Tuolumne River Loop: Dana and Lyell Forks

EASY 4 reviews
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Tuolumne River Loop: Dana and Lyell Forks is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Mariposa, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is best used from May until October.

3.6 miles
183 feet

kid friendly



trail running




wild flowers


no dogs

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

great hike. especially in late spring or early summer.

Monday, August 07, 2017