Hiking Trails in Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trails in Yosemite National Park

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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    We were happy to ride the shuttle to the Arrival Area. This much better than last year. And the water is turned on at the Arrival Area, so you can refill water bottles if needed.

    The wheelchair accessible Big Trees Loop is not a loop. While much of the area has been fixed after the January 2020 windstorm, there is still a huge tree blocking the trail.

    After viewing the Grizzly Giant & California Tunnel Tree, we continued up the Mariposa Grove Trail, enjoying the named and unnamed trees along the way. We went all the way to Wawona Point where we picnicked and watched local wildlife including a young Golden Eagle. Then we walked down to the Upper Grove for the Guardians Loop Trail. This is my favorite part of Mariposa Grove. I think it’s worth the effort, if folks feel they can hike that distance.

    We headed down some unnamed trails past the Clothespin Tree and on to the Perimeter Trail & the end of the Grizzly Giant Loop.

    Shuttles appeared to be running every 5 to 15 minutes. We had the 15 minute wait.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • AFischer3
    Grandville, MI14 contributions
    I enjoyed this hike, but it is harder for shorter people, as some of the steps are tall. The path was wet, so wear good non-slip shoes. Stop along the way and take photos.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • BT3rd
    Datchet, UK5,804 contributions
    These meadows are a sight as we came down from the mountains on the road to Tioga pass. Very serene and peaceful with lovely views
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • Sally S
    Fort Littleton, PA53 contributions
    Wow, it was crowded but this was my favorite trail. DO NOT GO BACK DOWN THE STEPS! Go up the steps and then past Nevada Falls take the John Muir trail down. There will be less people on the John Muir trail and you'll have magnificent views. The park rangers should make this trail one way. if everyone was headed the same direction you wouldn't have to wait in the narrow parts of the steps. It would be much safer.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • JAH
    Lewisville, NC42 contributions
    If you don't mind a long hike with plenty of elevation change , then this is a trail you must do. Gorgeous views , quite a bit of shade and the reward of getting to the water falls ( Nevada and Vernal ) is hard to beat. DO IT!
    Written 8 July 2021
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  • Ashvp
    San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala50 contributions
    We only spent 1 day in Yosemite Park and this was our first hike. While it's says '4 miles' it is actually closer to 5 miles to get to the summit at Glacier Point, an elevation climb of 3,200 feet.There are other connecting hikes you can do to further extend this, which we didn't have timefor.

    We started at 10.20am, later than we had hoped because the YARTS shuttle bus was very late and took a long time to get to the village. The weather was favourable, cloudy and mild which really helped. We carried 1.5L of water each plus some energy bars.

    There were very few people on this hike so felt like we had the place to ourselves.The road tourists previously used to get straight to the viewpoint at Glacier Point had been closed for resurfacing, which luckily meant very few tourists.

    The climb up is tough but views are absolutely breathtaking. You can see both Yosemite falls, El Capitan and Half dome as you make your way up plus the Reverse Tunnel view. We managed to reach the summit at Glacier point in 1 hour 38mins - which we were ecstatic about after being told 2.5-3.5 hours is the usual time taken to go up. The view from the top is worth the time and effort and a lovely place to sit, eat a picnic lunch and relax. We could have spent hours there but decided to decend back down.

    We descended in 1hr 31mins stopping off at another viewpoint a third of the way down.

    Overall a fantastic experience surrounded by jawdropping scenery!
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Live Happy 123
    19 contributions
    This place is absolutely breathtaking! We finally checked off another bucket list item. The walk to the lower falls was easy and the views were spectacular. Definitely worth the drive to see Yosemite! Hopefully, we can return to visit again and stay longer.
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • Edward V
    Brentwood, CA459 contributions
    Short hike from parking area, nice river view, bridge, summer play in the water. For camera people like me great river shots going through big rocks, summer has emerald looking waters.
    Written 12 November 2021
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  • S D B
    Brooklyn, NY138 contributions
    nice from the short trail to soda springs. its behind you on your way to the springs but right in front of you on the way back through the meadow. Beautiful!
    Written 6 September 2020
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  • Robert R
    Salem, OR25 contributions
    Simply put, no matter what fancy prose or lyrical voice you put to the task, nothing can come close to describing the majestic beauty of Yosemite. It is something you must experience for yourself to truly understand.
    Written 17 December 2021
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  • Snakewrangler
    Brentwood, CA452 contributions
    Pretty laid back walk for you to enjoy with the family. Seeing the large trees up close is pretty amazing
    Written 30 March 2022
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  • HarvAG
    Arroyo Grande, CA12 contributions
    Good access to a dedicated bike-way. What a great way to tour the valley with no car roof to interfere with your majestic views.
    Written 29 November 2021
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  • Harleysville_Bill
    PA117 contributions
    This wasn’t a long or difficult place to hike to, but it was really neat and scenic. In a day that was 89 degrees in the valley it was in the low to mid 60s up here. The only down side for us was that we got caught in rain + hail on the hike. But it was very secluded since the campground was closed and worth the side trip as we visited the sites around Tuolumne Meadows.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • ogol17
    Joshua Tree, CA925 contributions
    The climb to the lakes is long and pretty steep, but the forest is nice to walk in. Both lakes are beautiful, though I found the upper one to be more secluded and special. A walk around the lower lake is recommended.
    Written 19 June 2021
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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    This was the first time we hiked to North Dome, and it was well worth our time. This relatively level hike, about 9 miles round trip, is deceptive as it’s about 8,000’ elevation. The thinner air was noticeable to me.

    Although North Dome is about 500’ lower than the trailhead, there were so many ups and downs that it measured about 600’ elevation gain on the way to North Dome and 1,100’ elevation gain on the way back. I was so tired!

    Another first for us was seeing California Pinefoot. We saw lots of bright red Snowplant, so at first we thought this was an albino snowplant. But it appears to be young emerging Pinefoot. So cool!
    Written 17 June 2022
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