This trail climbs steeply from the Budd Creek trailhead. The high elevation quickly had Joy and I gasping for breath, we started the morning at sea level. The majority of this trail is located on the JMT.
Because of the late snow-melt this area has a strong mosquito population.
The approach to Lower
Lakes passes through a meadow. The Tuolumne river running through
this meadow is home to numerous trout.
Snow along trail in July of 1998
Trout along bank of Tuolumne running through meadow
near Lower Cathedral Lake
Acclimate - This trip is at very high elevation. If possible, acclimate. Otherwise bring plenty of Advil.
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996. High Sierra Hiking Guide Tuolumne Meadows. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 40 (day hike #5).
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