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Termini comparisons

Waterwheel Falls. The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne has countless slides, drops, and pools, and more swimming holes than there are summer days.

The core of the Yosemite High Route spans 95 miles between:

  • Grace Meadow in upper Falls Creek and Jack Main Canyon, near the northern park boundary; and
  • Quartzite Peak, at the tip of the Clark Range.

Between these two points, expect world-class scenery, engaging navigation, notable (but not contrived) physical challenge, and untrammeled wilderness. Before and after, expect something less, at least on average.

To reach Grace Meadow, there are eight distinct routes. To reach Quartzite Peak, there are four. No route is clearly the best — each has merits, but none are without flaws.

The Yosemite High Route Guide includes permit instructions, route descriptions, datasheets, and topographic maps for all twelve potential termini. You are encouraged to select the entry and exit points that best suit your interests, timeline, or resources.

The table below compares mileage and vertical for the termini options. For better viewing, open it in a new window.

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