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Glen Aulin Beginner Trip

Yosemite National Park

Join us on this moderate but breathtaking route through Tuolumne Meadows. We’ll enjoy alpine streams, Waterwheel falls, and amazing views of Cathedral Peak with minimal climbs and descents. This route is perfect for the first time backpacker looking for a great introduction to backpacking in Yosemite.

  • September 21–23
  • September 28–30

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.


What's included:
  • Breakfast and Dinner Meals (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free available)
  • Group cooking gear, bear canisters, water filtration systems
  • Group first aid kit
  • Wilderness Permits
  • Expert guides 

What's not included:

    MODERATE 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.


    Day 1

    • Meet at Lembert Dome Picnic area in Tuolumne Meadows at 11am (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 along Tuolumne River to Waterwheel falls and back to camp
    • Enjoy spectacular views of Tuolumne Meadows
    • Lunch and Dinner provided
      Day 3 
      • Break camp
      • Hike 6 miles on moderate uphill terrain
      • Return to cars late afternoon / early evening
      • Breakfast provided

        Note on 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.


        You bring:

        Optional (but recommended) gear:

        Do NOT bring:

        • Soap
        • Full wallet and set of keys (especially rental sets)
        • Full sized toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen, etc.