TUOLUMNE MEADOWS to SONORA PASS: This 65.8-mile section travels the remote regions of Yosemite. Our advice: Pack a good camera (the scenery is five stars), extra sunscreen (it's the High Sierra), and water shoes (swift rivers).
TO TRAILHEAD: From Modesto, CA, take CA 108/120 E to Yosemite Junction. Turn R on CA 120 E (becomes Tioga Pass Rd.). Follow until Tuolumne Meadows. Park in Wilderness Center lot; PCT starts on W of Lembert Dome.
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CA PCT TRACK 031
Points of Interest
Location: 37.876980, -119.353065
From Tioga Pass Rd., head N on gravel road following John Muir Trail/PCT signs. Optional resupply @ General Store to the W.
Location: 37.879101, -119.366852
PCT trailhead sign; here the JMT goes S to Yosemite Valley and the PCT heads to Glen Aulin High Sierra camp. Enjoy the views of Tuolumne Meadows framed by the Cathedral Range while heading northbound
Location: 37.885109, -119.377289
Cross Delaney Creek
Location: 37.888416, -119.380669
Go L @ Young Lakes trail
Location: 37.901501, -119.412453
Multi-section bridge over the roaring Tuolumne River
Location: 37.906418, -119.418251
See the rushing cascades of Tuolumne Falls from here
Location: 37.907902, -119.420700
Go R @ McGee Lake trail junction
Location: 37.909100, -119.420250
Bridge below White Cascade
Location: 37.909584, -119.419853
Bridge going R to Glen Aulin High Sierra camp (don't cross it)
Location: 37.953548, -119.405701
The trail welcomes you into a large meadow in Cold Canyon; in early season mosquitoes can be horrible
Location: 37.995815, -119.378799
Go L @ McCabe Lake trail
Location: 38.004932, -119.377480
Virginia Canyon creek
Location: 38.004917, -119.377449
Virginia Canyon creek; can be a dangerous ford
Location: 38.006550, -119.376732
Virginia Canyon trail; go straight, bearing W
Location: 38.006901, -119.390503
Cross Spiller Creek
Location: 37.993999, -119.418434
N end of Miller Lake
Location: 38.014950, -119.413033
Go L @ Matterhorn Canyon trail
Location: 38.014099, -119.414520
Location: 38.019697, -119.448273
Last ford of Wilson Creek; head up to Benson Pass on well-graded path for fairly easy climb
Location: 38.015148, -119.461197
Location: 38.012165, -119.486618
Location: 38.006020, -119.493077
R @ junction to Rodgers Lake
Location: 38.005496, -119.497583
R @ Pleasant Valley trail junction
Location: 38.022896, -119.520020
Cross Piute Creek with Benson Lake Spur trail going L; Piute Creek can be a deep, wet ford in the spring and early summer even though the current is minimal in this wide river. A visit to the "Benson Riviera," a large sandy beach on Benson Lake's N shore is well worth the detour, but the bugs can be bad in this wet, heavily vegetated area.
Location: 38.039150, -119.526863
Beautiful sparkling pond nestled amongst granite, which should not be passed quickly. It's well protected from the wind, fairly warm and has great diving rocks. Be sure to camp 100 ft. from shore; no fires
Location: 38.044949, -119.522285
Location: 38.044796, -119.572856
Go R @ Kerrick Creek and Bear Valley Trail Junction; Kerrick Creek can be a very dangerous ford.
Location: 38.058854, -119.590881
Location: 38.062901, -119.624382
Go R @ Tiltill Valley trail
Location: 38.064167, -119.623718
L @ Tilden Lake trail
Location: 38.069218, -119.639900
S end Wilman Lake
Location: 38.073467, -119.645897
Falls Canyon Creek crossing; can be dangerous
Location: 38.073849, -119.646500
Straight @ Laurel Lake junction
Location: 38.087799, -119.634003
Straight @ Tilden Lake junction
Location: 38.133701, -119.619530
S end of long and beautiful Grace Meadow
Location: 38.169815, -119.601547
Straight @ Bond Pass trail
Location: 38.176033, -119.594070
Dorothy Lake; exposed camping can be found away from the lake
Location: 38.194733, -119.570847
Cross Cascade Creek and reach the 1,000 mile mark from Mexican Border. This area can be very buggy.
Location: 38.199917, -119.568634
L @ Y with Walker River trail
Location: 38.223934, -119.578568
Straight @ Cinko River trail
Location: 38.225750, -119.576736
L @ Long Lake trail and bridge
Location: 38.253315, -119.597870
Cross creek in Kennedy Canyon
Location: 38.294018, -119.637154
Cross through a notch on E ridge of Leavitt Peak
Location: 38.320212, -119.643624
Potentially dangerous slope if covered in snow; at Sonora Pass, you can hitch W to the northern Kennedy Meadows Resort for food and relaxation or hitch E down to Bridgeport for a town with more services
Location: 38.328191, -119.637380
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