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Glen Aulin family hike

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Glen Aulin family hike

Postby balzaccom » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:40 am

We wanted to do a short backpacking trip in Yosemite with our daughter, and we were lucky enough to get a walk-up permit for a pass-though to Glen Aulin. We knew this route, since we'd hiked in last year, and it met all of our criteria: some nice views, lovely walking along a river, the opportunity for some real solitude, and easy enough that we could do the hike and still get back home to Napa on our way out.

And did we mention that permits were available?

Off we went.

The trail along the Tuolumne River is full of deep pools, cascades, and spectacular waterfalls. We enjoyed every minute of it. And once we got to Glen Aulin, we were happy to top up our water bottles at the backpackers campground there, and continue up Conness Canyon until we were well beyond the reach of the rest of the hikers.

We pressed on past the narrow gorge or Conness Creek, and then found a quiet spot up on a shelf above the creek. It was very peaceful, and well-hidden from the trace of a use-trail that follows the creek at this point, and it made a perfect camping spot for our little group.

A quiet afternoon, with naps and cups of tea, followed the hike. I fished a bit, while the two ladies went wading in the creek.

After a luxurious five course dinner (soup, couscous with paneer, lentils and rice with Indian spice, dried fruit, a couple of dessert energy bars, and a sip of brandy apiece, we finally turned in. The skies were cloudy, but we only got a light rain, and that came after we were already bedded down in the tent.

The next morning we packed up, packed out, and were at the car in time to eat lunch in Groveland. Of course, our daughter hiked effortlessly ahead of us for most of the hike. Youth makes a difference. But next time, she gets the heavy pack.

And book another great hike in the family album.
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Re: Glen Aulin family hike

Postby balzaccom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:55 am

OK--thanks to my clever daughter, I think I have a hack here that will allow you to see the photos:

https://goo.gl/photos/gWua8o8x8gd2eAJi6
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Re: Glen Aulin family hike

Postby Grzldvt » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:01 pm

This is always a great trip. A couple of us do it every June, when the road is open
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Re: Glen Aulin family hike

Postby janky » Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:51 pm

Thanks for the post. Curious, how was the fishing? Where did you start your trip with your daughter, which trailhead? And how long was the loop in total? I'm starting the research now for my next trip next summer with my two boys :)
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Re: Glen Aulin family hike

Postby balzaccom » Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:12 pm

WE took the use trail from Pothole Dome. Total miles were about ten to Glen Aulin and back...and then we went up Conness Creek for a bit past that.

fishing was fine but the fish were small in Conness Creek. I didn't fish the Tuolumne, where I am sure the fish are larger.
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