Backpack to Glen Aulin

Yosemite Glen Aulin Trailhead

Added by Alex Souza

Glen Aulin has a backpackers campground with potable water and pit style restrooms. Beautiful White Cascade (Glen Aulin Falls) is just a stones throw from camp, making for a great swimming hole on a hot summer afternoon. Enjoy a sunset over the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. 

A waterfall oasis in the heart of the sierra. The Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp sits along the beautifully winding Tuolumne River. White Cascade an 80ft waterfall sits at the edge of camp and provides an excellent swimming hole at its base. Don't miss the excellent sunsets here. A few nearby granite promenades serve as great viewing points down the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.

Nearby Waterwheel Falls makes a great day trip from camp. A 6 mile round trip hike down the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River will get you there with plenty of waterfalls and prime swimming holes along the way.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Bear Canister
  • Photo Gear
  • Backpacking Essentials
  • Hammock
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Fishing, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

13 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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3 months ago

Water, water everywhere!

I'm a fan of Glen Aulin because it has abundant water year-round. The backpacker's camp makes backpacking much easier for beginners (potable water, composting toilet, bear lockers, etc.). If you have a bear canister and want to continue past Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, camping near California Falls or Waterwheel Falls along the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne is beautiful.

3 months ago

5 months ago

Also a Great Day hike

Just finished this trip as a day hike from Tuolumne Meadows. Pool at the base of White Cascade is So cold but refreshing after the hike down. Highly recommend this as another great day destination out of Tuolumne Meadows.

5 months ago

7 months ago

Great first backpacking trip

I did my first backpacking trip on this trail with a group of friends. It was really hot in the summer, but it was super nice to dip in the water for a bit. Lots of mosquitos! Quiet even though it's a popular trail, and it is SO beautiful. Highly recommend this trail.

7 months ago

Added by Alex Souza

Designer | Photographer | Adventurer

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