With its ancient sequoia trees, the iconic Bridalveil Falls and majestic granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, there are so many wonders to enjoy. These lakes also hosted a huge population of Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs, an endangered species which is absent from most of the frequently visited (fish-filled) lakes of the Sierra. I didn’t really question my decision to bail until a few days later. Descending to the Lyell Fork. June 5 (Wednesday): Stopped at Bridalveil Falls (just 1,000 ft walk to a vista of the falls)6:45 to 7:06 And we did the extra portion of the trail.. Yes. Looking down Spiller Canyon. We chatted briefly, and I learned they were from France, and were hiking the south loop of the YHR. The view north from Shelf Pass. Hiking Clouds Rest is an all-day endeavor, and inside of this post we dive deep into the trip logistics to plan your own successful Clouds Rest Day Hike in Yosemite National P North of here, the SHR crosses into Hoover Wilderness from Spiller Canyon via Horse Creek Pass. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. The head of Stubblefield Canyon. Looking back at Stanton Pass and Virginia Peak from the contour to Soldier Lake. The spire above Lake 9154 in Bear Valley. He was also out to hike the YHR. Another shot of the peaks across Virginia Canyon. The lowest pond on the climb to Harriet Lake, with Foerster Peak above. Glen Aulin, a “peaceful pause in the tumble.” Below this point, the crowds thinned out quite a bit. We would yo-yo each other for most of the rest of the day. Many trailhead restrooms do not have potable water. A great view of the Lyell Group from near the top of Kuna Crest. I figured that continuing to Echo Valley would only save me about 30 minutes in the morning. If you are starting a hike from a trailhead located outside of Yosemite National Park, obtain your permit from the trailhead’s managing agency, even if camping in Yosemite. Distance seems to be about the same, but the trip report and pictures I've seen on Rockslides attempts to discourage one from attempting that route. Lemonade Pass from the north. By now, most of the summer tourists had gone home, so the park was a bit quieter. Looking up at waterfalls along Piute Creek. The Yosemite Falls Trail. This is the fourth high route for which he has published a thorough guide, the others being the King's Canyon High Basin Route, the Wind River High Route, and the Pfiffner Traverse. But, honestly, I still wasn’t enjoying the route as much as I expected. As Skurka mentions in the guide, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne is one of the deepest canyons in the United States. I hoped I would break out of it once I got on the core route, tomorrow. With over 800 miles of trails in the National Park, it entices thousands of holiday-makers, amateur hikers and […] The forested hump in the foreground is Quartzite Peak. But it’s not a bad option for your first high route, or multi-day off-trail backpacking trip, even if just for a section. As thunder rattled overheard, I didn’t even consider heading east towards Parker Pass Creek, I got in my car and turned west, towards home. The Tuolumne descends through Lyell Canyon and then Tuolumne Meadows before tumbling down the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, and then being interrupted in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. These winter trails are not hiking trails. Just below here I ran into a couple of men who were having the time of their lives, it offered a great reminder that even though this was just an approach to the main event, I should still do my best to enjoy it. Yesterday afternoon’s route is plainly visible, descending the far right side of the Maclure Glacier and then contouring across the slabs to a bench below Mount Lyell. From this angle, you get a sense of the steepness of the snowfield off the top of the pass. Being a jerk / offensive? Twenty-six miles with a good amount of off trail was a pretty significant day. The section from Quartzite Mountain to Lyell Canyon is especially spectacular. Thanks for all of the info! Turn northeast (left) at the Indian Rock sign to begin climbing the trail. I hoped to go a bit farther, so I asked if there was reasonable camping in Echo Valley, they said it was pretty rocky whereas Merced Lake was “set up for camping.” So I decided to set up here a couple of hours before sunset. After some pleasant walking high above Lyell Canyon, I crossed the rib and got my first views of Mount Lyell and the Lyell Glacier. The core route departs the trail just upstream from here and climbs 1,500’ through the forest toward the saddle on the right, Keyes Peak Pass. I'm going to be backpacking in Yosemite solo the evening of June 15th thru Sunday June 19th and I'm trying to plan my starting point and set up my trailhead permit. I climbed across the ridge, as described in the guidebook, until I found the top of the chute. Most of the way to the top of Don’t Be a Smart Pass. Later research tells me it’s the somewhat common White-Lined Sphinx Moth. The Merced Lake Ranger Station, in a beautiful pine forest. Maybe it was the accessibility, the fact it was a newly publicized route, or something else, but it was a bit busier than the WRHR. Passes always look most difficult from below, but this one looked especially steep. Naturally, I threw a small rock into the lake’s center, just to be sure. Yosemite issues permits for specific trailheads on specific days, rather than for individual campsites. Full Trailhead Report. Awesome views above Roosevelt Lake. If you look closely you can see Jose and Jordan descending. As I entered the forest again, I tried to avoid the avalanche chute marked on the map, but couldn’t find any particularly easy route. A meadow near Tuolumne Pass. The Yosemite High Route is the newest high route published by Andrew Skurka. For the fullest experience, the Yosemite High Route is best completed as an end-to-end thru-hike. Shooting for 3 days/2 nights. I was also affected by Josh’s story of the fallen hiker, having already had my fair share of mis-steps, dislodged talus blocks, and small tumbles. After this, there’s one more good vista before Tuolumne. Sunrise over Falls Creek. Another couple of shots west of Shelf Pass. If you’re hiking a high route, your standards for campsites are probably a bit more relaxed than someone doing the High Sierra Camps loop. The full Cathedral Range comes into view again near the top of Sue Pass. After this, I entered the forest again and made my way to Young Lakes. By this morning, I had decided that I probably wasn’t going to start the south loop of the YHR. You’ll see granite cliffs thousands of feet tall, countless perfect-U-shaped canyons, and full 360-degree views of the domes and crags of the Cathedral Range. The view back across Virginia Canyon when the forest opened up. I reached Tuolumne mid-afternoon, hopped in the car and headed east, bound for Mammoth. I’m beginning my hike outside Yosemite, but will end my hike in Yosemite. I opted for the right route, as it looked a bit easier to me. The daylight was fading, so I figured this would be a good spot to stop for the night. As that starting point is the most popular in the park, the quota is divided into three categories according to where you want to camp. The next climb to Russell Pass was a big one, 1,500’ up to the route’s high point at 12,000’. Don’t let time constraints keep you from making the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Mostly flat, but covering more than 11 miles if you do the full loop, the Valley Loop trail offers a moderate fall hike in Yosemite that brings you past Lower Yosemite Fall, Three Brothers Rock formation, past Camp 4 and onto El Capitan. Looking up Stubblefield Canyon from the climb to Lake 9774. In the guide, Skurka calls this a “highlight” of the north loop. The remarkable Soldier Lake. The view back over the Cathedral Range from partway up Lemonade Pass. Having done a fair bit of hiking in Yosemite, I was excited by a High Route in the park that contained almost entirely new terrain for me. Trip Report: The Yosemite High Route August 3, 2019 - August 7, 2019 and September 22, 2019 - September 25, 2019 Introduction. Tuolumne Conditions Report, June 2020. A lovely stretch of trail on the long descent to the Merced. For the specific Yosemite Highlights Loop described in this report, you want to start at the Mirror Lake Trailhead and must hike towards Snow Creek. View trail descriptions and mileages for this area, White Wolf to Smith Meadow A large snowfield atop Burro Pass. Additionally, overnight parking is not allowed on the Tioga and Glacier Point Roads beginning October 15; this includes parking lots accessible from these roads. I did the drop-pack and look for headnet dance before I realized I had made the rookie mistake of putting my headnet inside of my pack. Anyway, loved your report. The climb to Quartzite Peak was tough. 4. I knew I would be fine because I would cross Don’t Be a Smart Pass well before noon. Looking across and down Spiller Canyon at the next pass, Stanton Pass. Rock Island Lake from the pass. For my hike, I opted for the "longest and most convenient" figure-8 variant from north to south, saving the highest country for last. 2) 8 miles to Raisin Lake, not too hard, some mosquito-rich sections in the Cathedral creek area, last part climbing up towards Raisin Lake has spectacular views, great wildflowers. This photo doesn’t quite convey the immense scale. Near the end of 2017, Julie booked us two nights at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, for President’s Day Week.The hotel has been our mainstay on each of our prior winter trips with its central location. Mount Ansel Adams, directly across the basin. I hope you can go again when the high country trails are open, I think you would really enjoy them. I saw some things floating in Roosevelt Lake, and then noticed these rocks. At the edge of Grace Meadow, I came across this deer crossing the creek. These kinds of things are always easier going up than down, but I don’t remember it being very loose or scary. United States - Reno-Yosemite Trip Report - Short solo trip from Reno to Yosemite in Mid-May. Mist Trail. Looking back north from near the top of Rock Island Lake Pass. 1) Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is accessible off of Route 120 near the western entrance to Yosemite National Park. With that said, I think there’s one framing under which the Yosemite High Route truly excels, and that’s as a geological tour of Yosemite National Park. I believe this photo is near the top of the climb north of Stubblefield Canyon, which I would traverse again tomorrow. I was excited to get off trail into the high mountains again tomorrow. Beautiful lighting as I continued deeper into the canyon. 1. At the beginning left stuff (food/smellies/dirty clothes etc) in a bag in a bear locker at the GA trailhead (it was all still there when we returned at the end). About half a mile upstream I passed a group of older men who warned me “there’s shitloads of mosquitoes down there.” While they had claimed the best spot upstream of Pate Valley, they offered advice about a campsite a bit farther downstream that would likely have some relief due to the river moving faster through that section. Note that it’s a little bit tricky to precisely locate the spot where you’ll leave the trail here (CR-41), but it doesn’t really matter, as long as you wait until you’re in the gently sloping forest past the second mapped creek. Find the trailhead you wish to start from. Driving Directions: The Hite Cove trailhead is on highway 140, 8.5 miles (13.5 km) west of Yosemite's El Portal border (10.5 miles west of the ticket gate, which is a couple miles inside the park) and 21 miles (33 km) east of Mariposa. The JMT follows the Tuolumne all the way up Lyell Canyon. (pass-through), Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV), Happy Isles to Sunrise/Merced Lake (pass-through), Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) I still had some daylight left in the day, but Skurka mentioned this was a good camping spot, and I was easily in reach of Tuolumne Meadows tomorrow, so I stopped to camp in this basin. It feels entirely different than the canyons of the North Loop. The choice presented in the guide is very clear here, with the lower angle slabs at left, and the tundra/slab ascent to the right. From here, it was only on-trail hiking back to Tuolumne! I continued on, but couldn’t figure out what they were talking about, so I decided to suck it up and deal with the mosquitos in Pate Valley. A good view of the entire chute. I was happy to reach Adair Lake, where I stopped for some food and water. If you shorten your trip, you can join via Twin Lakes and Robinson Lakes, or via the Sierra High Route in Spiller Canyon. Rather than walk all the way around Harriet Lake to get there, I shortcut across the talus on the south shore of the lake, this route might not go earlier in the season. Overlooking Adair Lake, Lemonade Pass is the notch on the left. One of the many lightly forested lakes on the trail descending from Red Peak Pass. It provides a really different perspective on Half Dome. From here, the route descends and curves left before climbing to the next pass, Tower Peak Pass. Destination: Vernal Falls on the southeast side of the park. At top of Kuna Crest, I noticed this wildlife camera. The Badger Pass Road is typically open from mid-December through March, conditions permitting. I was not enjoying this hike as much as I had hoped and was having a hard time pumping myself up for 5 or 6 more days. This route was planned by Elizabeth Wenk and I had the good fortune to be able to tag along with Lizzy and her two kids. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. I believe I’m one of the first 10 or so people to complete the full route in any style. This isn’t Skurka’s first guide and it shows. There are two trails that leave from Tenaya Lake, one that leads to the north and one to the south. June 21, 2020; With Yosemite open for day-use access, climbers have been among the first visitors to return to the park. By this point, I was unsure which route I had originally walked, and knew the ring was lost. Rafferty Creek was fine, but the scenery on some of the other options will be a bit better. They were locked, as were the outhouses at the backpacker’s camp. Footage includes Vernal Falls, climbing the … Happy hiking. Overlooking Helen Lake and Parker Pass Creek, with the red peaks of Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs above. 10. Is there buttloads of snow right now? Last year alone, a peak of 150,000 climbers visited Yosemite National Park. Use the free Yosemite Valley shuttle bus to get to trailheads. Accident Report: Rappelling, Fifi Buttress On November 17, 2017, Yosemite Park Rangers were notified that the body of Niels Tietze… Loved Yosemite, but driving to/from was much longer … Wanting to stay in California meant it was down to the King’s Canyon High Basin Route (KCHBR), or the Yosemite High Route (YHR). I hope you enjoyed this trip report and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me, my info is in the header at the top of this page. I stopped to read the summit register for Quartzite Peak. I stuck right on the ascent. If you’re searching for sweeping views of Yosemite Valley and an epic view of Half Dome, you can’t beat the Clouds Rest hike. 4. The Merced continues downstream over Nevada and Vernal falls, and then through Yosemite Valley. The ascent was a little bit tricky, the guide instructions weren’t super clear. I passed a few large groups on the trail ascending the pass. The climb up the snowfield got a little steep near the top, but it was more forgiving to the left, and the snow was quite soft. Once I got a bit higher, the flowers came in again. We commiserated a bit more, they had some trouble with the talus field in Stubblefield Canyon as well, and were having a tough time with the ledges below Shelf Pass. I decided to make camp for the night on a rocky outcrop above Wilma Lake overlooking Falls Creek. The descent from the pass was straightforward. Overlooking Thompson Canyon, with Willow Pass in the foreground. Another view of Obelisk Lake from the slabs above. This increase … Skurka provides several approach options from each end, adding between 25 and 80 miles, and a good amount more elevation change. The incredible view from Stanton Pass, the best of the route so far. For most backpackers, however, it will be more practical to undertake the route in more bite-sized pieces. Regan Outdoors presents: Half Dome Cables! This trail is also used for horseback riding, and hikers sometimes report that much if it smells like horse droppings. Great views over a small tarn above Obelisk Lake. With that in mind, I’ll focus on aspects that I think others will interesting: route details missing or lacking in the guide, my opinion of the route, and a good collection of informative and inspiring photographs. A tumble here would be bad news. The sandy washout below Shelf Pass, some of the easiest walking on the core route thus far. One of my favourite flowers, White Mountain Heather. The view north to the Sierra Crest in Emigrant Wilderness from Keyes Peak Pass. From here you can see Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure on the right, as well as Matterhorn Peak on the left. The “funny business” in the main body of the Maclure Glacier. There were fewer miles down low in the forest, no long approaches, and most of the hiking was in the high mountains of the Cathedral and Clark Ranges. This trip report covers a two-part section hike I undertook in the summer of 2019 of the Yosemite High Route, a 150-ish mile off-trail hiking route circling Yosemite National Park. More White Mountain Heather, under moody skies. Rock Island Lake and the peak behind from its inlet stream, near my camp for the night. I thought that tomorrow I would try and get across Russell Pass and camp in the Lyell Fork area, which Skurka explicitly recommends in the guide. Another great vantage point along the JMT, with Mount Maclure coming back into view. The NPS (National Park Service) website describes the Yosemite Falls Trail as follows: "One of Yosemite's oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall, which rises 2,425 feet (739 m) above the valley floor. After a bit of talus hopping, the slope steepened to a class 3 climb for the last 100 feet or so. From Sue Pass, there’s a great view of the High Sierra to the south. You exit the wilderness via the Happy Isles Trailhead, which is very close to the Trailhead Parking Lot where you can leave your car during the trek. The guide isn’t very specific about where you should leave the trail to cross Parker Pass Creek, but I found this abandoned cabin to be just about right. 6. It looks pretty loose, but not terrifying. From this angle, just downstream, you get a slightly different view of the glacier, and a clear view of the typical climbing route up Mount Lyell. Looking up the chute towards Rock Island Lake Pass. Like previously, I got up very early this morning and headed up to Tuolumne. Nam eu neque vulputate diam rhoncus faucibus. While it obviously would have been nicer to complete the thru-hike I had planned, I’ve accepted my decision to take a break in the middle, and I have some healthy perspective on this decision. I’m not convinced it’s possible to compete in scenery with the WRHR while staying within Yosemite National Park, but the southern loop of the YHR is a reasonable attempt. Rock Island Lake in the morning. If you walk to the trailhead from Yosemite Village instead of taking the shuttle bus, it adds 1.5 miles (2.4 km) each way. You can even see Banner Peak and Mount Ritter from this angle. It was steep and loose, but went easily with some careful scrambling. I keep thinking there should be an obvious trailhead. True? Willow Pass, a straightforward, but somewhat brushy walk up. warning In response to COVID-19, the Yosemite Conservancy wilderness team has implemented a new online contact form. Twice I retraced where I thought I had walked, and then once more on hands and knees, but was not able to find it. Accident Report: Leader Fall, Cathedral Peak. In my stroll down the trail to this point, I had decided that I would end my trip at Tuolumne Meadows, instead of continuing on to the South Loop. Reviews. I started today crossing Return Creek and beginning up the 1,000’ climb to McCabe Creek. The first 1,000’ up “slab ramp” were somewhat rough as the temperature had warmed up a bit beyond my comfort level. The two rivers independently join the San Joaquin, another great river of the Sierra, before flowing to the Pacific Ocean. trailhead not accessible in 2022, Ostrander (Lost Bear Meadow) *Trailhead parking is just beyond Curry Village (and about a half-mile from Happy Isles). Keyes Peak Pass is at right here, above the snowfields. I lost it crossing a meadow in the valley, but quickly regained it on the other side. Overlooking the first pond, and the south half of the Clark Range. Yes. You’ll see remarkable waterfalls in Yosemite Valley, in the Grand Canyon, and along the Merced River. He was hiking the northern half of the Sierra High Route. All permits will be distributed via email. With over 3.5 million yearly visitors from throughout the world, the iconic Yosemite National Park is known for some of the most beautiful hikes and landscapes in the United States. The YHR crosses just right of the left snowfield. Time for some giant rocks and big water in the bursting Spring run-off of Yosemite National Park. Pink Mountain Heather in Stubblefield Canyon. Hiking Trails. The temperature rose as I climbed higher, and soon it was time to leave the trail again. Here, you cross from the drainage of the Merced River to the drainage of the Tuolumne River. Your support can fund projects to keep trails throughout the park in top shape, including by repairing damage and preventing erosion. Day 1-Elizabeth Lake Trailhead (Tuolumne Meadows Campground) to Nelson Lake (9,… Matterhorn Pass from below. Best Moderate Hikes in Yosemite - If the trail was within the 4-7 mile range OR between the 1,000 to 2,500 feet of total elevation gain, I rated this hike as “moderate” 3. Footage includes Vernal Falls, climbing the Sub Dome and the infamous Half Dome Cables. Please note that Tioga Road and Glacier Point Road trailheads have no vehicle access when these roads are closed, typically from around November to May or early June. A deer wandering down the trail in Echo Valley. Another view of the Lyell Fork (of the Tuolumne River, this time). Sure, I was disappointed that I had abandoned my pursuit of a goal, but I felt like I made a reasonable decision with the information available. A brisk morning hike with the missus enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Yosemite, ascending up the Yosemite falls trail to the Columbia Rock viewpoint. Finally, after more than half a day Traversing canyons, I was getting closer to some big mountain scenery. As the terminuses lie deep in the park’s wilderness, YHR hikers must decide how to reach these points from the frontcountry. This isn’t the tricky side, but it still looks pretty steep! trailhead not accessible in 2022, Bridalveil Creek Campground To visit the fallen … The initial climb from Adair Lake had some ribs and gullies that required navigation to get around, but after reaching the tarns, it was pretty straightforward. trailhead not acccessible in 2022, Pohono Trail (Glacier Point) The Ten Lakes trailhead is for all destinations northbound on the trail along Yosemite Creek. The full trailheads report shows which trailheads are full for certain dates (as of the last-updated date shown at the top of the page). The view west from Quartzite Peak, Half Dome and Clouds Rest are clearly visible, as is the burn scar from the Meadow Fire. Spam? The northernmost section of the YHR crosses these same creeks near their headwaters, and also has a very washboard character to it. Here’s a view looking back at the other route, the class 4 slab downclimb. The view back across Roosevelt Lake, with Don’t Be a Smart Pass in the background. The approach, passing over slabs through a healthy lodgepole forest, is enhanced by the well-established access trail. Looking south from the clearing, Mount Lyell and Mount Maclure are clearly visible, the large snowfield of the Lyell Glacier makes Mount Lyell very obvious. Yosemite National Park is planning to close Glacier Point Road for the entire 2021 season to rebuild the road and add parking at a key trailhead, according to a new plan developed by the park. So, what changed that lead me to go back and finish the route? Between these two points the Tahoe to Yosemite Trail offers a very interesting … It indicated the location of a survey marker. If you utilize the Grand Canyon of the Tuolume and Yosemite Valley approaches, you will visit two of the great valleys of the Sierra, carved by glaciers many thousands of feet into hard granite. Views of the Cathedral Range from the bench. Another waterfall, I can’t recall the name of this one. OBOFRT Trailhead vs. Rockslides Trailhead. Sunset over Kuna Crest. They are intended for use with skis or snowshoes. View from partway up Don’t Be a Smart Pass. Planning Your It is a fantastic year-round hike as well. Below Bear Valley, the trail rejoins the PCT for the final section of “The Washboard.” Through this section, the PCT repeatedly crosses divides between creek drainages. Only one permit is required. I was able to climb over the rocks to bypass it easily. Tilden Lake. An improved version of the trailhead report is now available on Yosemite Conservancy's website. Looking directly down the chute. The east face of Mount Clark rising above the unnamed lake above Obelisk Lake. I caught up to them on the way down and learned their names were Jordan and Jose, and they were also hiking the YHR. From this perspective, it’s clear that yesterday’s hike really only traversed about half of the Clark Range. Near the top of this initial climb I came across another hiker, John. June 10, 2018; Accident Report; On July 30, 2017, at 1:59 pm, Yosemite dispatch was notified via a 911 call that a climber had fallen while on the first pitches of Matthes Crest. McCabe Creek. Then I continued to Tuolumne Meadows, parked in the lot at the wilderness center and went in to ask about a permit. Trailhead Quota System. White Mountain Heather on the way up Tower Peak Pass. Yosemite Trail Maps. I ran into this grouse on my way up to Foerster Pass. So, going over the falls in a barrel is highly discouraged, to say the least. Park at trailhead parking lot* Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking) 6. Thousands of feet below, the Tuolumne lazilly oxbows through meadows. The top 200’ of the drop off of the ridge were as shitty as promised, but it improved after rounding the corner below point 10987. If you still haven't found your trailhead name, the following information should help you. There was a spot or two where you could probably scratch out a campsite just north of the lake outlet. The only access to Glacier Point will be via the Four Mile, Panorama, and Pohono Trails, all of which are strenuous hikes. Here, I came across a couple of other hikers, also making their way up through the brush. 15. After doing this homework I realized that the south loop had much more of a “high route” character than the north loop. I initially hoped to use the Fourth of July holiday week to get a full week off for the price of only three vacation days, but the spring of 2019 was not forgiving to the early season California backpacker. The Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River along the JMT. The trail starts from the John Muir Trail (JMT) trail head near the happy isles shuttle stop. I chose the right (west) side. I stuck to the right to avoid a gully. You should know the name of this flower by now. If you are looking within 24 weeks of your trip, check out the Trailheads Report . Just upstream from camp, there was a ford of Falls Creek. At this time, this online form is the best way to reach us with questions about your 2020 wilderness permit. Walking along the shore of these lakes, an endless stream of frogs leapt into the water just ahead of me. Tuolumne Meadows is the end point.. The top 50’ were a steep sand slope, which is difficult but not dangerous. The trailhead is located off Tioga Road, 20 miles east of Crane Flat. As far as I’m aware this is the first detailed trip report covering this newly publicized route. I planned to approach the northern terminus from Tuolumne Meadows via the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, and return from the southern terminus via either Cathedral Pass, Echo Creek, or Rafferty Creek, a decision I planned to make later in my trip. If you are looking within 24 weeks of your trip, check out the Trailheads Report . I pushed on until Triple Peak Fork, where I made camp under fading light. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. North Rim Trail is a 26.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. As Skurka says in the guide, the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne has as many waterfalls as sunny days. Continuing up south of Quartzite Peak, into the Clark Range. trailhead only accessible via Four Mile Trail in 2022, Pohono Trail (Wawona Tunnel/ Bridalveil Fall parking). Yosemite Falls Hike: Trail Report. 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