Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most scenic and spectacular hikes in the world. Over 3.5 million visitors travel from all corners of the world every year to marvel at the waterfalls and hike the famous trails of the 3rd oldest national park in the United States (Established October 1, 1890). With over 800 miles of trails you are sure to keep yourself busy. Most visitors head straight for Yosemite Valley, but there are many great hikes in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows and the Hetch Hetchy as well. The park's elevation ranges from 2000ft to 13,114ft (600m to 4,000m), stretching from Giant Sequoia groves housing 200ft trees over 2,000 years old, to breath-taking valleys carved by glaciers, and home to the highest waterfall in America, to alpine meadows filled with rivers, lakes, and wildflowers. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife. Tuolumne Meadows is a great area to visit to get away from the large crowds in Yosemite Valley. This area is a few thousand feet higher than the valley and may take some time before becoming completely acclimated. Wawona is in the south western part of Yosemite National Park and is much less visited compared to the Valley. There are several highlights of this area including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia which was protected by Galen Clark 150 years ago and is home to over 300 massive Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest trees in the world still alive today.
One word. Magical!
From the parking lot the waterfall looks ok. Go a few feet deeper and enter a winter wonderland. Full of icicles on tree branches, snow, and a cool misty shower. The water is exploding from the mountain. I've never seen anything like it. The best scenery nature has to offer. Go now!! After the snow melts it will go back to being another ok waterfall.
Best part about this trail was that we hardly saw anyone! The views were breathtaking. It was a little hard to keep on the path once you got towards the top, there was a lot of bouldering. We got up there okay, but getting down was tricky for one of our group. She really had a hard time keeping balance on the boulders. Had to ask if we were on the right trail a couple of times. Be sure to research the trail and even if you just make it to May Lake, it's a very beautiful trail with a reward. My group was super impressed and said it was the perfect pick for a moderate 4 hour hike with amazing views.
Unbelievable views. Get there early, because on our way back down, it was like a tourist trap. We started at 7am and had no problems until we were on our way down and everyone was trying to come up. It was tough getting all the way up to Nevada, but with enough time, water, and snacks, it's doable for even beginner hikers, just have to be prepared for a 6-8 hour hike. The top was amazing, trail very well marked, views unlike any other place I've ever been. Falls are impressive!!!!