(Tuolumne Falls & White Cascade)
This 13 mile round trip hike to some of the more impressive Falls sites in Yosemite is certainly something that needs to be seen at one point or another. Though not exactly the best sightseeing spot in Yosemite, nor the most popular, it still has some amazing views and, of course, a waterfall at the end, which is always fun to see. What makes this fall even more impressive is the river that leads up to it. Drifting lazily for miles, it is only right at the cliff face that it perks up, cascading down the cliff face in a haze of white water, before it quiets down once more in the cove below it. After that, it riles up again for a raucous trip down a trio of three more waterfalls before falling into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne, an awe inspiring journey that must be seen to be believed.
Though you may not think it, the Glen Aulin trail is actually among the more difficult trails you can attempt. A rocky portion of the trail, combined with intense elevation change (around 600 feet worth) makes this quite the difficult walk. Plus, 8,500 feet elevation is always hard to adjust to, especially if it’s your first day. We give it a 7 out of 10.
This is also a very busy trail, for a multitude of factors. One, of course, is the fact that it starts at Tuolumne Meadows, which is where most people go to begin their journey down the Tioga Trails. Furthermore, there are campgrounds nearby, and it is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Add in the fact that it is an exceedingly pretty hike, and it makes sense that this is one of the more busy trails around.
Hiking Time and Distance
With a 13 mile round trip length, and a 7-10 hour average completion time, this is definitely not considered a short hike. Make sure you prepare, and make sure you know what you are in for before you start hiking.