Backpacker in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Yosemite National Park.

Backpacking Wild, Uncrowded Northern Yosemite

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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 and high peaks 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 (you just have to see it); 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, which is 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, or scroll down to Yosemite on my All National Park Trips page.

Purchase this e-guide NOW to begin planning this one-of-a-kind backpacking adventure through wild, uncrowded northern Yosemite!

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