Backpack to Glen Aulin and Waterwheel Falls

Backpack to Glen Aulin and Waterwheel Falls

Photo by Matt McIvor. Explore Glen Aulin and Tuolumne Meadows on an expert-led backpack adventure with Yosemite Conservancy.
We regret to cancel this program due to unsafe trail conditions and creek crossings.  Please check out our Casual Backpack: North Dome & Indian Rock August 16-19 as another option.
July 11, 2019

This program has been cancelled.

Enjoy the splendor of summer in Yosemite’s high country during this one-of-a-kind backpacking trip with an experienced naturalist guide. Start with a Friday hike along the edge of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River to Glen Aulin, your home for the next two nights. Spend Saturday relaxing by the river or hiking to nearby Waterwheel Fall, then head out on Sunday on the same trail. Throughout the weekend, learn about the flora and fauna that make their home in the high country, and enjoy the dramatic scenery in this beautiful corner of the park.

Included with your registration:

  • Three full days of guided backpacking from Tuolumne Meadows. Start at 8:30 am on July 12 through 3 pm on July 14 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, July 11, at Tuolumne Meadows Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Camping included, if needed; limited sites are shared among all the participants (reservations are for July 11 and July 14) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground. We cannot adjust these dates.
  • Bear-canister rental (as needed) and Wilderness permits.

Note: There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites, bear-canister rental or Wilderness permits. Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.

Experience Level: Intermediate. Participants must be physically fit, and previous backpacking experience is preferred.
Hiking: Moderate–challenging. 12 miles round-trip.
Elevation Range: 8,600 feet–7,900 feet.
Registration Price: $299
View a suggested packing list.
Dick Ewart, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Dick Ewart

Dick Ewart a veteran hiker and skier, has been a ranger-naturalist in Yosemite for over thirty years. He has hiked most of the park’s 800 miles of trails. His BA degree in biol­ogy is from the University of New Hampshire and his New England accent is as strong as ever. Dick spends his summers presenting naturalist programs at Glacier Point, and his winters leading snowshoe hikes at the Badger Pass Ski Area.