This hike joins the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails in the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park. The journey heads south for 29 miles to Agnew Meadows near Mammoth Lakes. With virtually everything you want in a hike, this route has it. The views alone from the trail would rank this as a top scenic hike. Add two fantastic large alpine lakes, tons of wildflowers, lots of fishing options, a surprising number of waterfalls and you have a truly epic hiking experience.
This popular route is ranked among the top ten treks in the Sierras.
To start your journey, park your car at the Agnew meadows trail head and take the shuttle out of the valley to the Main Lodge. From there take the Mammoth Shuttle to the Mammoth Lakes Town. Once there board the YARTS bus and ride to the Tuolemne Meadows trail head by the General Store in Yosemite.
The first day on the trail is a gentle climb up Lyell Canyon along the banks of Lyell Creek. At the end of the creek you will camp for the night. The second day is spent climbing out of the valley and over Donohue Pass at the southeast border of Yosemite National Park. To the south, the JMT enters the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area. The second night you will find a some excellent camping at Thousand Island Lake. On your third day hike through forest and by several lakes until you reach the Agnew Meadows trail head.
- Highlights: Wildflowers, Sweeping vistas, Waterfalls, Alpine lakes, Fishing, Lots of camping options
- Near: Mammoth Lakes, CA
- Distance: 29 miles one way
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 3000 ft
- Hike Time: 3 days
- Difficulty: 8/10
- Trail Condition: well maintained trail
- Best Season: Late Spring, Summer, Fall
- Wilderness Permits: Recreation.gov
- Mammoth Lakes Ranger Station: >>CLICK HERE<<
- YARTS bus from Mammoth Lakes: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Mammoth Lakes shuttle to Main Lodge: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Agnew Meadows to Main Lodge shuttle: >>CLICK HERE<<
- GPX File Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
- Dog Friendly: No
- Kid Friendly: Yes
Getting to Trail head:
From Mammoth Lakes: Minaret Rd. (right) to Agnew Meadows Rd. (right) to trail head.