By X-Mun

From San Jose to Tioga Pass,Yosemite is about 4.5 hours drive, going through HWY 120.

It is best to start off around 5am, pick up MacDonald for breakfast. Ideally, you will reach Tuolumne around 9:30am -10:00am.During summer time, the day is longer. You can take your time to do some short hike. You can stop along the way for some pictures.

STOP for GAS (Reference only) – after 2.5hr

P J’s Cafe‎, 18986 Main Street Groveland, CA 95321

Or you can get gas at Crane Flat, inside Yosemite National Park.


Tuolumne Meadow

Tuolumne Meadows: Soda Springs/Parsons Memorial Lodge 1.5 miles (1 hr)

Begin at Lembert Dome parking area (shuttle stop #4). Walk along the gravel road and pass the locked gate (signed Glen Aulin and Soda Springs). Soda Springs—carbonated, cold water bubbling out of the ground—is protected within a log enclosure. Historic Parsons Memorial Lodge offers exhibits (limited hours— see Yosemite Guide for schedule). A path to the bridge below the lodge continues to the Tuolumne Visitor Center.


Gaylor Lakes 2 miles (2 hrs) – 500-ft. elevation gain

Begin at Tioga Pass Entrance Station This hike offers some of the most spectacular high-country views off of Tioga Road. From the trailhead, climb steadily to a ridge with views of the high Sierra including Mt. Dana and Dana Meadows with its scattered ponds. At the ridge crest, the trail drops 200 feet to Middle Gaylor Lake. Return via the same route.

Tenaya Lake (Break for lunch)

Enjoy the beautiful view of Tenaya Lake. (1.5hr – break)


Hetch Hetchy (Drive from Tenaya Lake is about 1.5 hr)


If you are still having some energy to spare, maybe a short hike around the dam will be nice.

Lookout Point (moderate) 2 miles (3.2 km) round-trip; 1 hour

Begin at Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station. This quick hike takes you to a viewpoint overlooking Hetch Hetchy Valley.


Wapama Falls (moderate) 5 mi (8 km) round-trip; 2 hours

Begin at O’Shaughnessy Dam. This trail takes you to the base of Wapama Falls, passing two smaller waterfalls (during spring) on the way. This is also a good trail for wildflowers in spring. Your trip should end before sunset.



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