Things To Do Near Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite National Park



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  • Some of the best things to do in/near Tuolumne Meadows are some of the best things in California. The cool high country is a welcome summer retreat from the Golden State's baking heat, especially when thunderheads build in the afternoon over the Sierra crest and add 'higher Sierras' to the gorgeous mountain landscape. You will even find people who consider Tuolumne to be the center of the universe. It's that special to so many who grew up camping, hiking and fishing here or who learned to light a campfire, first fixed pro for a climb on Cathedral Peak, who saw their first bear, or who never lost the memory of the bright stars in the clear air and light-free sky at night.

    In winter the Tioga Road corridor is closed to cars but open to backcountry skiers who appreciate the bunks and firewood in the free ski hut and the big open slopes of Unicorn Peak for carving tele turns.

    Tuolumne is a nexus of high country trails for great day hikes and for weeks- or months-long through-hikes of the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. There are easy strolls along Lyell Canyon, moderate outings like Cathedral Lake or Lembert Dome, and burly hauls up Mt. Dana or Mt. Gibbs. Lembert Dome isn't a long hike, but is a steep route and the air is thin at 9000', but the scene from this granite viewing platform is world-class. Cathedral Peak is a landmark for the region, was one of Muir's toughest ascents and remains a cherished classic among today's rockclimbers.

    Lembert Dome Trail

    P.O. Box 577
    The trail head is at a parking lot north of CA 120 in Tuolumne Meadows at rd. marker T-32. Follow the nature trail that starts here and take off at marker no. 2

    Popular climb that leads to a spectacular view...
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    Cathedral Lake Trail

    P.O. Box 577
    The trail head is off Tioga Rd., at the west end of Tuolumne Meadows, west of Budd Creek

    Popular subalpine route to beautiful lakes and peaks... read more

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    Lyell Canyon Trail

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    P.O. Box 577

    An underrated delight running south from Tuolumne Meadows... read more

    Tuolumne Meadows Campground

    P.O. Box 577

    This site is open for tents, campers and RVs with half of the 314 sites available on a first come, first served basis... read more

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    Ranger Programs

    POB 577

    A great American tradition of learning on the trail... read more

    Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center

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    Hwy 120 East
    (Yosemite Valley)

    High country orientation... read more

    Gaylor Lakes Trail

    P.O. Box 577

    Access to several alpine lakes... read more

    Mono Pass Trail

    P.O. Box 577

    4 miles southeast from Dana Meadows... read more
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