When you’re ready to explore as deeply into the Yosemite backcountry as one can go, this nearly 87-mile hike is the adventure for you. It meanders through the biggest, loneliest, and most remote chunk of wilderness on the Yosemite map: the vast realm of deep canyons north of Tuolumne Meadows. Numerous places along it deserve shout-outs, like Matterhorn Canyon’s rock gardens beneath 12,264-foot Matterhorn Peak; the three 10,000-foot passes you cross in Yosemite’s northern alpine country; Benson Lake, with its sprawling, sandy beach; the incomparable Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River; lovely May Lake, ringed by cliffs and forest; and the 10,850-foot summit of Mount Hoffmann, often described as having “the best 360 in Yosemite.”
Read my full story about this trip, “Best of Yosemite, Part 2: Backpacking Remote Northern Yosemite” (which is premium content, requiring a subscription), for a description, with photos and a video, of the trip described in much more detail in this e-guide; or see the photos in my story “Backpacking 150 Miles Through Wildest Yosemite” (which is free for anyone to read). See all of my stories about Yosemite National Park.
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