South Tufa Vista Trail
ElevationAscent: 19' 6 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 6,406' 1,952 m
Low: 6,386' 1,946 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“A short walk into another planet, to the salt lake between the tufa towers.”— David Montero
Family Friendly The signs by the track offer a nice opportunity to explain basic science to kids who can touch or taste the salt water, watch the birds struggling to swim and walk between the alkali flies.
Please don't touch the tufa and by no means climb on them, they are very fragile, an Instagram moment is not worth ruining hundreds of years of nature's work, especially as this natural wonder will be ruined for everyone who follows after.
There's an admission fee of $3 for everyone in your party older than 15, and the Yosemite pass doesn't work here. There won't be anyone at the entrance booth to take your money though, you're supposed to deposit it in one of the pink payment envelopes found there and then tear off the proof-of-payment stub and hang it from your car's rear-view mirror.
National park passes (officially known as "interagency passes") and senior passes are accepted - leave the pass on your dashboard before you start the hike to avoid getting ticketed.
Though short, you'll leave this route with a feeling of wonder, so take your time to enjoy the sights and to take plenty of photos.
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Land Manager: USFS - Inyo National Forest Office