Poopenaut Valley Trailhead

A brown and white road-side sign reads Poopenaut Valley and has an hiker icon. Trees and a steep valley can be seen in the distance.

Quick Facts

Animal-Safe Food Storage, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

Enjoy the wildflowers in spring as you hike down to the Tuolumne River in Poopenaut Valley.

Poopenaut Valley (strenuous)
2.5 miles (4 km) round-trip; 3 to 4 hours
1,229 feet (375 m) elevation gain

Visit the Hetch Hetchy Entrance to get more information about hikes in this area.

Year-round, however, winter weather conditions may cause road closures. Call 209-372-0200 for the latest road and weather conditions. The road is currently open only from 8 am to 5 pm.

There is no access to Hetch Hetchy trailheads by car when road is closed.

Getting Here:
Begin at a signed trailhead along the Hetch Hetchy road, four miles past the Hetch Hetchy Entrance Station. The Hetch Hetchy Road begins just outside the park on Highway 120, near the Big Oak Flat Entrance.

Rules & Regulations:
Stay on established trails
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails
Pack out what you pack in.
Overnight backpackers need a wilderness permit, which can be obtained at the Hetch Hetchy Entrance until 5pm, at no cost.
Bear canisters are required for wilderness food storage for overnight hikers.
Bears and other wildlife can be present on trails at any time of the day or night. Feeding and approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal! Be sure to properly store your food.

Hazards & Warnings:
Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water.
Carry sunscreen and watch for rattlesnakes and poison oak.
Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions.

This trail is not accessible.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: April 5, 2024