- By kevin
- On Apr 26, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
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Things to do & activities in Yosemite:
In the east section of the park you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, known for being one of the Sierra Nevada's largest high-elevation meadows at 8,600 feet. Here, you'll find plenty of scenery to write home about, including the peaceful grasslands, lush forests, windy, bubbling rivers and creeks and scenic mountainscapes. You can experience the scenery from the comfort of your own car, thanks to the vista points posted along Tioga Road (Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake), or take advantage of the many trails available within the vicinity.
Luckily for hikers, there are a plethora of trails available. The least time-consuming trail is the flat, 1?-mile hike to Soda Springs, which goes right through the meadows. Continue farther along the trail and you'll hit the Glen Aulin trailhead. Glen Aulin is a much longer hike (11 miles) but offers more variety in terms of landscape, including closer dome views, waterfalls and a much more active section of the Tuolumne River, such as whitewater rapids. If that's too long of a trek, consider a more moderate hike to one of the region's many alpine lakes, including the Gaylor Lakes hike, a 2-mile trail that takes visitors to a stunning collection of small, alpine lakes about 500 feet above Tioga Pass. There's also Cathedral Lakes, one of the area's most popular trails (7 miles) and Mono Pass (8 miles), the latter of which goes straight into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For more information about hiking in Tuolumne Meadows, visit Yosemite National Park's website.
Visitors strongly suggest visiting Tuolumne Meadows because it is so different from the landscape of Yosemite Valley. Travelers found the meadows to be beautiful and incredibly peaceful, attributing the quiet atmosphere to fewer crowds. Because Tuolumne Meadows is considered part of Yosemite's backcountry, and 53 miles northeast (about an hour-and-a-half drive) of Yosemite's most popular attractions, not as many travelers make it to this part of the park. Not only that, but Tuolumne Meadows is only accessible seasonally. Toiga Road, the only road that can reach Tuolumne Meadows, is typically open during the summer months thanks to snow that tends to stick around from May, or sometimes early June.
Tuolumne Meadows features a visitor center, a wilderness center, the Tuolumne Meadows Grill and the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge. There are also campgrounds available for booking. There is no entrance fee or set hours for the region, though it's not a good idea to wander along trails after dark. In addition to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows benefits from Yosemite's free shuttle service. The seasonal service, available only during the summer months, offers transport from the meadows to various area points of interest, including Olmsted Point and Tenaya Lake.
The Mist Trail is one of the park's most popular trails. What makes The Mist Trail so unique is not its sites – Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall – but how you get there. To get to the top of the falls, hikers must climb a 600-step granite staircase that snakes right up alongside the hundreds-foot-tall plunge, taking visitors close enough to where mist from the falls sprays out onto the trail. Hence the name, the Mist Trail. The falls reach their peak from late spring to early summer, so if you want the traditional Mist Trail experience, with a light, natural shower while hiking, come during that time.
Because the hike is predominately uphill, many hikers tend to take the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Fall and back down – a nearly 2?-mile hike roundtrip, which is estimated by the NPS to take about three hours. For a greater challenge, you can continue your hike farther upward to Nevada Fall, which takes about five to six hours to complete and features an elevation gain of an additional 1,000 feet (to Vernal Fall, the elevation gain is 1,000 feet from sea level). If you don't want to hike up the often slippery Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada falls, you can always take the John Muir Trail, which features vantage points of the falls as well as fantastic views of the surrounding forest and valley.