hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

birding

forest

wildlife

nature trips

no dogs

kid friendly

lake

camping

trail running

river

backpacking

waterfall

snowshoeing

horseback riding

rock climbing

fishing

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.

Took my girlfriend and had a blast, I hunt the surrounding mountains of the park every year so I'm use to all this hiking stuff so I really wanted to start her on a fairly easy hike and this trail was perfect. there was quite a bit of snow on the ground but it's not enough to stop you from completing the hike. I know people say that's it's nice in the spring but I highly recommend making this hike in the winter and if you do be sure to get there super early so you can be the only ones there and another thing take your time and check some things out, get off the beaten path...you never know what you might find

gorgeous sunsets

definitely a must in the spring when all the wildflowers are blooming!

Easiest high Sierra camp to get to but still beautiful and worth it. check out Mt Hoffman while you're there too, it's the geological center of yosemite.

hiking
7 days ago

Great views and a short hike, best for families.