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Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

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Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Hi all

stopping overnight in lee vining then driving over the Tioga Pass down to the valley where we have 2 nights booked at the Yosemite Lodge at the falls. Doing this mid september this year.

Any tips for easy hikes whilst travelling through Tuolumne Meadows. We are both in our early 60s and dont want anything strenous or more than an hour or 2 hike. Also a little concerned about the altitude, and the possibilitiy of alt sickness, however having said that we want to get the most out of our trip.

Planning to hire bikes on our day in the valley. Good idea? or are there better things to do?

After the valley floor, travelling to Oakhurst for another night stop. What do you experts recommend for that day>?

Lastly been trying to find out when the free Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle bus stops running this year, does anyone know?

Thanks

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1. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

1. Soda Springs / Parson's Lodge is the beginning of the Glen Aulin trail and is relatively flat, with many nice vistas. You can stop and turn around any time you wish.

2. Dog Lake is a mild uphill, not too long hike

3. Lembert Dome is a little scramble up to see a nice vista.

4. The trail to Twin Bridges from the parking lot at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is short but pretty

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2. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Almost all choices from Tuolumne Meadows require an altitude gain and loss of several hundred feet at a minimum. I agree with Soda Springs/Parsons, totally flat from the TM parking areas and very nice views through the big meadow and of the mountains all around.

Given your self-descriptions I think you might find Dog Lake a bit strenuous but doable, although it doesn't offer the best views (nice views from the western end of the lake, where the trail comes in, of Mt Dana and Gibbs reflecting in the water, but no other mountain views).

I would suggest Pothole Dome over Lembert Dome, the former being only about one-third the height above TM than the latter. Lembert has great views, but it's about 900 ft elevation gain/loss and pretty steep in places, Pothole only 250-300.

Elizabeth Lake is beautiful, but that would take at least an hour each way (plus time at the lake) and involve about 800 ft altitude gain and then loss. Nearly all other choices (such as Cathedral Lakes, Glen Aulin and back) would require even longer distances and greater altitude changes.

Lyell Canyon is relatively flat, the scenery is nice but doesn't change much in the first few miles.

You might also consider stopping at Tenaya Lake and walking around the shore, which is flat, very pretty.

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3. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Tenaya Lake and Pothole Dome are probably your best bets. Spectacular views on both and not too much distance nor altitude gain. And riding bikes in the valley is amazing. Absolutely no better way than that to see the Yosemite Valley.

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4. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

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yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/…tenaya-lake.htm

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5. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Yes, I meant Pothole Dome, not Lembert Dome. I was just picturing the Soda Springs/Glen Aulin trailhead which is right under Lembert Dome.

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6. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Pothole Dome. It may look daunting from the road but as you pass around to the right it gets much less steep and you can go up diagonally to make it even less so. (Think of it as an egg sliced in half the long way; the fat end is towards the road.) All you need are shoes with grip. Then you come down the less steep end and meet the Tuolomne River with a small waterfall and swirling cascade. Walk back around the east edge of the dome along the border of the meadow, looking for deer. Tenaya Lake is also good. I prefer the views from the western end but its worth disembarking at both ends to compare.

Also stop at Dana Meadows just inside the eastern gate to admire the views.

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7. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Oh yeah, Dana Meadows is spectacular. Make sure to drive out to Ellery Lake just east of Dana Meadows too. What a view looking to the plateau.

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8. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Thanks soo much for your advice & tips. Think will do Pothole, Tenya lake & soda springs.

Any more ideas are welcome.

Thanks

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9. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

Stop at Olmstead Point and walk along the trail for 10-20 minutes to an outstanding overlook.

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10. Re: Tuolumne Meadows easy hikes

The little hike to the more open vista at Olmstead Point is no more than 5 minutes

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