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Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure rise above end of Lyell Canyon.
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Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure on far Right rise above end of Lyell Canyon.
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JMT-PCT
Tuolumne Meadows

to
Reds Meadow
Trail Guide
NORTH


TYT-PCT
Glen
Aulin

to
Tuolumne Meadows
Trail Guide
SOUTH
WEST


JMT
Tuolumne
Meadows
to
Yosemite
Valley
Trail Guide
SOUTH
EAST


JMT-PCT
Donohue
Pass
to
Island
Pass
7.5
Topo Map

Tuolumne
Meadows
MAP

30 min
Trails Map


Tuolumne
Meadows
to
Yosemite
Valley

Tuolumne Meadows
to
Reds
Meadow


MILES
and
ELES
TOPO MAP INDEX

Yosemite

Resupply

North

Tuolumne
Meadows

South
Reds
Meadow

Forest
&
Parks
Permits


Toiyabe
&
Stanislaus
&
Yosemite

Sierra
Weather

North
Yosemite
Weather

Tuolumne Meadows
to
Donhue Pass

South
on the
John Muir Trail

Trail
Section

John Muir Trail

Tuolumne Meadows
to
Reds Meadow Pack Station

Trail
Segment

Tuolumne Meadows
to
Donohue Pass

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We're finding our way South down the road composing the furthest Eastern end of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground. At the end of the campground road we find signs indicating the way continuing South to the John Muir Trail.

We find the signs pointing North and South down the JMT, including the two trails leading South over the Cathedral Range into Central Yosemite. Our goal is to follow the John Muir Trail out of the South end of Yosemite over Donohue Pass into the Ansel Adams Wilderness on our way to our next resupply spot at Reds Meadow and Mammoth Lakes.

 



Tuolumne Meadows
to
Bridge Junction


xx.63 miles

Tuolumne Meadows
to
Tuolumne Pass
Junction



xx.58 miles

KEY
POSITION
South

TYT
Trail Junction
Jack Main
Canyon


Tuolumne Meadows
to
Vogelsang Junction

xx.48 miles


Tuolumne Meadows
to
Donohue Pass

x.84 miles
Access,
History,
and
Perspective

History
of
Yosemite
Tuolumne Meadows
to
Reds Meadow
xx.08 miles

 


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Tuolumne Meadows Hiking Map
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and
Hiker Information

Though this trailads.

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Central Yosemite Backcountry

Weather and Road Information

 

Below find the closest Ground Stations, Point and Regional Forecasts near Tuolumne Meadows.

Satellite and Radar Imagery provides Long Range and Regional overviews.

Check out the Ground Reporting Stations for real-time current snow and temp data.

Yosemite Weather Forecast

NWS
Yosemite to Kings Canyon Forecast

NWS
Tuolumne Meadows

 

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Regional Forecast
East Sierra

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Northwest Sierra

Emigrant Wilderness & North Yosemite
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North of Yosemite

Sonora Pass reporting station

Leavitt Lake reporting station

Leavitt Meadow reporting station

Horse Meadow Reporting Station

South of our Position

Tenaya Lake

Tuolumne Meadows

Tioga Entry Station

Northeast

Slide Mountain

All Ground Reporting Stations

MesoWest
N Calif Stations

Calif Snotel

Note that the ground reporting stations above are North and South of our position backpacking across the North Yosemite backcountry.

The reason is that there are no automated reporting stations in the North Yosemite Backcountry.

These reporting stations are given to ascertain snow conditions and temps at various altitudes and aspects of exposure.

Human Measured Stations

Wilma Lake

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Caltrans Hwy 108

Caltrans Hwy 120

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Hiking Southbound
into
Tuolumne Meadows Main Backpacker Facilities

Layout and Location
Also See
Tuolumne Meadows Resupply Page
&
Tuolumne Meadow Permits

Hiking South into the Tuolumne Meadows Store, Grill, Post Office and resupply point. The question is, which way are we going to hike on the JMT?

Behind the Store is the main road in the Tuolumne Meadows Campground.

We will cut to the Left around the store towards the Backpakers Camp to camp a night or two here in Tuolumne Meadows, or on our way to find the Southbound John Muir Trail.

We will cut to the Right around the store to follow the Campground Road down behind the Store to where we first find the trail to Lake Elizabeth, then the John Muir Trail to Cathedral Lakes on our way down into Yosemite Valley.

We want to be on the guide page following the JMT route from Tuolumne Meadows to Cathedral Lakes and Pass on our way following the JMT "backwards" down to Yosemite Valley.

The map below shows how us backpackers continuing South onto the Southbound JMT off of the Southbound Tahoe to Yosemite Trail can find our way from the Store-Grill-Post Office to the Backpacker's Camp and further on to the John Muir Trail running off the Southeasternmost end of the Tuolumne Meadows Campground Road.

 

TUOLUMNE MEADOWS

Map showing relationship of our position to the North and Southbound route of the John Muir Trail.

Map showing relationship of our position to the North and Southbound route of the John Muir Trail.

 

SUPERSIZE IT!

 

If we are Southbound onto the John Muir Trail we have a couple of ways to get to the John Muir Trail, depending on if we are staying a couple of nights in the backpacker camp. I am.

Here's a better map, but upside-down from my North to South way of looking at things.

Detailed map of Tuolumne Meadows Federal Facilities.
Map credit to NPS for both Maps above

 

RESUPPLY & PERMITS
We've got guide pages on Tuolumne Meadows Resupply and Permits

Tuolumne Meadows
Backpacker Resupply
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Permits

 

 

Miles and Elevations
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
Miles and Elevations

 

Miles and Elevations
Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow
Miles and Elevations

 

 


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Ready for Winter

Tuolumne Meadows store after being made ready for Winter Closure.

Tuolumne Meadows store after being made ready for Winter Closure.

Tuolumne Meadows Resupply Page


Lembert Dome
Lembert Dome in dark shadows and bright lights during a Fall sunrise.

Lembert Dome in dark shadows and bright lights during a Fall sunrise.

An Evening View of Lembert Dome.

I climbed the brightly-lit face. I should say I was talked into climbing it by a noted smart-ass climber who figured he'd see if I was worth hanging out with. Jeeze, I was backpacking through on TW hike number two or three.

I met the kid in the TM parking lot very early in the morning. I was waiting to eat, and he to pay for his day's climbing (food and gas) with his bounty of recycled bottles and cans. I was commenting on him drinking too much, judging by his recycling, and he started to explain that he was a climbing bum, and...

...and hey, he realised he was talking to a smartass backpacker screwing with him. But I was looking at Lembert Dome, and not being a hiker, asked, "can you climb that?"

He had climbed El Capitan a few times, having just finished a big, multi-day, two-dude "expedition" style El Cap climb. He was pumped up and ready to go.

His response was, "can you?"

Well, hell, I don't know, but I did know that my big mouth had just roped me into climbing Lembert Dome.

"I'm a backpacker."

"You want to climb it..." "do you think you can..," and, "aw, yeah, come-on, I'll show you how, Sammy Shannon asked me, while evaluating me, while himself deciding if he should walk me up Lembert Dome. Jeeze, I think to myself, it does not look too bad...

So I ended up following Sammy walking up the steepest section of the Southwester-most Flank of Lembert Dome.

Sammy picked a line from the furthest bottom-Left of the long, well-lit granite shoulder from where it's obscured by forest up to the small stand of trees we can see halfway up to the top on the far-Right of the image. Getting from the bottom up to the trees was the hard part. After that it was easy.

It was not easy to get there. I was wearing my heavy hiking boots, and I had not a clue about climbing. I learned an incredible amount of things about friction, flakes, traction, and gravity that day. And much more the next, when Sammy "geared me up," and brought be rock climbing in Tuolumne Meadows.

A Good Tool in the Belt
These climbing experiences learned from the climbing inhabitants of Tuolumne Meadows made me a much better backpacker by adding a huge amount of technical knowledge of evaulating exactly how much traction is or is not available on Sierra Surfaces, and how to properly access it. I am not a climber unless I have to be. Basic climbing skills and technology are good to have for advanced scrambling, route-finding, and cross-country backpacking.

That's what I got for screwing around with a climber...

 


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End of Campground Road

Trail from Tuolumne Meadows car campground to the Southbound John Muir Trail in Lyell Canyon.

End of Campground Road 2202

Hiking .2 of a mile South off the end of the paved campground road brings us to the
John Muir Trail.

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Modern Trailhead Miles Post at Lyell Canyon on the John Muir Trail in Tuolumne Meadows.

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Backpacking
The Heart of Yosemite National Park

The Golden Triangle

Yosemite is a large National Park that I break down into North, Central, and South regions for the convience of the Long Distance Backpacker.

We hike into the most Northwestern region of Yosemite through Bond or Dorothy Lake Passes on the Tahoe to Yosemite and Pacific Crest Trails, respectively. To our East-Northeast are the Hoover Wilderness Trailheads, to our South-Southwest lays the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River.

We arrive at roughly the center of the Sierra Nevada arriving at Tuolumne Meadows. Here the end of the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail is supplanted by the John Muir Trail heading South along the Sierra Crest from Tuolumne Meadows.

Since I consider everything South of Tuolumne Meadow to be the South Sierra, our explorations of the center of Yosemite will be quite limited. Unless we take an alternative route that will run us down to Yosemite Valley and back up to the JMT 5.6 miles South of Tuolumne Meadows in Lyell Canyon.
This is the Golden Triangle Route. Hiking the Golden Triangel Route in conjunction with, or I should say in addition to our hiking into Yosemite across the North Yosemite Backcountry, and our hiking out of Yosemite through Donohue Pass will give us a broad view of this magnificant park on our way down the Sierra Crest from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney.

 

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