A true icon of the High Sierra, Tuolumne Meadows is a stunning, must-see destination for park visitors. Located at an altitude of 8,600 feet above sea level and enclosed by towering western white pine, mountain hemlock, and lodgepole pine, Tuolumne Meadows is the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada. Located along scenic Tioga Road, Tuolumne Meadows is surrounded by majestic peaks and domes, allowing visitors breathtaking views of sheer granite cliffs, waterfalls, deep valleys, ancient grand sequoias, and the vast California wilderness. Park guests who plan their visit in the late spring or summer will also be treated to a wide range of wildflowers blanketing the landscape in a wash of vibrant color. Horseback riding is a fun, memorable way to experience Tuolumne Meadows. Offering two-hour, half-day, or full-day trail rides, Tuolumne Meadows Stables guide riders to a number of scenic spots, including Tuolumne View on Young Lake Peaks, Twin Bridges just above the falls, and more. Tuolumne Meadows is an excellent destination for hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and fishing. It tends to be less crowded than Yosemite Valley, and unlike the large, steep walls of the valley, Tuolumne is made up of short to medium rock-climbing routes on 11 major domes, including Stately Pleasure Dome, Polly Dome, Daff Dome, Pothole Dome, Lembert Dome, and Fairview Dome. The peaks of nearby Cathedral Range are also considered part of the climbing area. As Tuolumne Meadows is at a higher elevation, peak rock-climbing season runs from about June through September. Plan your trip to Yosemite and discover nature at its most pristine.