Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp

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Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp is a 12.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

12.4 miles
1387 feet
Out & Back





fly fishing


nature trips


horseback riding






wild flowers




no dogs

Great hike along the meandering Tuolumne River.

3 days ago

way better than i expected... moderately flat until the last 2 miles then you switchback down beside some impressive waterfalls... still alot of water as of 8/12/17... this is also the PCT... i saw maybe 150 folks along the way on a Saturday... trailhead parking scared me... i thought there could easily be a thousand with that many cars

8 days ago

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22 days ago

First day I ever backpacked was on this trail. Beautiful hike of the meadows and not too challenging to get to Glen Aulin from TM

1 month ago

absolutely great views and very peaceful. I have hiked this a few times and love it more and more every time I do.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. I did this in July-- beautiful weather and lots of wildflowers out still because of the higher elevation.

8 months ago

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Absolutely stunning!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

So amazing!
We completed this in late September and had great weather, plenty of water, lots of wildlife (no bear). Donohue Pass was challenging with gale force winds and rain at the top.
The day after we finished in October it snowed, so glad Mother Nature waited

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Anything but moderate from Tuolumne, southbound to Donohue Pass. Nasty.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Oh my!

Monday, July 27, 2015

It was beautiful. However, after the waterfall it wasn't so easy. We saw deer and a coyote. Recommend using walking poles to hike. Be careful wali g the boulders, the trail is not marked really well.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hiked from Sonora Pass, heading south along the PCT. Went about 8 miles in on a day hike. Absolutely beautiful on a clear day. Overall the trail is well maintained, I had to hike through a half dozen snowy patches in late June, but the snowfall was light this year. There is a bit of elevation loss and gain, but because you start at 9600 feet at Sonora Pass, it isn't bad. There is also a quick side trail to get to the top of Leavitt Peak, which at close to 11,600 ft is the highest peak in the Sonora Pass area as far as I know. On a clear day the view from the summit is great. If you are looking for an incredible hike in the Sonora Pass area, this shouldn't be missed. I can't wait to hike the full segment someday.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Glen Aulin is a great place to visit. The hike there from Tuolomne is beautiful and relatively easy. You can do some great day hikes out of GA and you can book dining reservations at the High Sierra camp for a reasonable sum.
If you spend the night camping out, be sure to walk through the campground and up the hill to the sites on the bench overlooking a creek - they re much nicer than the damp dark and crowded sites near the sierra camp.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Glen Aulin, in recent years nicknamed "Glen All Men" due to a coincidentally all male staff, is a wonderful hike and is fairly easy. The trail itself runs parallel to the Tuolumne River and goes downhill towards the Grand Canyon of Yosemite, taking you through a meadow and lots of granite. Water is not an issue for this hike for once since you are usually within earshot of the river. When you reach the high sierra camp you get your own waterfall and swimming hole, along with some great lookouts for sunset. The way back up to the trail head is not bad; you are going uphill but it is a lot more gradual compared to a lot hikes in Yosemite Valley. If you stop by the high sierra camp, or any high sierra camp actually, bring the employees some whiskey- they will adore you ;P