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Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking Resupply: John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails | High Sierra Backpacker

Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking Resupply: John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 August 2010

Basic Backpacker Resources and Resupply Information 
Tuolumne Meadows

See the
Tuolumne Meadows Resupply Page
on the trail guide.



Tuolumne Meadows
Post Office Information



Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows
Trail Guide Index



Tuolumne Meadows


Tuolumne Meadows


The Setup

The Tuolumne Meadows Post Office seems to have three major roles. The Tuolumne Post Office sends out postcards from tourists, car campers, and backpackers, keeps the Park Staff and Trail Crews in touch with their families and friends, and resupplies backpackers on the long trails through the Sierra Nevada. 

We are concerned with the third role, of resupplying long distance backpackers.


I strongly suggest using a plastic food bucket or other rodent-proof container to ship your resupply to all of the resupply points, not just Tuolumne Meadows.

I will have to consult my records for the exact dates, but a 16 day series of afternoon thunderstorms flooded Tuolumne Meadows during 2002 (?). These storms were a delight to hike through, but arriving at Tuolumne Meadows revealed lots of damage.

Great granite boulders had been rolled onto Hwy 120 by flood waters, and the sewage system was knocked out. Things were a mess with the human infrastructure. One of the side effects of the water was to displace all the mice that live in Tuolumne Meadows.

The displaced mice headed for high ground, and the Post Office was between them and high ground. The mice discovered a treasure trove of backpacker food in cardboard boxes, ate everything that they could, and ruined the rest.

Though neither the water nor the mice could get to my resupply through the plastic bucket I packed it in at least half of the backpackers expecting to pick up a resupply were disappointed by their ruined packages. Don't be one of those people.

Pack your resupply in a water and varmint proof plastic bucket.


Tuolumne Meadows Post Office
14000 Highway 120 E
Yosemite National Park,
CA 95389-9906


"Hiker's First & Last Name"
General Delivery
Tuolumne Meadows Post Office
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Current Phone Number: 209-372-8236

Other Resources

A very well stocked store for backpackers.

A crappy corporate cafe.


Great Folks Working in TM:

The TM Staff

Note: Don't be a jackass to the staff. These folks don't get paid a lot, they work like dogs, and they take endless BS from an endless flow of rude tourists. Don't give them a hard time: Be Nice.

Being a backpacker does not make you better or more important than anyone else. The Tuolumne Meadows staff has seen thousands of backpackers each year for a lot of years. What makes you special is your character and attitude.

Good manners and a friendly approach will make everyone's experience better. 

Slices of Life at Tuolumne Meadows Store

Tuolumne Meadows Store in 2010

Tuolumne Meadows in 2013

Tuolumne Meadows in 2016


On the Road

Tuolumne Meadows is located on Highway 120.
(see road map on the bottom of this page)


On the Trail

Tuolumne Meadows Backpacking
on the
Sonora Pass to Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows is located 181 miles South of Lake Tahoe on the Tahoe to Yosemite Route out of Meeks Bay.

Tuolumne Meadows is located 150 miles South of Echo Summit, 114 miles South of Ebbetts Pass, and 75 miles South of Sonora Pass, all on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Northbound PCT hikers will likely plan and pack their resupply to get them 75 miles North to their next resupply point at Kennedy Meadows Pack Station.

Tuolumne Meadows Hiking
on the

Southbound hikers must plan for the specifics of their trip. If you plan on resupplying at Reds Meadow or Mammoth Lakes you only need 1 to 3 nights of food, depending on your pace.

If you are planning to hike South to Vermilion Valley Resort for your next resupply, skipping Mammoth & Reds, 4 to 6 nights of food will be required.

At the furthest extreme backpackers planning to hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Muir Ranch for their next resupply will need to pack 5 to 8 nights of food. 

This page, as well as this website, are under construction. Come back and watch the progress. If you need help with issues not finished on this website, feel free to contact me.


Have you comments, questions, experiences, or advice about resupplying at Tuolumne Meadows? Well, then post them through the comments link below...

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