Backpack to Glen Aulin: Waterwheel Falls

Backpack to Glen Aulin: Waterwheel Falls

Explore Glen Aulin and Tuolumne Meadows on an expert-led backpack adventure with Yosemite Conservancy.
July 12, 2018 to July 15, 2018

Enjoy the splendor of summer in Yosemite’s high country during this one-of-a-kind backpacking trip with an experienced naturalist guide, Andrea Canapary. 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 13 through 3 pm on July 15 (dependent on the speed of the group), plus an introductory evening meeting (7:30 pm on Thursday, July 12 pm at Tuolumne Meadows Campground).
  • Park entry (as needed).
  • Shared camping before and after the trip (as needed, July 12 and July 15) at Tuolumne Meadows Campground.
  • Bear canister rental (as needed) and wilderness permits.
  • There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass, campsites, or bear canister rental.
  • Note: 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: Previous backpacking experience is preferred, and participants must be physically fit.
Hiking: Moderately challenging; six miles of backpacking each direction
Elevation: Descending from 8,600 feet–7,900 feet, then back up
Registration price: $299
Naturalist Guide: Andrea Canapary
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Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary

Andrea Canapary is passionate about teaching people of all ages to develop appreciation for the natural world. She spent ten summers in the Adirondack Mountains helping connect youth to wilderness, and has since instructed at numerous environmental education centers across California and Oregon. After being assigned to lead a California Conservation Corps (CCC) backcountry trail crew for five months in the Yosemite high country 20 years ago, Andrea fell in love with the region, settling just outside the park to raise her family. She has now spent more than 18 years teaching classes on both the natural and human history of Yosemite to CCC trail crews, and has enjoyed countless adventures in Yosemite’s front and backcountry. She is excited to guide you on a trip that will leave you with some equally incredible memories!