Tuolumne River Loop: Dana and Lyell Forks [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Tuolumne River Loop: Dana and Lyell Forks is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 183 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. An easy 4 miles long loop hike traverses both forks, Dana & Lyell, of Tuolumne River and provides great scenic views. Dana and Lyell Forks of Tuolumne River merge into the river somewhere near the Tuolumne Meadows campground. This easy and flat hike take you to encircle the area and enjoy surrounding scenic views of Lyell Canyon and Lembert Dome. To start the hike, park you car in the Dog Lake parking lot on Tuolumne Medaows Lodge Road and locate the JMT trail head just across the road. Following the trail signs, you first cross Dana Fork and then Lyell Fork, hike along the river westward to the Tuolumne Meadows campground, cross the river again on Tioga Road and hike along the river eastward back to the parking lot.

6 months ago

It's a beautiful, fairly well marked trail. We some how got of track a few times but it was easy to get back on course. The views of the valley, the river and mountains were amazing, even in mid Oct. stumningly still lush and green. Our 5 and 12 year old had no problems with this hike.

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7 months ago

Beautiful scenery, trails well maintained for 90% plus.

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8 months ago

So beautiful for an easy, scenic Yosemite hike. Couple hours, including lots of photos. Streams, trees, meadows, waterfalls, mountains, bridges - this has it all. Just over 1 hr from Yosemite Valley, scenic drive.

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9 months ago

Very scenic! Most gorgeous clear green water I have ever seen! My boyfriend fished while I hiked around on the trail and the rocks. I got overheated towards the end but luckily I could just jump in the very (very) cold river!!!! Awesome!

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9 months ago

easy and scenic

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10 months ago

This is a beautiful, simple, peaceful hike.

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10 months ago

Perfect little loop through breath-taking scenery. Easy enough for my 3.5 year old daughter to hike it. Definitely take a dip in the river!

Wed Jul 11 2018

Really enjoyed how scenic this trail was. Great for kids! The two twin bridges were lovely and after a warm day it was nice to hang out in the river before finishing up the trail. We even saw donkeys passing though on the bridge. The meadow is breathtaking.

Sun Jun 17 2018

This place was so fun. Easy going down but steep coming up. Keep left first at the fork right at the second fork for the loop

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Fri Jul 14 2017

Tuolumne Meadow was beautiful. Do this hike if you are going to Yosemite.

Tue Jun 23 2009

great hike. especially in late spring or early summer.

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