Photographer's Note

Yosemite's High Country, Tuolumne Meadows is a fine 'base camp' for exploring the National Park.
Besides strolling around the Meadows and the Tuolumne River, my favorite hike is the Glen Aulin Trail. It starts just behind the Parsons Lodge, seen in this image.

The Parsons Memorial Lodge was one of the first stone structures built within a national park. It is a memorial to Edward Taylor Parsons, a New Yorker who joined the Sierra Club in 1900, and became the club's director from 1905 to 1914. Parsons was heavily involved in the losing fight to prevent the flooding of Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley by building a dam for a water source for San Francisco. In 1915, the Lodge was built to help safeguard the Tuolumne Meadows and for accessibility to the National Park's land by all people.

The first half of the Glen Aulin Trail is flat and easy, highlighted by a big and gorgeous meadow about 3 miles in. There on, the trail becomes rockier and follows a series of water cascades until it reaches the High Sierra Camp at Glen Aulin.

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