Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Trail is a 21.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 21.6 miles Elevation Gain: 6,830 feet Route Type: Point to Point



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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. This epic trail includes two of Yosemite National Park's most beautiful areas. You can begin at either end of the trail, just be aware that the route is mostly uphill on the way to Tuolumne Meadows. The scenery is breathtaking and the trail will take you by Vernal and Nevada Falls, Half Dome, Cathedral Peak, and much more.

Sat Jun 02 2018


Wed Apr 11 2018

We did Tuolumne Meadows campground to Yosemite Valley over 3 days, Via JMT to Rafferty creek ( Tuolumne Pass) to Emeric Lake (day 1); to Merced Lake Via Fletcher Creek and Lewis Creek (Day 2), then to Yosemite Valley through Little Yosemite Valley following Merced River and Mist Trail. Beautiful sights, little to no traffic (until you get within day hikers of the valley, and even small fishing in the creeks between Emeric and Merced. Needless to say, I look forward to doing it again and again through all four seasons.

Sun Jul 17 2016


Sat May 28 2016

Great, but rushed. Walked the opposite way, Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley.

Thu Jun 11 2015

We did this in reverse from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley which, I recommend since it's mostly downhill. What can I say? The scenery is breathtaking particularly on the Cathedral to Sunrise and the descent after Nevada Falls. On our second night we camped by Sunrise Creek in the burned over area from last year's fire, but about a mile further below the crossing we could have camped in the forest again.

Fri Jan 03 2014

Completed this in October. Beauty is beyond words... definitely something to just go and see. People? well you don't see any after the Cathedral Lakes turnoff until you get below Little Yosemite Valley. Of note: water was not available between CL until the top side of LYV... its a long haul when you run out!

Thu Jul 11 2013

This trail is EPIC to say the least. Starting in the Valley is probably harder than starting in Tuolumne, but either way, just do it. You see Vernal and Nevada falls, Mist Trail, Halfdome and Clouds Rest, Sunrise and Cathedral Lakes etc. It's a visual dream come true for someone trying to escape the city life and walk in John Muir's footsteps. Next try Tuolumne to Devils Postpiles and ya. Mind Blowing.

Wed Jul 25 2012

It's almost impossible to go hiking anywhere in Yosemite without being utterly amazed, and this trail is no different. Despite the trail being long, it's relatively easy compared to most other trails throughout the valley. Great for outdoorsmen who want a scenic trip, not the greatest in terms of a physical challenge however. We completed the trail in 3 days, but we're moving at a VERY leisurely pace. Great place for beginning backpackers..

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