Poopenaut Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you like to have the river all to yourself, this is the hike. Poopenaut Valley, a small, level valley once occupied by cattlemen and sheepherders, sits in the lower canyon of the Tuolumne River downstream from O’Shaughnessy Dam and the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The trail to Poopenaut Valley is a brutally steep path, discouraging most hikers. The trail does provide quick and rewarding access to an isolated pastoral area along the Tuolumne River. Watch for rattlesnakes."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
"This often-overlooked trail provides a beautiful, albeit steep, introduction to lower-elevation Yosemite. Best suited to the cooler months, the trail leads down a steep forested trail to the Tuolumne River. In fall you can enjoy beautiful beaches and swimming holes, and in spring enjoy the river’s swirling waters. Visit this location mid-fall through spring but not summer, when temperatures are sizzling."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
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