Waterwheel Falls Hike in Yosemite National Park
Amie, Alex, Josh, and I tackled the 7.5 mile Waterwheel Falls hike during our recent Glen Aulin backpacking trip.
A ranger at the backpackers’ campground let us know we should keep our expectations in check for Waterwheel Falls (the water levels are low in late summer when there isn’t a good snowpack earlier in the year), but encouraged us to go on the six mile hike because everywhere in Yosemite is beautiful.
After a great breakfast, we packed snacks and lunch and headed out. The trail took us from the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp, over a great spot to watch the sunset, and down into the canyon. Josh navigated us from the Glen Aulin backpackers’ campground into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.
We checked out out California Falls and LeConte Falls and took a ton of photos as we slowly made our way to Waterwheel Falls.
I wanted to start heading back to camp before a thunderstorm started, so Alex and I did not make it all the way to Waterwheel Falls. To learn more about the actual hike, read Josh’s Hiking to the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne & Waterwheel Falls in Yosemite National Park.
Tip: Bring tea bags on your next adventure.
Tea bags weigh next to nothing and it’s nice to have something warm in your system after a long day. The bonus was having tea after getting caught in the thunderstorm! I brewed ginger tea for Amie and I to warm up after getting caught in the thunderstorm. Alex and I also split a hot chocolate. Hot chocolate packets weigh more than tea bags, but if you need to add some calories to you day, I say it’s worth the weight!