A moderate Tuolumne climb
— By Matt Johanson
Area: Tuolumne Meadows
Distance: 17 miles round trip
Difficulty: Class 3; moderate to strenuous
Parking and Trailhead: Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, 8,680 feet
Summit Elevation: 11,974 feet
Best Season: June through October
Permits: None needed for day use but required for overnight travel; visit Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center
Overview: This adventure starts on the John Muir Trail through Lyell Canyon. The trip becomes more challenging where hikers go off-trail to traverse the west ridge of Potter Point, gradually climbing to the notch beneath Amelia Earhart Peak. There is no maintained or visible trail for the final two miles where the ascent requires scrambling and route-finding skills but the climb is fairly straightforward.
Climbing the climb:
Climb high into the mountain air at Amelia Earhart Peak but navigate carefully to avoid disappearing like the famed aviator.
At the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center, pick …