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Merced Lake Yosemite trail miles sign.
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Yosemite trail miles sign at Merced Lake.
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MILES
NORTH

JMT

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Yosemite
Valley

MILES
SOUTH

JMT-PCT

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

MILES
INDEX

PCT-TYT

Yosemite
Valley

REGIONAL
MAPS

JMT-PCT &
ALT ROUTE

Tuolumne
Meadows

Central Yosemite
Wilderness

TRAIL
GUIDE
INDEX

Yosemite
Valley

to
Lyell
Canyon

MAPS
INDEX

Tuolumne
Meadows

to
Reds
Meadow

ALL
MAPS

INDEX

TRAIL
GUIDE

INDEX

PERMITS
Yosemite

SIERRA
WEATHER

Central
Yosemite Wilderness

Miles & Elevations

Yosemite Valley to Lyell Canyon
via
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

An
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

Happy Isles Trailhead
departing the
John Muir Trail
Hiking Up
Merced River
to rejoin the
JMT
in
Tuolumne Meadows
or
Lyell Canyon

via
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

Golden Triangle II
This route is suggested as the complimentary Southern wing of our hike down the John Muir Trail into Yosemite Valley from Tuolumne Meadows.

Below we hike a different route out of Yosemite Valley to end up at the same destination, or a little South. We're taking the long way hiking out the South End of Yosemite National Park, as we took the long way in.

 

25.94 miles
Yosemite Valley
to JMT in Lyell Canyon

Location  Elevation Mileage  
Happy Isles Trailhead
Yosemite Valley
Mileage Sign Post

Store, Grill, & P.O.
4035 0  
  +xx .71  
Merced River Footbridge
Unicorn Creek
4400 .71  
+xx .14  
Lower Mist trail
Trail Junction

Mileage Sign Post
4590 .88  
+xx .73  
Clarks Point-Middle Mist Trail
Trail Junction

Mileage Sign Post
5940 1.61  
+xx .93  
Glacier Point
Trail Junction

Mileage Sign Post
6000 2.54  
+xx .20  
Nevada Falls Bridge 5930 2.74  
+xx .14  
Upper Mist Trail
Trail Junction

Mileage Sign Post
5970 2.88  
  +xx .58  
Trail Junction
West End
Little Yosemite Valley
6120 3.46  
+xx .46  

Merced River Trail &
John Muir Trail
LITTLE YOSEMITE VALLEY
TRAIL JUNCTION

Little Yosemite Valley Backpackers Camp
Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post

6140 3.92  
Below: East Up Merced River
North: see JMT to Tuolumne Meadows
+/- 00 2.06  
East End Little Yosemite Valley 6160 5.98  
+xx .41  
Enter Lost Valley 6320 6.39  
+xx .69  
Enter Bunnell Cascade 6360 7.08  
+xx .66  
Tiny Unnamed Valley
below Bunnell Point

At the First Bridge
At the Second Bridge

6560
+/00
6560

7.74
.06
7.80

 
+xx .37  
Bottom of Switchbacks 6720 8.17  
+xx .32  
Top of Switchbacks 7040 8.49  
+xx .29  
High Point
7130 8.78  
+xx .62  
Bridge below Echo Valley 6960 9.4  
+xx .75  
Echo Valley Bridge & Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
7000 10.15  
+xx .36  
East End Echo Valley
7020 10.51  
+/- 00 .90  
West Shore Merced Lake

7230 11.41  
+/- 00 .69  
Merced Lake High Sierra Camp
Northeast Shore
Mileage Sign Post
7230 12.1  
00 --  
Merced Lake Backpackers Camp
7230 12.1  
00 --  
Merced Lake
Yosemite Miles Signs
Mileage Sign Post
7230 12.1  
00 .87  
Merced Lake Ranger Station
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
7250 12.97  
+xx 1.06  
Fletcher-Lewis Creeks Junction
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
8160 14.03  
+xx .15  
Lewis Creek Footbridge 8120 14.18  
+xx 1.65  
Babcock Lake Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
8880 15.83  
+xx 1.84
Emerick Lake Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
9400 17.67  
+xx .08  
Boothe Lake-Tuolumne Pass
Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
9400 17.75  
+xx 2.10  
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp
Mileage Sign Post
Trail Junction
10120 19.85  
+xx .64  
Cathedral Range Crestline 10400 20.49  
+xx .78  
Creek out of Evelyn Lake 10334 21.27  
+xx 2.11  
Ireland Lake Trail Junction
(Route Highpoint Just above,
@ 10560 feet)
10410 23.38  
+xx 2.56  
John Muir Trail in Lyell Canyon
Trail Junction
Mileage Sign Post
8084 25.94  
JMT NORTH
Yosemite Valley
to
Tuolumne Meadows
Miles and Elevations
JMT SOUTH
Tuolumne Meadow
to
Reds Meadow
Miles and Elevations
Miles
and
Elevations
INDEX

Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney
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Miles North: Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley                           Miles South: Tuolumne Meadows to Reds Meadow

Notes

Setting up the outlines of the South Sierra section of
Tahoe to Whitney.

Stay tuned for construction progress.

 

Miles and Elevations
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ahoe on H

 

 

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