Yosemite: Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking Tour
At 8,600 ft in elevation, Tuolumne Meadows averages 15 to 20 degrees cooler than Yosemite Valley and offers numerous hiking and backing routes all in short distance from each other. Tuolumne provide the starting point for many backpacking opportunities from one-way high to low country trips to loop trips through High Sierra mountain passes for some of the best views in Yosemite National Park. A Just Rouughin' It four day Tuolumne Meadows backpacking tour will have you hiking to Merced Lake via Rafferty Creek Trail to the lakes around the 10,000-foot Vogelsang Camp, providing fantastic views of the surrounding peaks. This loop will then take you to Merced Lake and then to the wildflower-strewn Sunrise Camp along the famous John Muir Trail.
If you are looking for something a bit less challenging, try the Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley one way hike that follows the John Muir Trail . On this trip not only will you enjoy the vistas from Cathedral Pass but you will also hike to the top of the iconic Half Dome so you can explore some of the most popular places in the park in one backpacking trip.
When exploring from Tuolumne Meadows by hiking and backpacking, you will journey through meadows that grant you views of several towering peaks such as Fletcher and Vogeslang. Take a swim in any of the surrounding lakes and creeks, then relax by the campfire after a rewarding day spent hiking in Yosemite.
The winters in Tuolumne Meadows are cold and with a large accumulation of snow so the season for a Tuolumne hike is short; about mid July to about Labor Day.
Number of days: 4-5
Mileage: 33 miles / 53 km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 3,450 ft / 1,052 m
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