Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail

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Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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2.6 km
Elevation
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16 m
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Immerse yourself in the lush plains of Tuolumne Meadows along the Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail. This wonderful nature trail wanders through meadows that expose breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada’s granite peaks that line the horizon.

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Route Description for Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail

The Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail is a lovely adventure in Yosemite that exhibits wonderful views of the granite peaks that adorn the landscape. Along the trail, you will wander through Tuolumne Meadows to the Parsons Memorial Lodge and Soda Springs, a carbonated cold spring bubbling from the terrain. The exposed path delivers epic views, but is also subject to hot conditions, so wear sun protection in the summer months! Additionally, we recommended you park at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center and walk across Tioga Pass Road to the trailhead. Note: the National Park charged an entrance fee; refer to the
NPS website for the season-specific pricing guide.

Setting out from the trailhead, the Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail track northeast through the meadowlands. As you hike, you will be granted lovely views of Lembert Dome in the east as it looms above the lush meadows. Soon the path will pass over Unicorn Creek and Tuolumne River. Admire the picture-perfect river and you will soon be confronted with an intersection. Here, you will hook onto the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, before diverting south along the Lodge Access Trail.

This path will deliver you to Parsons Memorial Lodge and the Soda Springs. Take some time to explore the terrain and revel in the encompassing scenery. When you are ready, retrace your footing along the path all the way back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail Trailhead

The Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail departs from the unmarked trailhead off Tioga Pass Road. Park at the Tuolumne Meadows Visitors Center and walk across Tioga Pass Road to the trailhead.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    June-September

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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