Looking for the complete Yosemite backpacking trip? This 65-mile hike south of Tuolumne Meadows hits iconic, must-see features in Yosemite’s backcountry as well as some of its most remote and lonely wilderness. Highlights include two of the best summits in the park, Clouds Rest and beloved Half Dome high above Yosemite Valley, as well as thunderous, 594-foot-tall Nevada Fall, the mind-boggling granite domes and peaks of Tuolumne, Vogelsang, and Tenaya Lake, remote Red Peak Pass in the Clark Range—which is the highest pass reached by a trail in Yosemite—and the rocky terrain and tarns, lakes, and creeks at the headwaters of the Merced River. And the entire route follows good trails and gets no more than moderately strenuous.
Read my full story about this trip, “Best of Yosemite, Part 1: Backpacking South of Tuolumne Meadows,” (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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