- This trail begins at White Wolf/Harden Lake and leads 12.5 miles northeastward. The trail crosses the Tuolumne River within its Grand Canyon. It can be used in conjunction with several other trails north of Tuolumne Meadows to create a long backpacking or stock packing trek.
To reach the Pate Valley Trail hikers can follow two routes. An abandoned road, closed to vehicles, leads northward west of White Wolf Campground to Harden Lake where the trail begins. The alternative is to walk eastward along a trail that lies south of White Wolf Campground to Lukens Lake Trail. Turn left at the trail junction and follow this route northward nearly three and a half miles to the Pate Valley Trail. Either route is relatively easy.
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