Chris and I parked at the Cathedral Lakes trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows and left shortly after 7:30am, with our hydration vests full and ready for the 50k stretch ahead. The route is loaded with streams, falls, and lakes, so we both had water filters to stay hydrated on a hot day. The views throughout the course are absolutely stunning and iconic, and some of the most notable were the view from the summit of Clouds Rest, running in the line of sight of Half Dome while on the Panorama Trail, overlooking Sentinel Dome from Glacier Point, and the views of Yosemite Falls and El Capitan as you descend the Four-Mile Trail into Yosemite Valley. This route includes several miles on the John Muir Trail, but deviates from the direct route to the valley in order to encapsulate some of the best of what Yosemite has to offer. This was perhaps the most beautiful trail run I've ever experienced! After finishing at the Merced River in the valley, we hopped into the river to cool off, before heading over to the village to grab a bite to eat and catch the bus back to Tuolumne Meadows. The bus ride back to the start was about an hour and a half, but you have to reserve the tickets ahead of time!
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