Summary: The northward, mostly downhill hike from May Lake to Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp is lovely forested hike, but is somewhat unremarkable. The real payoff is just as you approach the camp with a stunning series of cascades and waterfall, with Glen Aulin falls just a few hundred feet from the camp itself.
Once in camp, hiking up the Tuolumne River is a must do day hike. Placid waters, roaring falls, and soaring granite cliffs make for a wonderous hike. We didn't make it all the way to Wagon Wheel Falls, but I understand that it is a sight to behold.
Trailhead: This hike is part of the High Sierra Loop, a series of 6 camps located between Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley. These camps have facilities for backpackers, but the best way to go is to stay in the tent cabins which includes great meals. Most of the camps can be reached via a day hike from either Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne Meadows.
This particular hike starts in the back country at May Lake Hike Sierra Camp and ends at Glen Aulin. Note that Glen Aulin can be reached from a parking area in Tuolumne Meadows that is about 5 miles from the camp. (Lat:37.87584 Lon:-119.3353)
Trail Guides for High Sierra Loop - May Lake to Glen Aulin:
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Yosemite National Park, High Seirra Camp Desk - 559-253-5674
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jim Zuber, who has posted 104 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by sa on 8/16/2009
this hike is a perfect hike for the novice hiker. lots of different terrain, not to difficult. will do it again next year and will camp at the high sierra camp. what a beautiful experience.
Reviewed by gary on 10/3/2007
many beautiful waterfalls and a lake on the trail on the north side before you enter the valley.
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