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MILES
NORTH

TYT-PCT

Sonora
Pass

to
Tuolumne
Meadows

MILES
WEST

ALT
ROUTE

Yosemite
Valley

to
Lyell
Canyon

MILES
SOUTH

JMT-PCT

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

MILES
INDEX

PCT-TYT

Tuolumne
Meadows

REGIONAL
MAPS

JMT-PCT &
ALT ROUTE

Tuolumne
Meadows

Central Yosemite
Wilderness

TRAIL
GUIDE
INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

MAPS
INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Yosemite
Valley

ALL
MAPS

INDEX

TRAIL
GUIDE

INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows
RESUPPLY

Yosemite
Valley
RESUPPLY

PERMITS
Yosemite

SIERRA
WEATHER

Yosemite Wilderness

Miles & Elevations

Tahoe to Yosemite Trail
to the
John Muir Trail

Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

A "Must" Read
On
Miles and Elevations
in the
High Sierra
Zero Point
and
Accuracy

Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
21.8 miles
 
Location  Elevation Mileage  
Tuolumne Meadows
Store, Grill, & P.O.
8575  0  
  +15 .62  
West End of Campground Road
Unicorn Creek
8590 .62  
+30 .32  
Visitor Center Junction on JMT
Mileage Sign Post
8620 .94  
-30 .52  
Wilderness Boundary
Junction on JMT

Mileage Sign Post
8590 1.46  
+840 2.59  
Lower Cathedral Lake Junction
Lake Campsites: .5 mile spur trail
Mileage Sign Post
9430 4.05  
+170 .54  
Upper Cathedral Lake Sign
Campsites
9600 4.59  
+120 .50  
Cathedral Pass 9720 5.09  
  +100 1.40  
Under Base of Colombia Finger 9820 6.49  
-300 1.14  

Upper Long Meadow Junction
Mileage Sign Post

9520 7.63  
+/- 00 .81  
Bottom of Long Meadow
Junction near Sunrise HSC

Mileage Sign Post
9520 8.44  
+160 1.49  
High Point Above Sunrise Creek 9680 9.93  
-1130 1.23  
Upper Sunrise Creek Ford
Campsites
8550 11.16  
-350 .95  
Rim of Merced Canyon 8200 12.11  
-200 .78  
Forsyth Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
8000 12.89  
-110 .18  
Merced and Washburn Lakes
Trail Junction & Mileage Anomaly
Mileage Sign Post
7890 13.07  
-410 1.11  
Lower Sunrise Creek Ford
Campsites
7480 14.08  
-260 .75  
Clouds Rest Trail Junction
Campsites
Mileage Sign Post
7220 15.83  
-200 .52  
Half Dome Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
7020 16.35  
-880 1.41  
Little Yosemite Valley Junction
To Campsites
Trail Junction
6140 17.76  
+/- 00 .15  
Little Yosemite Backpacker Camp
Campsites
Mileage Sign Post along Merced River

6140 17.91  
-20 .46  
Junction on West End of
Little Yosemite Valley
6120 18.37  
-150 .58  
Uppermost Mist Trail junction
Ranger White Boards
Mileage Sign Post
5970 18.95  
-40 .14  
Nevada Falls Bridge 5930 19.09  
+70 .20  
Glacier Point Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
6000 19.29  
-510 .93  
Clarks Point-Middle Mist Trail Jnc
Mileage Sign Post
5490 20.22  
-900 .73  
Lowest Mist Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
4590 20.95  
-190 .14  
Merced River Footbridge 4400 21.09  
-365 .71
John Muir Trailhead
Mileage Sign Post
4035 21.8  
JMT
SOUTH
Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow

Miles and Elevations
JMT
ALT-ROUTE
SOUTH
Yosemite Valley to Lyell Canyon
via Vogelsang

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: Yosemite Valley to Lyell Canyon

Mileage Notes

Measurement
Start and End Points

Yosemite's steel-cut mileage signs at trail junctions between Yosemite Valley and "Tuolumne Meadows" cite the Tuolumne Lodge and its associated High Sierra Camp as its measured end point.

Zero Point Discussion

Steel Signs
History of Yosemite
, trail signs, 6th paragraph.

Natural
Start and End
Point
The vast majority of backpackers hiking the John Muir Trail in the conventional direction from the Valley to TM end this section at the Post Office, store, cafe, and ultimately in the Tuolumne Backpacker's Camp.

A few do stay in the tent cabins in Tuolumne Lodge (why?), and a few more pay for the "family style" Tuolumne Lodge dinners.

Nonetheless, the Post Office and its associated facilities are the center of long distance backpacker activity in Tuolumne Meadows.
Therefore the Tuolumne Meadows Post Office is the Mileage Zero Point used for all trails into and out of Tuolumne Meadows on this guide.

Despite our consistency and discipline there are a number of mileage anomalies in all our sources. There are always anomalies in our figures. The forces of man and Nature are unceasingly altering the run of our route across the terrain.

A "Must" Read
On
Miles and Elevations
in the
High Sierra

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