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Mount Lyell Summit Itinerary
Yosemite National Park



Day 1
We meet at 9:00 am at the Tuolumne Meadows store. After a quick pack check, we begin our hike up the spectacular Lyell Canyon along the John Muir Trail. The 8-9 mile hike takes us along the beautiful Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River to our basecamp at the head of the canyon. The evening is spent enjoying a fine backcountry dinner and resting.


Day 2
After an early start we travel cross-country to the Lyell Glacier, one of Yosemite's largest. We cross the glacier which brings us to a ridge and some rock scrambling that brings us to the summit of Mount Lyell (13,114 ft) Yosemite National Park's highest point. After enjoying the views we descend back to basecamp for more fine backcountry food.

Day 3
After a leisurely breakfast we begin our hike down the Lyell Canyon back to the trailhead at Tuolumne Medows. Usually we arrive at the cars around 3pm.