I recently returned from a trip through the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in the Yosemite Wilderness. This is my second trip to the Tuolumne for the Seven Rivers Project. This was quite a different experience of the river from Hecth Hetchy Valley, which began my Tuolumne River exploration.
Wenxin Zhang a close friend and artist joined me on the adventure. We backpacked for four days along the river. Though the mountains saw little snow this winter, the river was roaring. This section of the Tuolumne is miles of continuous waterfalls. The power of the river though the canyon is overwhelming both spiritually and physically.
We met writer, Tony Krizan, at White Cascade Falls where we setup camp at the High Sierra Campsite of Glen Aulin. He wrote of the trip and our bear encounter in the Sierra Star. Please follow this link to read his article.
I look forward to my next trip to the Tuolumne. Its been amazing to follow this river from the O’Shaughnessy Dam through Hetch Hetchy Valley and now though the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. The water’s freedom to run through the canyon is powerful to witness. It is rarity today to experience miles of undammed river. My next trip will again see this water harnessed by man but I will always carry these images of the mighty Tuolumne through the Grand Canyon.
Please check out more photographs from the Tuolumne River on my website under the Seven Rivers section.