The Glen Aulin day hike is long and arduous, but takes you to several waterfalls along the Tuolumne river. This hike has everything. Deer grazing and marmots sunning on rocks can be seen on a regular basis. There’s a lot to see, so get an early start. The trail starts by Soda Springs. Try out the slightly carbonated and mineral rich water. Further along you’ll climb about 800 feet along open ledges on the river. The trail switches along the noisy river, plunges into a forest, and meanders across a meadow.
Frequently the forest gives way to open rocky surfaces with cairns guiding the way.
The most notable waterfalls begin about 1.5 miles into the hike and range from long ribbons to 50-foot-long masses of white water. The trail descends through a canyon to reach the Glen Aulin Camp. You’ll see LeConte Falls on your left beyond a few campsites. It cascades in broad, thin sheets of water, some stretching 30 feet wide as they flow down steeply sloping ledges along the river.
- Highlights: Great hike along the meandering Tuolumne River
- Near: Yosemite, CA
- Distance: 12 miles
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 ft
- Hike Time: 6 hours
- Difficulty: 7/10
- Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: Yes
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- Rating: 5/5
Getting to the Trailhead:
From Yosemite East Entrance: Travel along main road to Soda Springs parking lot. Trailhead is at the far end of the parking lot.
Trail Detail Map