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Best Trails in Yosemite National Park

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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.

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
1 day ago

hiking

This trail is mostly uphill. It is not an easy trail. Not suitable for children, dog, or elderly people. Take a LOT of water and snacks. You must wear hiking shoes to not slip. Go early in the morning because this trail gets packed!

on Glacier Point Trail
1 day ago

The view is well worth it

on Mirror Lake Trail
3 days ago

Knowing we weren't going to find much water in late August, it was still a great way to start the hiking week, starting on this direction east into the valley. Excellent views of The Dome. Nice little loop to pass Mirror Lake and continue on until you cross the bridge and come back down along the other side. Then stay on Valley Floor loop trail which stays in the woods to go back towards your lodging!

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
3 days ago

I think it should be rated higher degree of difficulty to properly warn folks the incline and steps are not for the weekend warrior. What goes up must come down ! Emerald pool at top is a gem if you want to sneak a swim!

on May Lake High Sierra Camp Trail
3 days ago

on Half Dome Trail
4 days ago

Hi, my wife and I are in our late 20s and traveling to Yosemite from NY and are looking to do the half some hike but don't have a permit. We will be there from Aug 27-Sep1 and are willing to do the hike any day from Aug 28 to Aug 31. If anyone has extra permit and are willing to share, we would love to join. Please email me(Abiral) at Abiral.sthapit@gmail.com. Thanks!!!

on Porcupine Creek Trail to ...
4 days ago

hiking

definitely a leg burner, Jason Mendoza is insane! All in!

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
4 days ago

hiking

ate lunch with a squirrel, the way down the is awesome

on Half Dome Trail
4 days ago

Hi there, I am traveling with a friend from New Zealand (in our twenties) and would love to do this hike however we were not able to get a permit in time. If anyone has an extra permit and wants someone to join in (26th or 27th of August) email us!! - rchardley@gmail.com

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
5 days ago

hiking

Did this hike as my first official hike and it was well worth every step! Amazing views amazing scenery a bit challenging for a first timer but again it was well worth it!

on Four Mile Trail
5 days ago

My 2 kids (age 12 and 14) and I hiked down this trail at the end of July. We had a guide drive us up to the top at Glacier Point, then we spent the next 3 hours hiking down. It was very steep going down. We stopped for lunch along the way. The views were incredible. I think this is the best way to see a lot of Yosemite while getting some good exercise. I was definitely sore the next day due to hiking downhill all day. I would definitely recommend this! (Especially going downhill only!)

on Tioga Pass to Mount Dana
5 days ago

hiking

with a average grade of 20% (3400 feet in 3 miles), asap you hit 11500 feet, you will feel the altitude which will slow you down. surprisingly, the trail is well marked with stone crains. All the loose stones makes it difficult to hike up. this does not need any permit- thats the best part.

on Half Dome Trail
6 days ago

We started from the parking access this app takes you too. From the first marker it says 8.2 miles to half dome, so there and back is a little farther than the app specifies (Total of 16.4 mi)
IT starts off a little challenging the first mile, then steadied out the next 6 or so miles. The last part going up the sub dome is the most challenging part of the hike, then the cables takes a little upper body strength.
Pack gloves with a good grip and minimum of one gallon of water per person. The rock under the cables is slippery so wear decent shoes.
This was an amazing experience and the views are like no other. Enjoy!

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
7 days ago

Beautiful! Watch out for hungry squirrels

on Vernal and Nevada Falls v...
7 days ago

Amazing! Worth the steep uphill hike. The view was amazing. Don't stop at the bridge, go all the way up

on Half Dome Trail
7 days ago

Breathtaking- quite literally.