Route: Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne (CA)

Submitted by maurachur on Mon, 07/12/2021 - 02:22pm
California, US
33.48 mi
Vertical Gain
7,191 m

The route is traverses the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne in Yosemite National Park, point-to-point between White Wolf campground and Tuolumne Meadows.

The trail covers ~33 miles of terrain over ~7000' on backcountry trails following the Tuolumne River through the northern Yosemite backcountry. This route is a popular backcountry backpacking route in the park. 

The route starts at the White Wolf campground at the trailhead sign across from White Wolf Lodge and ends on the southside of highway 120 in Tuolumne meadows 0.1 miles from the road at the trail intersection before hitting the JMT. 

This beautiful route covers the best of Yosemite backcountry terrain, from steep switchbacks descending through forests down into the Pate Valley, to gorgeous canyon views alongside the Tuolumne river, to amazing waterfalls (Waterwheel, Le Conte, California, White Cascade, and Tuolumne) as you climb back up to Tuolumne Meadows after passing through the notable High Sierra camp Glen Aulin. Highlights of the trail include meticulous rock steps, old wooden bridges, and plenty of dense pine and oak woodlands. The route ends right in Tuolumne meadows as you follow the Soda Springs trail to Highway 120 and are brought from the quiet of the backcountry into more heavily trafficked areas. 

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