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Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow

 

John Muir Trail
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South Yosemite
into
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MILES
NORTH

TYT-PCT

Sonora
Pass

to
Tuolumne Meadows

MILES
SOUTH
WEST

JMT

Tuoulmne
Meadows

to
Yosemite
Valley

MILES
SOUTH
EAST

JMT-PCT

Reds
Meadow

to
Vermilion
Valley

Resort

MILES
SOUTH

ALT-ROUTE
FISH
VALLEY

Reds
Meadow
to
Vermilion
Valley

Resort

MILES
WEST

ALT-ROUTE
YOSEMITE
VALLEY

Lyell
Canyon
&
Vogelsang

to
Yosemite
Valley

MILES
INDEX

JMT-PCT

Tuolumne
Meadows

REGIONAL
MAP

JMT-PCT

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Donohue
Pass


Local
TRAIL
GUIDE
INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

Local
MAPS
INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

 

ALL
MAPS

INDEX

 

TRAIL
GUIDE

INDEX

PERMITS
Yosemite

 

SIERRA
WEATHER

Yosemite and Ansel Adams
Wilderness

Miles & Elevations
Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow
John Muir
&
Pacific Crest
Trails

across
South Yosemite
&
Northern
Ansel Adams Wilderness

Unified Trail
The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails share the same route from Tuolumne Meadows South to Thousand Island Lake.

3 Routes
There are three routes South from 1000 Island Lake back to Civilization, and resupply at Reds and/or Mammoth Lakes. These are the JMT, the PCT and the River Trail. Below on this page are the miles for this section of the JMT and PCT routes South from Tuolumne Meadows to 1000 Island Lake, then only covering the unique route of the JMT South from 1000 Island Lake to Reds Meadow.

The Other Two
Below are links to the pages covering the other two routes with the miles and elevations for the PCT and River Trail routes South from Thousand Island Lake to Agnew Meadows.

 

Two Other Routes

 

PCT: 1000 Island Lake to Agnew Meadows

 

River Trail: 1000 Island Lake to Agnew Meadows

 

 

Below
John Muir Trail
Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow
&

Pacific Crest Trail
Tuolumne Meadows to Thousand Island Lake

 

JMT
Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow
34.25 miles

 
Location  Elevation Mileage  
Tuolumne Meadows
Ground Zero

Store, Grill, & P.O.
8591  0  
  +29 .51  
End of Campground Road
Trail to Southbound JMT
8620 .51  
+20 .10  
John Muir Trail
JMT bypass around Tuolumne Meadows
Mileage Sign Posts North & South JMT
8640 .61  
+30 .82  
John Muir Trail to Toulumne Lodge
Footbridge to Tuolumne Meadows High Sierra Camp, Tuolumne Lodge.
8670 1.43  
+10 .64  
Rafferty Creek Junction
Tuolumne Pass: Quick way to
Vogelsang HSC
8680 2.07  
+221 4.17  
Vogelsang HSC-Ireland Lake Junction
Another route to Yosemite Valley
8901 6.24  
+99 2.88  
End of Lyell Canyon, Lyell Creek
Now we Climb
9000 9.12  
  +640 1.06  
Footbridge 9640 10.18  
+160 .30  

First Sites, meadow below first, Lower Basin.

9800 10.48  
+400 .6  
Sites at first ford-Lower Basin, & Sites along Lyell Creek
(mile 169 Mark)
10200 11.08  
+280 .66  
Over & Down to Second Ford Upper Basin & Sites along Lyell Creek
10480 11.74  
+240 .45  
Climb to bend in Trail to see Third Sites above Upper Basin, Conness to the North, Lyell Canyon laid out Below 10720 12.19  
+320 .5  
Blue Drop Lake on Top of Donohue Pass,
PARK BOUNDARY

Exiting Yosemite, entering Ansel Adams Wilderness
11040 12.69  
+0 .01  
Sloppy little Pond on
Donohue Pass
11040 12.70  
-560 .83  
Arrive Top of Rush Creek
Enter A Quite Enchanting Zone of fine sites
10480 13.53  
-408 1.68  
Marie Lakes Junction
Sign Post
10072 15.21  
-459 .73  
Rush Creek Trail to Waugh, Gem, and Silver Lakes
Sign Post
9613 15.94  
+85 .43  
Davis Lakes Junction
Sign Post
9698 16.37  
+505 .99  
Island Pass
10203 17.36  
-360 1.72  

NE Shore of 1000 Island Lake
JMT-PCT
Trail Junction

TOP

Campsites
Sign Post

Southbound
OPTIONS

There are three trail options for us to hike down to Agnew or Reds Meadows from here.

The PCT runs NE off the line of JMT, first accessing top of the River Trail. RT runs down along the Middle fork of the San Joaquin (a shaded, soft trail down to Agnew Meadows).

Pacific Crest Trail Route Miles

PCT stays high to bend Southeast onto the barren, exposed volcanic East Wall of the canyon, before descending to Agnew Meadows.

River Trail Route Milesl

The JMT moves South in the complex granite and forest terrain cut into the West Wall of the Middle San Joaquin Canyon before descending down to Devils Postpile, then Reds Meadow.

Those are our three trail options down to or up from Reds Meadow from here.

SOUTH JMT
FOLLOWS BELOW

NE Shore of 1000 Island Lake

9843

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



9843

19.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



19.08

 
+66 .52  
SE corner Emerald Lake 9909 19.60  
+xx .35  
Ruby Lake outlet creek

9911 19.95  
-233 1.22  
Garnet Lake Footbridge-Junction
Campsites
Trail 1.16 miles East down to River Trail along Middle Fork San Joaquin River

9678 21.17  
  +427 .63  
Top of Ridge Dividing Garnet Lake
from Shadow Creek
10105 21.80  
-1115 1.70  
Ediza-Shadow Lakes Split
JMT & Shadow Lake Left, East & down.
Ediza Lake Right, up to the West.
8990 23.5  
-253 .67  
Shadow Lake Split
JMT Right, South
River Trail 1.61 miles East
Ranger White Boards
Mileage Sign Post
8737 24.17  
+646 1.29  
Rosalie Lake Outlet 9383 25.46  
+131 .71  
South Shore Gladys Lake 9514 26.17  
  -196 1.86  
Castle Lake Junction 9318 28.03  
-1182 2.77  
Johnston Meadow Junction 8136 30.8  
-656 .67  
PCT-JMT Junction
Mileage
7677 31.47  
-131 1.39  
Footbridge Devils Postpile 7546 32.86  
+174 1.39
End of Minaret Road,
Reds Meadow
Mileage
7720 34.25  

 

TYT-PCT
NORTH
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows
Miles and Elevations

 

JMT
NORTH
Tuolumne Medows
to
Yosemite Valley
Miles and Elevations
JMT
SOUTH
Reds Meadow
to
Vermilion Valley
Miles and Elevations

 

Miles
and
Elevations
INDEX

Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney

 

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Miles North: Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows               Miles South: Reds Meadow to Vermilion Valley Resort

 

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