Explore the most popular birding trails near Tuolumne Meadows with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great fun and all ages can enjoy the hike!

the scenery is great but the trail is basically soft sand the entire way and littered with horse shit. the campground area is a nice place to have lunch and spend some time but gets very busy so get there early or late if you plan on staying the night.

backpacking
2 months ago

I completed the five Camp Circuit last week at the end of the season. It was very enjoyable as the weather was fine, no mesquites, and great people.

Great Long trail! There’s a clear path for the most part. There are laid out rocks when not clear. We were in pursuit of the Tuolumne Waterfall but it’s a simple stream running down creating many mini waterfalls.

hiking
3 months ago

Really pretty trail but a little hard for our older Shepard. The large rocks were daunting for him. Might hit up the trail with just our husky next time, he loved jumping in the water and swimming even though it was super muddy.

Only spent one day backpacking out here but wish we could’ve spent more. Absolutely beautiful trail with delightful surprises with new views as you make your way to camp. Definitely want to do this again with more days because from Glen Aulin, there’s other falls 3-5 miles out that I heard are gorgeous!

I spent 6 days hiking the Yosemite High Sierras and stayed one night in each of the 6 tent camps and the best photo I have of the quintessential Yosemite view was taken from the bridge going over the Tuolomne River just before coming into the Glen Aulin High Sierra camp.

Absolutely stunning. Perfect first backpacking trip with plenty of water along the way.

Got eaten by mosquitoes. Bring bug spray. Footbridge to the campsite is down, had to go upstream to wade through the Creek or walk across a fallen tree (not Tuolumne River but Conness Creek). The creek crossing wasn’t bad, but care must be taken.

Beautiful Northern California hiking. Relatively easy until you hit the switchbacks

backpacking
Friday, October 13, 2017

Gorgeous hike, though after schlepping our heavy backpacks for 6 miles had a hard time crossing the little river hopping from rock to rock. It was slippery and my daughter got her foot wet right before sunset and her shoes was frozen the next morning. The waterfall there is beautiful, it's a stunning place. Be forewarned that only 3 official fire rings are open for use among over 25 camp sites, so if you grab a fire pit, please invite others to join you as it's getting colder at night.

hiking
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Nice little hike, went on a Wednesday and practically had the lake to myself. Went to Lembert Dome on the return trip which had nice views with minimal effort.

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

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Yosemite classic of fantastic trails and campsites. Makes you think twice about planning your summer trip to Yosemite Valley because after this hike you are only gonna want to do this hike. Each camp is roughly 8 miles apart, making it not difficult to get to each campsite. Just the right amount of work out and then celebrating being at your next campsite. Fantastic views each day and every day is special on this trail. Can't say enough good things about it

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It was an easy trail, beautiful scenery, still snow in late July, will be back.

Spent 4 days going 40 miles from Toulumne meadows to Yosemite Valley with stops at clouds rest and half dome. Trail had a lot of snow for the first half. Trail was hard to follow at some points. We managed without spikes, but it would have been nice. Beautiful hike. Stream crossings were all pretty easy. It was definitely hard. Lots of elevation gain and loss. So worth it.

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

backpacking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We get there in the middle of summer on July 6, 2017 right after Tioga Rd 120 was opened. Unexpectedly for people from the Bay area Toulomne pass was covered by snow... and we did not have an ice drill for fishing in the lakes...

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

hiking
Thursday, December 15, 2016

There is so much amazing hiking around here you might overlook this one but don't. Easy for the kids and the view across the lake to the mountains is fantastic! We started at the parking area across from Lembert Dome and did a loop up to the top of the dome then down to dog lake and then across the front of Lembert to the parking lot. Crossed the road and up the meadow back to the parking area at the John Muir. Great moderate hike!

Absolutely stunning!

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

A great way to experience Yosemite NP without the crowds!

From Tuolumne Meadows, this hike is mostly downhill and passes Glen Aulin, following the Tuolumne River past Waterwheel Falls. You'll also get an amazing view of Hetch Hetchy reservoir from the high ground above the river inlet where peregrine falcon nest on the cliffs below.

As a three day hike, you'll have plenty of time to experience the various waterfalls and swim in some natural pools. Though most of the trail is downhill, the exit to White Wolf has a small uphill climb. You can also stretch this hike over to Yosemite Falls and back into the valley!

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

Oh my!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Easy enough trail with a spectacular ending at the gorgeous Dog Lake. Great if you have limited time in the area. I would like to have spent more time at the lake. Serene hardly begins to capture the feeling there toward sunset.

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.

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.

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

This is a good trail in Yosemite National Park. The first and last parts are fairly flat, but the middle 0.8 miles has over 600-feet elevation gain with several minor switch-backs; it's no stroll in the park, but it's not awful either. You can add an extra 2.2 miles by catching the Lembert Dome trail about 0.3 miles from Dog Lake. My GPS said just over 5 miles after doing both trails together. The trail gets pretty heavy usage since the trailhead is right along the main road.

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