Backpackers on the summit ridge of Clouds Rest in Yosemite.

Backpackers on the summit ridge of Clouds Rest in Yosemite.

Looking for the complete Yosemite backpacking experience? This 74-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 and the mind-boggling granite domes and peaks of Tuolumne, Vogelsang, and Tenaya Lake. This route explores remote Red Peak Pass in the Clark Range—which at 11,500 feet 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. The entire route follows good trails and has just a handful of strenuous sections, and this e-guide describes shorter variations of the route.

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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