Tuolumne Meadows is a beautiful rolling meadow in Yosemite’s high country with views of majestic granite peaks and domes. At an altitude of 8,575 ft, it is the largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada.
Visiting Tuolumne Meadows
- Tuolumne Meadows is best accessed via the Tioag Road (Highway 120), which is typically open to vehicles from late spring to late fall.
- There are no gas stations along the Tioga Road. Be sure to fill up before making the journey!
Trails Accessible from Tuolumne Meadows
- Glen Aulin Trail – The Glen Aulin trail is marked by wild and wonderful waterfalls for a total of 11 miles roundtrip. It follows the Tuolumne River as it drops into Glen Aulin, passing Tuolumne Fall and the White Cascade. Beyond Glen Aulin are three additional waterfalls: California Fall, LeConte Fall, and Waterwheel Falls.
- Elizabeth Lake Trail – At the base of Unicorn Peak, Elizabeth Lake is a stunning alpine lake just 2.4 miles from the trailhead at Tuolumne Meadows campground (4.8 miles roundtrip). You will not want to miss its glass-like, shimmering water.
What to See on the Tioga Road
- Tenaya Lake – Tenaya Lake is the largest lake in Yosemite National Park – and arguably the most scenic. You can’t miss it when driving the Tioga Road – its shimmering blue waters at the base of massive granite domes is a sight unlike any other. It was named after Chief Tenaya, who fought to protect Yosemite’s indigenous communities.
- Olmstead Point – You may not recognize a certain iconic dome from this vista along the Tioga Road. Olmstead Point looks on Yosemite Valley from the east side – displaying Half Dome from an exciting new angle.