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Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp

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  • The trail begins at Lembert Dome.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • View of Tuolumne Meadows from the trailhead.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Soda Springs is a great stop along the way to Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The trail traverses a steep dome.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The trail follows the Tuolumne River for the majority of the hike.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The Tuolumne River.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The trail is steep and rocky in some areas.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • A beautiful view of the High Sierra from the trail.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • There are two footbridges along the way to Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • A calm section of the Tuolumne River.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The crystal clear waters of the Tuolumne are brimming with rainbow trout.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • View of the Tuolumne River from the trail.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The High Sierra as seen from the trail.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • There are numerous waterfalls along the way to Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • There are numerous waterfalls on the way to Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The Tuolumne River.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Tuolumne Falls, the largest of the waterfalls between Tuolumne Meadows and Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Hikers taking in the view at Tuolumne Falls.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Another view of Tuolumne Falls.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The rugged landscape of the High Sierra.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • White Cascade at Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Sunset over the Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • A curious butterfly.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The sun setting over White Cascade.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • The sun setting over the Tuolumne River at Glen Aulin.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Many sections of the trail are steep.- Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
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Pros: 
Breathtaking views. Waterfalls. Wildlife.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Number of days: 
2
Highest point: 
8,675.00 ft (2,644.14 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
May 01 to November 01
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit lottery URL: 
https://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/yosemite-wilderness-permit-request-form
Permit required: 
Yes
Permit self-issue on site: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
12.10 mi (19.47 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,250.00 ft (381.00 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,850.00 ft (2,392.68 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The 12-mile round-trip hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp follows the Tuolumne River through the rugged landscape of the Yosemite Wilderness in Yosemite National Park. The trail features Tuolumne Falls and White Cascade, both of which are around 50 feet tall, as well as numerous smaller waterfalls. Due to the popularity of this hike, it is recommended that visitors apply for a permit several months in advance. 

Parking is available at Lembert Dome near the horse stables. The first 4 miles of the trip navigate relatively easy terrain through Tuolumne Meadows alongside the Tuolumne River. Half a mile from Lembert Dome, the trail passes by Soda Springs, a bubbling natural spring enclosed by a log cabin. From here the trail meanders through lightly forested meadows interspersed with granite domes and begins to descend to Glen Aulin. Along the way, the Tuolumne River gradually transforms from a calm, lazy river into fierce white rapids punctuated with waterfalls. After crossing the two footbridges over the Tuolumne River, the trail becomes very steep and follows a series of staircases to White Cascade. Hikers are rewarded with views of the waterfall as well as the cool, refreshing water of the swimming hole. A short walk through the forest leads to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, which provides accommodations in tent-cabins and backcountry campsites for those who have reservations.

From Glen Aulin hikers may choose to return to Tuolomne Meadows via the same trail, or continue following the northeast trail into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolomne. This a picturesque hike featuring many more waterfalls including California Falls and Waterwheel Falls. Hikers may also take the southwestern trail from Glen Aulin to May Lake and Mount Hoffmann, or take the Pacific Crest Trail, which heads north.

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