Backpacking Yosemite: Glen Aulin Pass Thru
Yosemite High Country

TRIP DATES

Not Available in 2021

Trip Overview

Experience the spectacular beauty of the Yosemite backcountry on this beginner friendly route from Tuolumne Meadows to Waterwheel Falls. In lieu of staying at the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp for two nights, we will camp in more secluded areas of the park. Participants will have plenty of time for rest and relaxation among high mountain waterfalls and rivers. Trails on this route are well maintained with minimal elevation gain and loss, perfect for those new to backpacking. This trip is slightly more difficult than the traditional Glen Aulin adventure as there are more miles with your pack and your pack may be heavier due to the addition of bear canisters. *Dates are tentative based on backcountry permits, secured 6 months prior to departure.

 

Please read our updated COVID-19 trip safety precautions. Please note that participants on Sports Basement Outdoors trips do not need to procure their own day-use reservation for Yosemite.

  Have a question about this trip? Email us at sboutdoors@sportsbasement.com.

 

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Difficulty Rating: Difficult
DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Participants will be carrying their own gear as well as group gear (35 - 45 lbs total), for roughly 6.5 miles each day over easy to moderate terrain with minimal elevation drops and gains. We recommend doing numerous day hikes and training with a 35 - 45 lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be in decent physical condition (See our Training Recommendations). Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating on the trip and are subject to manager approval.

Trip Itinerary

Although we'll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine as long as it is safe to do so.

Day 1

Meet at the Lembert Dome Picnic Area in Tuolumne Meadows at 9 am

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Hike 6.5 miles on rolling to downhill terrain

Enjoy spectacular views of Tuolumne Meadows

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Make camp near the Tuolumne River

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Day 2

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Optional day hike: Hike 2.5 miles predominately downhill along the Tuolumne River to Waterwheel Falls with a lightweight day pack

Enjoy spectacular views of the Tuolumne River

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Hike 2.5 miles predominately uphill back to camp with a lightweight day pack

Enjoy a delicious, hot dinner along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Day 3

Enjoy a delicious, hot breakfast along with a selection of hot beverages (e.g. coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate)

Break camp

Hike 6.5 miles on moderate uphill terrain

Enjoy a trailside lunch

Enjoy spectacular views of Tuolumne Meadows

Return to the Lembert Dome Picnic Area

Congratulations! You just backpacked/hiked 17 miles with 2.2k elevation gain over 3 days!

Packing List

Required:

Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer

Lightweight 2 Person, 3-Season Tent (rentals available)

Backpacking Pack - minimum 60L (rentals available)

Lightweight, Compressible Sleeping Bag rated 15 to 25 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight Sleeping Pad, inflatable recommended (rentals available)

Headlamp with fresh batteries (rentals available)

Mess Kit (bowl, insulated cup, and spork)

Sturdy Hiking Boots that are broken in

2-3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

SunscreenSun HatSunglasses

Hiking Pants/Shorts (lightweight, quick dry)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking Tops (quick dry)

Wool or Synthetic Hiking SocksLiner Socks

Seasonal Layers: BaselayersFleece/Down JacketWinter HatLightweight Gloves 

Waterproof Rain Jacket and Pack Cover (Poncho at minimum)

Optional (but recommended):

Trekking Poles (rentals available)

Lightweight Day Pack

Lightweight Camp Shoes/Water Shoes

Insect Repellant

Small Pack Towel

Camera/Phone

Ear Plugs

Camp Pillow

Luxury Item (small book/kindle, deck of cards, etc.)

Guide Gratuities (optional)

Do NOT bring:

Soap

Full Wallet and Set of Keys 

Full sized Toothpaste, Deodorant, Sunscreen, etc. (Please only bring travel size packages of these things or re-package them yourself.)

$545 per person

Included:

Two Expert, Medically Trained Guides

Group First Aid Kit

All Wilderness Permits and Camping Fees

Bear Canisters

Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)

Water Filtration

Dinners, Breakfasts, Hot Beverages, and Trail Snacks

Pre-Trip Phone Briefing Approximately Two Weeks Prior to Trip

An Amazing Wilderness Experience

*Dates are tentative based on backcountry permits, secured 6 months prior to departure.

Not Included:

Transportation to and from Yosemite

Personal Backpacking Gear (see Gear List below; rentals available)

Lunches (although a Trail Snack Bag is provided)

Park Entrance Fees

Insurance of any kind

Guide Gratuities