we see or hear rattlesnakes. The bridge over the river in Pate Valley was nearly complete such that we were able to cross it, though the water was also low enough to walk across easily. Though less popular, we enjoyed hiking this trail west to east because the views improved significantly on days three and four. The downclimb from White Wolf is pretty brutal, however, especially if you have a history of knee or ankle issues. We saw a few (between 3-5) people on the first two days and then many more people as we got to the Falls and Glen Aulin, due to the dayhikers. Glen Aulin campground was closed, so there was no running water, but the composting toilets in the campground were open and stocked with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. We did this hike in four days, roughly 10 miles on day 1 and 6 miles each on days 2-4, starting each day around 8:15am and ending around 3pm. I think it would be possible and enjoyable to do it in 3 days if you are fit and if the conditions are right (i.e., cool weather and no bugs).

Stephanie Pavlos
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Hiking

This hike was the second half of a 10 day backpacking trip, so fatigue definitely played a role in my experience. It was summer and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolume was hot and dry, the climb out of the valley up to white wolf was brutal- that being said, it was an amazing trip, a great trail and view- would definitely do it again.

Xianzhi Li
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Backpacking

I have done this backpacking trip a couple of years ago. Traffic is rare once you hike deeper into the mountains. Three days + three nights seems reasonable. The starting point is close to the permit office, so you can have walk in permits. The drive on Tioga road is always amazing, but that means you can’t do this trial when Tioga road is closed. Mid summertime. Take the bus at white wolf back to the starting point, or your car.

Bob B.
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Hiked this route during the Fourth of July week, 2016. Temps were ideal. I saw large trout in the river, so fishing was probably great but I didn't try. Stayed in Glen Aulin, the first night, which had bathrooms and buildings for guests, but wished in the morning that I had kept going, just a little bit further, down the river because there was a very nice, flat area for many campsites, just around the corner, which we're close to the river. Going down, into the Canyon before Glen Aulin and coming back up, out of the Canyon, before White Wolf, were the toughest points, by memory, though there was another difficult stretch, midway. Much of the time is spent close to the river but without a view. No bear problems, like I've had in other parts of Yosemite, though I used a bear cylinder, unlike when I used to tie food bags in a tree, years gone by, before there were bear cylinders. Barely any mosquitoes. Nice people. Hitchhiked a ride back to Tuolumne Meadows, after, with great fellow hikers, in the morning, around 9:00 am, since the bus did not come very often and drove home, to Bay Area, the same, long day, starting at 2:00 am. Met others, who started in White Wolf and had hiked the trail, more than once. There is a view of Hetch Hetchy but you may want field glasses to see it well, from the steep ridge. Most scenic views are actually from highway 120, through Tuolumne Meadows. But hiking along the river is particularly peaceful. Orhers did claim they saw bears, during their current trip and in previous years. year on this trail. I did not have GPS but recommend one, as phone won't receive signal and I have been lost before, which is not fun. Always stay on the trail in Yosemite, as they are too busy to keep track of people, like they used to. And pay close attention to the road signs, especially coming out of the park, as I have also missed turns, there. If you're not sure, stop and check the map. Since phones lose reception, a mistake can cost hours in big country. The hitch to Yosemite is that you have to get 5 miles into the park, the first day and you have to camp 5 miles from your exit, so plan to stay somewhere close by, the night before or have a long first and last day.

Piotr Nowodworski
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Andrew Buck
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Andrew Buck
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Andrew Buck
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Jeremy Bates
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Lisa William
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Lisa William
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Mark Herman
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Jeff Trost
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Rodney Campbell
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