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The views are excellent. We arrived before 5 pm on a Friday and hiked down from White Wolf TH for over 5 miles before resting for the night. The next day we hiked all the way past the Waterwheel Falls before looking for campsites. Along the route, there are some really nice places to stay for the night. On Sunday we hiked to Tuolumne Meadows and got a ride from a nice father and son team to the junction with White Wolf. The only regret is that AllTrails could not record most of the route. Once we descended into the forest, it lost GPS signal. So it only recorded the beginning and ending part of the whole trip!

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We started from White Wolf and finished at Tuolumne Meadows. Initially, we planned it as 3 day backpacking but thought better of it and changed to 4 days. I was glad we did. We had much more time to enjoy all the beautiful views, side tripped to every falls to take lots of pictures and took time to soak my feet in the river. We saw a bear coming down a tree on the first night at the camp site in Pate Valley. I was bit surprised and scared but it did not mind us at all and just walked away as if we were not there. The bridge at Pate Valley was not fixed on 9/1/2018. There were still three beams left and we walked on the middle beam to cross the river. More and better camp sites on north side of the river in Pate Valley. Bugs were bad whole time 6000ft or under - I wish I had a net to cover my face - they swarmed around and crawled on my exposed skin everywhere - repellent did not work. The views were better last half of the trail. Lots of water falls. When we were climbing up to Waterwheel Falls, those bugs were finally gone. We stopped at the top of Waterwheel Falls to eat lunch - the view of the canyon was spectacular. 4th and the last day was pretty easy hike to Tuolumne Meadows store. We saw many day hikers at this point but we were surprised we did not see many backpackers during this 3 day weekend. We arrived at the store around noon and pick up some lunch waited the hiker's shuttle to go back to White Wolf. The weather was very nice and the sky was blue whole time. While we were waiting for the bus the dark cloud developed and it started raining. We were glad we did not encounter the rain on the trail. It was tough terrain but we took time to enjoy them all. It was a great trip.

spectacular scenery from Ten Lakes Pass, then even better once you round the shoulder on Tuolemne Peak. Big ups and downs. We started at Ten Lakes trailhead, took side trail after the pass to Grant Lake for 1st overnight, then took shorter hike to campspot at Ten Lakes, rested for the afternoon. 3rd day we hiked to Polly Dome Lake and 4th day we walked out to Tenaya Lake/ Toiga Road and hitched back to our car.

Something for everyone in this hike. The valleys are amazing and scenic. Watch out for rattle snakes.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

such a memorable spot (mosquitos and all). time and weather permitting, we unfortunately didn't summit the top of mt. hoffmann so in lieu of, ended up rock scrambling which was super fun... like an adult playground!! lol

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The access road to the trail head is not open as of 25 July. Add 4.2 miles round-trip to this hike because you have to start down at Tioga Pass Road.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Awesome views and big terrain with nice lakes

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Very beautiful lake. wanted to continue on to Mt Hoffman Summit but snow obscured the trail early on and wasn't sure conditions. but well worth the hike upto May Lake

Monday, July 11, 2016

Great trail to a beautiful alpine lake. It took us about an hour to complete. Not a difficult climb and not bad on the knees going down. Cool view of Half Dome as well. The 2 mile road that leads to the small parking lot has a lot of potholes. It's also a one lane road.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This trail was a little confusing but once we found our way it was great! Very beautiful streams and waterfalls as you walk. I can't wait to go back!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hiked from Tuolumne Meadows, from the Glen Aulin trailhead to White Wolf campground over the course of three days at the end of September. Slept at the backpacker's camp in the meadows the night before our hike. With the dry conditions in California, the waterfalls were not the majestic beasts they could be. But with the low water levels it was cool to see the way the rock has been artistically shaped by the erosion caused by the water. Also gave us some great natural pools to take a dip in, which were great mid-day and end of day refreshers. This is a great trail if you're looking to take in the views in a more lightly trodden area of the park. Mind you it was late in the season, but we must've only ran into 10-15 people while we were on the trail.
It's amazing how much the landscape can change from a granite rock trail, to a forest of sequoias or grove of aspens, to a desert dry trail in a matter of miles. The last day's climb up from Pate Valley to White Wolf was definitely hard work for day 3, but was enjoyable nonetheless.
Wouldn't have minded making this a 4 day trek and take our time, but we spent day 4 car-touring around Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.

Camp spots on the trail: Water Wheel Falls (Day 1); Pate Valley (Day 2)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Yosemite National Park is often called a hiker’s paradise as it features over 800 miles of hiking trails. Often the biggest challenge is figuring out which trail to explore. If you don’t have the time to take on one of the park’s longer hikes, but still want a moderately challenging day hike that showcases some of Yosemite’s unique beauty, this is an excellent choice.

At 2.4 miles up-and-back, the May Lake trail is just the right length for those on a tighter schedule who only have a couple of hours set aside for a hike. And since it’s located off the Tioga Pass (in the general vicinity of Olmstead Point), it tends to be much less crowded than the trails originating in Yosemite Valley.

The turnoff to the trailhead is well-marked and easy to see (as long as you’re not speeding along the Pass), and from the turnoff you will enter a one-lane road that will take you up to the May Lake trailhead. There are vault toilets located at the trailhead and there are flush toilets at May Lake.

The trail itself is a steady 500-foot climb in the shadow of Mt. Hoffmann through that stunning combination of evergreen trees and granite that is Yosemite’s hallmark. There are several points where you will be walking on either granite or decomposed granite which can make for slippery footing, so proper hiking footwear is strongly recommended. Be sure to stop a couple of times to take it the beautiful vistas from the granite cliffs, including an interesting view of Half Dome. At this point you’ll probably want to stop anyway to gulp some air due to the elevation – the trailhead starts at just over 8,700 feet.

May Lake itself is a fine payoff to the ascent; it’s a pristine mountain lake framed by evergreen trees and Mt. Hoffmann. From this point, the ambitious can continue and climb another 1,500 feet to ascend Mt. Hoffmann. Or, you can be like us and pause to enjoy the beauty and serenity of May Lake before venturing back down the trail to seek out yet another Yosemite adventure.

when did you do this backpacking trip also how did you get from white wolf back to tenaya lake?

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I initially underestimated the difficulty of this trek. There is some serious elevation gain and loss on this trek - and also limited camping spots in the canyon. I highly recommend leaving from White Wolf, as if you're heading from Glen Aulin the climb at the end would be brutal and hot (and the sun hits it hard first thing in the morning). Check the water levels before you head out. I lucked out with this low snow year and hit the water crossings just after their prime, and they were not difficult at all - yet the water in the Tuolumne was still flowing strong enough to make for impressive waterfalls. Trail was extremely overgrown in some areas, and I lost the trail a few times, but I'm sure by later in the season this won't be an issue. Absolutely amazing scenery and wildflowers - but I recommend 4 days to really enjoy it, I rushed through in 2 days and it simply was no where near enough time!

hard hike. lots of switchbacks

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This is a rugged overnight backpack into the North country of Yosemite dropping in from Tuolumne Meadows into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Done at the beginning of Spring is best due to the high volume of water but be ready for some river fording through some very icy temperatures. It begins at an elevation just under 9,000' and drops to a low elevation of 4,500' almost 19 miles later at Pate Valley. Coming up out of Pate Valley heading towards Harden Lake is an elevation gain of almost 4,550' in just under 8 or so miles, be prepared for some thigh quivering demands. During the hike you'll pass a series of waterfalls starting with White Cascade Falls followed by Tuolumne Falls, California Falls, Le Conte Falls and finally the geological wonder, Waterwhell Falls, where the water flows down over a series of grooves in the rocks that can propel the water close to 20' into the air in a counter clock wise wheel, really spectacular.

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