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Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country

09.08.15

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Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country

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  • Tuolumne Meadows as seen from top of Lembert Dome. Cathedral Peak (10,912'), left, towers above.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • The northeast shoulder of Lembert Dome and the peaks of the Cathedral Range.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Post hike rest at Upper Cathedral Lake.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Upper Cathedral Lake and Cathedral Peak at sunset.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Climbing the Southeast Buttress of Cathedral Peak.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • A climber tops out on Cathedral Peak.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Featured granite on Eichorn Pinnacle and Cathedral Peak.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Upper Tenaya Canyon.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Descending Tenaya Canyon.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • The scenery surrounding Tenaya Lake is second to none.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Cooling off in Tenaya Lake.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • The beach at Tenaya Lake's east end.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Climber traversing Matthes Crest.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Soda Springs in Tuolumne Meadows.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Tuolumne Meadows backed by Fairview Dome.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
  • Dawn at Tuolumne Meadows.- Destination Yosemite: Adventure abounds in Tuolumne High Country
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The summer season may be winding down, but we're still yearning for more sun-kissed mountain time. We figured we're not alone. Fortunately one of the best times to visit Yosemite National Park, specifically the higher elevations of the Tuolumne Meadows area, is post-Labor Day, when daytime weather remains warm and pleasant yet the summertime crowds have thinned.

While the lower elevations of Yosemite Valley remain open year round, Tioga Pass Road/Highway 120 (the highest mountain pass road on the west coast) provides access to the park's high country and stays open only until the first big snow of the season, which typically occurs by early November. Until that time, Tioga Pass Road affords access to some of the most accessible and stunning scenery in the Sierra, providing countless opportunities for mountain adventuring of all shapes and sizes.

Whether you enjoy scenic lakeside lounging, meditative meadow walks, climbing heavily-featured granite or descending glacier carved canyons, late summer and early fall in Tuolumne provides the perfect mountain playground. And did we mention that booking a campsite at the Tuolumne Meadows Campground becomes exponentially easier post Labor Day? Just make sure to get on it soon, as there's no telling when the next early season storm will drop a blanket of the white stuff, limiting access until next year.

While we're confident you'll have no problem finding things to do in the Tuolumne high country area, here are a few ideas to get you pointed on the right track:

Please be responsible and practice Leave no Trace principles when out and about so everyone can enjoy these beautiful natural places the way they're intended to be.

 

 

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