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Glen Aulin High CampYosemite National Park

  • June 28–30
  • August 9–11
  • October 4–6
Trip Overview

Experience the spectacular beauty of the Yosemite backpacking on this beginners route from the famous Tuolumne Valley to the spectacular Waterwheel falls.  We'll stay at the beautiful Glen Aulin High Camp for two nights allowing participants plenty of time for rest and relaxation among high mountain waterfalls, rivers and valleys.  Trails on this route are well maintained and with minimal elevation gain and loss, perfect for those new to backpacking.


Participants will be carrying their own gear, 35 - 45lbs, 5 - 7 miles each day over easy to moderate terrain with minimal elevation drops and gains over well maintained trails. We recommend doing numerous day hikes and training with a 35 - 45lb pack prior to your trip. Individuals should be decent physical condition. A training regime can be supplied, at request. Also, please make sure your hiking boots are broken in before the trip.

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.

Day 1

Meet at Lembert Dome Picnic area in Tuolumne Meadows at 10am (MAP)

Trip orientation and gear discussion

Hike 6 miles on rolling to downhill terrain

Make camp at Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp

Enjoy spectacular views of Tuolumne Meadows

Lunch and dinner provided

Day 2

Moderate day hike 7 miles (no pack) along Tuolumne River to Waterwheel falls and back to camp

Enjoy spectacular views of Tuolumne Meadows

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

Day 3

Break camp

Hike 6 miles on moderate uphill terrain

Return to cars late afternoon / early evening

Breakfast provided

Packing List


Lightweight 2 person, 3-season tent (rentals available)

Backpacking pack - minimum 60L or 3700cu. in. (rentals available)

Lightweight, compressible sleeping bag rated 15 to 25 degrees (rentals available)

Lightweight sleeping pad - inflatable recommended (rentals available)

Headlamp (with fresh batteries)

Bowl, Cup, Spork

Sturdy hiking boots that are broken in

3L Water Bladder and 1L Bottle

SunscreenSun hat, Sunglasses

Hiking pants/shorts, lightweight, quick dry

Wool or synthetic hiking specific socks, liner socks

Waterproof rain gear (Rain jacket + pack cover recommended, poncho at minimum)

Seasonally: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves

Optional (but recommended):


Insect Repellant

Trekking poles

Ear plugs

Small pack towel


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

Do NOT bring:


Full wallet

Full set of keys (especially rental sets)

Full sized toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc. 

$ 545 per person


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Meals (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free available)

Group cooking gear

Bear canisters

Water filtration systems

Group first aid kit

Wilderness Permits

Expert certified guides 

Not Included:

Transportation to and from the park

Park entrance fees

Personal backpacking gear (see list below: all rentable at Sports Basement)

Trip Insurance