[John Muir Trail] Re: Exact Specifics of where Tolumne Meadow Post Office is to
- To add clarity to the description below, Yosemite's official site has a general map of TM.
What isn't labeled on the map is the backpacker's camping area which is located near the
Dana Campfire Circle.
Hope it helps,
> There's also a free shuttle every 30 mins from where you come out to the
> road - it runs along from Olstead Point to Tuolumne Lodge and back and there
> are stops at the Cathedral Lake trailhead, the Sunrise Trailhead, and the
> east end of Tenaya Lake to the store and campsite area. The burger place
> closes at 5pm, they also do excellent ice cream. And really good cooked
> breakfasts. The store is 7pm or 8pm, I can't recall. There is a small gear
> and climbing store as well, behind the gas station, which is slightly west
> of the store. The store itself sells stuff like socks, hats, first aid
> supplies, deet & sunscreen - they have run out of deet at times due to heavy
> demand. They also have beer, liquor, dehydrated meals, and a few "amateur"
> camping supplies. And fresh food, meat, fruit, milk etc. The gear store
> has some clothing, boots, batteries, poles, etc. There's a big notice board
> for leaving messages outside the store. And the post office is the only one
> in the USA that has a disco ball and a yoda inside!
> The free shuttle also goes from the store to the Tuolumne Lodge where you
> can have a huge cooked meal (expensive). That's where the tent cabins are.
> It's a mile or likely more from the store. Easily walkable, rather heavy
> going sandy rutted path in places, then road. There're showers here but in
> 2008 they restricted them to tent cabin guests only. The wilderness permit
> ranger station is half way between the store and the lodge - shuttle bus
> also stops there. There's another ranger station next to the store where
> they give out campsite reservations. The backpackers' site is free however.
> One way to get from the backpackers' site to the JMT is just to head east
> from the site to the river, then take the trail heading upstream (south),
> and you'll hit the JMT once you get to the footbridges over the river. The
> trail that comes in from the footbridges from the east bank is from Tuolumne
> I camp up there every summer; it's my second home (I wish). Barbara
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> Subject: [John Muir Trail] Re: Exact Specifics of where Tolumne Meadow Post
> Office is to JMT Trail (per Lizzy Wenks book)
> I would say "22.9 Tuolumne Meadows backpackers campground"
> As far as I know the backpackers campground is not anywhere near the
> trail though, so I don't know why it would be listed as a mileage.
> The backpackers camp is off behind the car camp, which is off the
> road. A couple hundred feet down the road (towards YV, not Lambert
> Dome) from the camp entrance is the store/P.O. and grill. The whole
> area is a pretty convoluted mess of trails. The official trail
> crosses the road immediately and weaves through the meadows. Most
> people just hike down the road or the trail next to it until they get
> to the store. I think they've rerouted the OFFICIAL trail here or
> done some other kind of nonsense. You'll have to read the new
> Wilderness Press guidebook and really look at some quality maps to
> even get an idea on it, its just all confusing. Sorry I can't be of
> more help, but once you get there it should all be pretty
> straightforward to just walk down the road for a few miles until you
> hit the store and post office. The post office is just a little
> partition within the store that is only accessible through a little
> counter window from the outside. The store was open pretty late,
> maybe 7 or 8pm but I wouldn't count on the Post Office being open past
> 5pm. Weekends are questionable. You could always give them a call.
> --- In johnmuirtrail@ <mailto:johnmuirtrail%40yahoogroups.com>
> yahoogroups.com, "Roleigh Martin" <roleigh@>
> > Total N-S Mileage Description UTM_NAD83
> > ---------------- ---------------------------------------
> > ----------------------
> > 20.7 Cathedral Lakes Trail Junction 11S 290368E
> > 4194330N
> > 21.6 western merge with alternate route 11S 291408E
> > 4194086N
> > 22.2 Parsons Lodge Junction 11S 291817E
> > 4194970N
> > 22.9 Tuolumne Meadows backpackers campground
> > 22.9 Lembert Dome parking area 11S 293042E
> > 4194785N
> > 24.0 Tuolumne High Sierra Camp junction 11S 294606E
> > 4194623N
> > 24.6 eastern merge with alternate route 11S 294742E
> > 4193824N
> > The above is taken from the Spreadsheet of the JMT GPS
> > that Lizzy Wenks provided our group (see file library for our group)
> > Which one of the above is closest to the Toulumne Meadows Post
> Office. What
> > time does the Toulumne Meadows Post Office close during the day. My
> > understanding is to resupply at Toulumne Meadows, you send your
> cache into
> > the Post Office, correct? Does anyone have any extra information or
> > correction to the above?
> > Thanks!
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