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Alder Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 4,000 Feet (1246.9 Meters) Pioneer Yosemite
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 2,500 Feet (779.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 6,500 Feet (2026.2 Meters) Deer Camp
Length, One-way: 8.25 Miles (13.75 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 206 Yosemite National Park
Recommended Season: Summer
Usage: Moderate
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The Alder Creek Trail leads northward from North Wawona and ends at Deer Camp. It forms the western portion of the Wawona Loop that can be accessed from Glacier Point Road or Wawona Road. The trail provides access to Alder Fall, a little-visited 100-foot cascade.

This trail can be accessed from the Wawona District Office or the Pioneer Yosemite History Center in Wawona. It leads north from the access road to North Wawona. The route begins by climbing steadily from 4,000 feet. In the first mile it climbs 600 feet then turns westward.

The trail circles the base of Turner Ridge, which reaches heights of 6,800 feet. About a half mile west of the trail is Wawona Road. The route leads northward between these two features continuing to gain elevation. Nearly three miles north of the trailhead is a junction at 5,400 feet. The left fork descends steeply to Wawona Road and a small turn out for parking. The right fork

Directions from South Entrance: Drive north on Highway 41 to Wawona, 7.5 miles. Turn right toward the Wawona District Office. The trailhead lies immediately east of the ranger office.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-June through October (NOTE: The trail may be snow covered in the Early Summer and Fall.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sparky Harlan (San Jose, CA)
Time of Day: afternoon
Length of Time: 5 hours with stops
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Trail starts off climbing through old forest fire scarred hill. Gnats were heavy and quite annoying for first couple of miles. The waterfall was low late in the season but trail has some great views.
Conditions: Mostly shady but some sun above waterfall. Did not pass anyone but did see three young bears at 3 different locations. Lots of bear scat on trail.
Water Availability: Took 2 liters which was plenty. Most creeks dry except for Alder Creek which was mossy.
Recommended Clothing: Temperature around 75 to 70 at Deer Camp. Crossing Alder Creek at trailhead to Breidlevale Creek Camp/deer Camp required some scrambling over logs and willows.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Pioneer Yosemite History Center
ICON Backpacking Alder Creek Trail-overnight camping with wilderness permit
ICON Dispersed Camping Alder Creek Trail- with wilderness permit
ICON Fishing Alder Creek Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Alder Creek Trail
ICON Plant Identification Alder Creek Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Alder Creek Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Alder Creek Trail

Related Activities
Bridalveil Falls Trail - The trail to Bridalveil Falls is short, paved and easy. It is usually crowded.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577 , Yosemite, CA, 95389, Phone: 209-372-0200, Fax: 209-372-0220, TTY: 209-372-4726


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