Above California
Trails Pictures Maps Campgrounds Library
Mail This Trail
Picture Galleries
Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop
Nearby Picture Galleries
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop, again
Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake
South Lake - Evolution Valley - North Lake Loop
Trail Journals
Nearby Trail Journals
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop, again
Agnew Meadows to Thousand Island Lake
South Lake - Evolution Valley - North Lake Loop
Maps
Trailhead at Tenaya Lake
May Lake
Cathedral Pass
Sunrise High Sierra Camp
Echo Creek and Echo Valley
Merced Lake
Emeric Lake
Vogelsang High Sierra Camp
Rafferty Creek
Tuolumne Meadows
Search Maps
   
Suggested Links
Yosemite National Park
Tuolumne Meadows Trails
Yosemite High Sierra Camps
Suggested Books
Tuolumne Meadows: High Sierra Hiking Guide
Tuolumne Free Climbs
Rock Climbs of Tuolumne Meadows
Campgrounds
Nearby Campgrounds
Trailhead Group 13 miles
Trumbull Lake 17 miles
June Lake 21 miles
Oh Ridge 22 miles
Agnew Horse Camp 22 miles

Trail Journals

Yosemite High Sierra Camp Loop


Pages:   Introduction   1   2   3
 
Day 1 - To May Lake Map: May Lake
Trailhead
Trailhead
PostcardMap This Picture
Farther Up the Trail
Farther Up the Trail
PostcardMap This Picture

From the trailhead across the street from Tenaya Lake we begin to climb. The trail begins to flatten out and soon we pass beneath Polly Dome. Much of this trail is in the trees, though we do come out into the open from time to time.



After a few miles you pass a small pond just west of the Polly Dome Lakes. You may want to get water here because you won't have another chance for a couple miles. Maybe a quarter mile past this pond you arrive at a junction and turn left. You will turn left again after about a half mile. This trail climbs through the trees to a saddle. Shortly past the saddle the trail comes out of the trees and continues along the side of the mountain.



This trail offers wide panoramic views of the canyon below, but it is sunny and can be quite warm. The trail climbs steady at first, then switchbacks up as you apprach the saddle above. Once at the saddle you can break for lunch and walk to the top of the notch just ahead.



The trail descends a short distance and passes another small lake which is supposed to be a good swimming hole. From there the trail continues and remains fairly flat until switchbacking up for the last time. It passes a few small meadows at the top before coming out at May Lake. The High Sierra Camp is near the south end of the lake and camping is available a short distance farther.

Day 2 - To Sunrise High Sierra Camp Map: Cathedral Pass
May Lake with Mount Hoffmann
May Lake with Mount Hoffmann
PostcardMap This Picture
Cathedral Peak and Lake
Cathedral Peak and Lake
PostcardMap This Picture

From May Lake you will follow the trail down the mountain about 2 miles to a small parking lot. Turn left and walk to the end of this parking lot. From there you follow an old dirt road back down to the road.



Back at the road we took the rest of the day off at the Tuolumne Lodge, but you can continue on to Sunrise High Sierra Camp. At the road you can cross the street and nearby there is a Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle stop. You can take this shuttle to the Cathedral Pass trailhead.



This trail climbs through forested terrain. It levels out a bit here and there but it is generally a vigorous climb until a few miles before Cathedral Lakes where the trail climbs more gradually. Once at the lakes there is another short climb to the pass with a great view of the back side of Cathedral Peak.



From the pass the trail is flat for a bit as it passes though a large meadow. Then it begins to climb up a fairly rugged trail with views of Matthes Crest. Once you reach the saddle it is a fairly easy descent to the back of Long Meadow. The trail is flat the rest of the way to Sunrise High Sierra Camp. After nearly 2 miles you will pass a junction. You will follow this trail tomorrow if you choose not to follow the cross country route. However, today you will not turn here, but instead continue to the Sunrise High Sierra Camp.

Back Continue

Send Us Feedback

©1997-2008 Mark Wright and Matt Wrock