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“The hikes in this area are pretty good” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows
East Highway 120, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
209 372 0263
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Owner description: A good place for hiking to get away from the crowds.
St Helens, United Kingdom
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“The hikes in this area are pretty good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Tuolumne Meadows are peaceful and there is a good visitor centre here. However to be told by a Ranger that " the season's over that is why the cafeteria and shop are shut" was both ignorant and unnecessary.

Visited September 2013
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“more than magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

There are a great many things to see in amazing Yosemite and Tuolumne Meadows is certainly one of them. Take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, look around you, and experience the majesty of giants. Just be. Be amongst the largest living beings on Earth, so gigantically wide and also shooting so high toward the sky. Touch the soft, almost furry bark of these super trees. Hug one and, in its own way, it'll hug you back. Although you may see some giant pine cones in the area, these giant redwood trees don't come from these giant cones. Look for the little rounded cones and then recognize the awesomeness of such hugeness coming from such smallness.Recognize your place in the world. Again, consciously, take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, look around you, and experience the majesty of these silent giants. Just be. You will have a spiritual experience like no other.

Visited July 2013
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Harriman, TN
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“Refreshing.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Wildflowers, laid back, easy going atmosphere. We had picnic here and it was like I imagine a little slice of heaven.

Visited August 2013
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Cerritos, California
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“Perfect timing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

If coming from the far reaches of West Yosemite and only have one day in Tuolumne Meadows, this itinerary might be a good fit for a tight schedule. Pack lunch and hit the road early. By doing so there's a good chance you'll see some wildlife i.e. bear, deer, coyote...a nice surprise!

With many scenic turnouts, the drive will take time, but do stop for the views! Drop by the Tuolumne Visitor Center for info and maps of the area. Recommend the hike to Lembert Dome, snacks and souvenirs at the general store, and a stop at Olmsted Point on return trip.

With Rim Fire smoke clearly visible from the road, we were nervous, but relieved CA Hwy 120 was still open. The next day, heavy smoke closed the road in both directions....call it perfect timing!

Visited August 2013
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Augusta, Georgia
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“Worth the Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We were lucky that the Tioga Pass road, which had been closed during the Rim Fire, re-opened on the day we arrived in the Park. Although we stayed in Yosemite Valley, we drove to Tuolumne Meadows one day and were not disappointed. Be sure to stop at Olmstead Point for an interested view of the "other side" of Half Dome and some great views of the alpine region. For a great view of the meadow, stop at the Pothole Dome parking area and take the short walk up the dome. It's the best view of the meadow and meandering creek you can get with minimal effort. The terrain is so different from Yosemite Valley that you should definitely make the effort if you have the time.

Visited September 2013
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