Highway 120 is the path for the explorer. Behold the beauty of Yosemite National Park’s less explored Tuolumne Meadows and mountain peaks along Tioga Pass, Highway 120. From the adrenaline rush of whitewater rafting to hiking through ancient sequoias, Highway 120 is there for you, if you are up for the adventure.
Starting just east of the Tioga Pass entrance station to Yosemite, make a stop at the spectacular look out for, Mount Dana then continue to iconic Yosemite National Park (advance reservations required for all vehicles to enter the park, go to recreation.gov).
After crossing into the park keep trekking, taking time to explore the secluded part of Yosemite, Tuolumne Meadows. Stretch those road trip legs with a leisurely walk through the expansive meadow. Go from meadows to ancient giants with a stop at the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. These sequoias are the third longest-living tree specimen, dating back thousands of years.
Depart the park and get ready for a good night sleep in the town of Groveland. Choose from a luxury hotel like Rush Creek Lodge, a historic hotel like the Groveland Hotel, or a quaint bed and breakfast like Berkshire Inn. In the morning grab a healthy breakfast from Mountain Sage Coffee and Nursery and head out on a whitewater excursion on the Tuolumne River or if you are an avid angler, book one of ECHO Adventure Cooperative’s fishing excursions. Groveland is also home to new mountain biking trails from Groveland Trail Heads if that gets your gears moving.
The last leg of Highway 120 will land in the town of Chinese Camp and the trails of Red Hills. Head out onto one of the hiking routes to see more of the foothills natural beauty which is filled with wildflowers in the spring.