A backpacker in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park.

Todd Arndt backpacking in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park.

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 (and this e-guide also describes shorter variations). It meanders around the biggest and loneliest chunk of wilderness on the Yosemite map: the vast realm of deep canyons and high peaks north of Tuolumne Meadows. This corner of the park harbors canyons strewn with rock gardens beneath 12,000-foot peaks; three 10,000-foot passes; an alpine lake with a sprawling, sandy beach that looks like it belongs in southern California; the incomparable Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River; and the summit often described as having “the best 360 in Yosemite.” If your goal is not to see Yosemite’s most famous and popular highlights, but rather, to explore areas that are just as amazing but off the radar of most backpackers (read: fewer people and much less difficulty getting a permit), this is the trip for you.

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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