If you have ever driven down Tioga pass and wondered what is at the bottom of that 3000 foot cliff that hangs below you, I recommend taking the time to check it out. This is just one of the many examples of the scenery you will see. I must have driven up and down the pass nearly a hundred times and never turned on the road that goes up the bottom of the canyon but each time I had driven by I had wondered. As it turns out, it really is stunning down with a beautiful creek filled with waterfalls, aspen and tall evergreen pines. There are a number of amazing campgrounds that rival those in Yosemite National Park just 11 miles on up the road. In fact these may be nicer than the ones up at Tuolumne. I was surprised that most of the campgrounds were closed for the season though the weather was still quite nice and well worthy of camping. In some cases it was quite a walk to the creek but often just leaving the road a few yards took you in to pristine forest lined with gold and yellow aspens hidden cascades and fallen logs that pass over the creek making natural bridges perfect for hiking. This is a great place for fall scenery and an even better place to camp when it's open.
© Darvin Atkeson