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Tuolumne Meadows free

East Highway 120 | Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 | Official website
Tuolumne Meadows Photo info
  • Type: Hiking
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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In the east section of the park you'll find Tuolumne Meadows, known for its flat grassland, winding river and excellent rock climbing opportunities. It's also recognized for being one of the Sierra Nevada's largest high-elevation meadows (at 8,600 feet). The area lacks the daunting rock walls of the park's main area and instead features short- to medium-range climbing and hiking routes that are refreshingly devoid of heavy crowds. And with that, the meadows attract a cross-section of travelers, from serious rock climbers to families seeking an alternative place to explore.

If you're afraid you're missing out on the best Yosemite scenery, don't fret. According to travelers, Tuolumne Meadows is a peaceful paradise, complete with greenery, babbling streams and plenty of photo ops.

The park's free shuttle service transports visitors to othe meadows typically from mid-June through mid-September. For more information, including details on day hikes, visit the Tuolumne Meadows section of the National Park Service's guide to Yosemite.

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