Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain3,234ft
Trailhead Elevation9,355ft
Elevation Min/Max7900/9398ft
Elevation Start/End9355/9355ft

Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail

Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County and Tuolumne County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 7.6 miles long and begins at 9,355 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,234 feet. The trail ends near the Campground May Lake camp site and the May Lake High Sierra Camp hostel. There are also drinking water and restrooms near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: May Lake Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Glen Aulin - May Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail comprises the easiest section of the High Sierra Camps Loop Trail. It is also a section of both the Pacific Crest and Tahoe–Yosemite trails. Scenically, this popular hike to Glen Aulin is noted for the scenic pools, rapids, cascades, and falls it passes. Because the hike is virtually all downhill, it is ideal for hikers unaccustomed to high elevations. Spending a night at Glen Aulin gets you partly acclimated, preparing you for the hike back up to your trailhead."

"The easy hike to Glen Aulin is a Yosemite classic. Wide meadows, sweeping vistas of rounded granitic domes, and pulsating waterfalls on the Tuolumne River all combine to make this an exceptional area. Even if this trail were not so spectacular, it would still be very well used. In addition to the High Sierra Camp, Glen Aulin lies on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Tahoe–Yosemite Trail, and it is also a pivotal point for many hikes on the east side of the park. Because of the popularity of this area, make your backpacking reservations early. If you would like to see more of this beautiful area and less of your fellow visitors, continue on from Glen Aulin to the relative peace of the subalpine McCabe Lakes."

"The Glen Aulin Trail, a portion of the, Pacific Crest Trail, is a popular hike that leads to Glen Aulin High, Sierra Camp and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. This, hike follows the Tuolumne River through scenic open meadows, (cover photo) to Tuolumne Falls and White Cascade. Beyond, the meadows, the trail passes magnificent cascades and waterfalls, all the way to Glen Aulin. Tuolumne Falls and White Cascade, are a continuous, powerful-foot cascade with foaming pools, tumbling down a granite slope. From the top of the falls, the, path descends along the raging whitewater of White Cascade, and ends at a deep river pool and pebbly beach in Glen Aulin."

"There are more scenic wonders along the Glen Aulin trail, mile for mile, than on any other route below the high alpine zone anywhere in Yosemite. For most of its length it follows the course of the Tuolumne River as it wanders through broad meadows beneath the fabulous domes and spires of the Cathedral Range, then rushes and tumbles down in waterfall after waterfall as the canyon steepens and narrows. Your goal, the High Sierra Camp lies in an idyllic setting beside a pool at the base of an exquisite cascade. Because the route is fairly short and easy, because it is part of the High Sierra Camp loop and the Pacific Crest Trail, and because it is so beautiful, the trail always has plenty of traffic and wilderness permits go quickly. Solitude? Not a chance, but worth the trip anyway."

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Trail Information

Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park; Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
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USGS Tioga Pass and Falls Ridge
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Oct 2018