Lyell Canyon

California, USA
Lyell Canyon virtual field trip


This virtual field trip provides an opportunity to explore the landscape of Lyell Canyon in Yosemite National Park. It starts at the trailhead in Tuolumne Meadows, and then gradually winds its way through forests, rivers and meadows. The main elevation gains are towards the end, which are accompanied by a transition to exposed bedrock, boulders and classic landforms of glacial erosion.

Fieldwork was undertaken in 2013 as part of a collaboration between the University of Worcester and the University of California, Davis. Support from both institutions is gratefully acknowledged, with special thanks to Ian Maddock, Sarah Yarnell, Nick Santos and Ryan Peek.

Start of Virtual Field Trip

Lyell Canyon Virtual Field Trip


Google Earth file (.kml)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within Google Earth. KML files can also be used in other applications and web services, including SwissTopo.

Spreadsheet (.csv)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within GIS software, such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGis etc. Can also be used in Google Earth.

National Map (USGS)

This excellent online resource is provided free of charge by the United States Geological Survey. View maps and other geospatial data, undertake basic analyses, and download data. The map will momentarily show the full extent of the contiguous USA before zooming-in to Lyell Canyon.
Picture of Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

I'm a Physical Geographer at the University of Worcester (England, UK). Interests include mountain glaciers, mountain geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change. I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality in teaching.

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