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This is nice but heavily travelled with A LOT of people. If you can get to the 'Horse Trail' aka John Muir Trail, you can avoid the long lines going up the Mist Trail. These trails are the 'gateway' to Little Yosemite. Once in Little Yosemite, you can head up Half Dome or Cloud's Rest.

This is nice but heavily travelled with A LOT of people. If you can get to the 'Horse Trail' aka John Muir Trail, you can avoid the long lines going up the Mist Trail. These trails are the 'gateway' to Little Yosemite. Once in Little Yosemite, you can head up Half Dome or Cloud's Rest.

hiking
14 hours ago

Great views! The 1.6 miles comes from going to the trail to the left of the parking lot, going to the end, then going to the trail to the right of the parking lot, and going to the Point! In my opinion, the better views were to the right of the parking lot, but you should definitely do both!

off road driving
1 day ago

We really like this trail but I am not sure who assigns the ratings… It is definitely easy to moderate for approximately 80 to 85% of the trail but the other remaining small percentage is difficult and requires a spotter m, four-wheel-drive and a high clearance vehicle. Perhaps it is more rutted and washed out than it was when it was given a rating of “easy“ but there are definitely some parts that are not easy and are fairly technical on this trail – beware if you are not experienced or do not have the appropriate vehicle.

We ran this trail on 1/21/19 and there are several nice mud puddles/water crossings due to recent rain and snowfall!! Overall very fun!

Hiked today 1/21. 11 am parking lot only 1/3 full. Almost no wind the whole way. Sunny until Emerald lake, then started snowing. Had micro spikes, but could have made it without them. Trail compact but not icy yet. Was an amazing hike

hiking
2 days ago

1-20-19 . Was super windy when we got there and barely stayed. Beautiful hike though and roads getting there were not too bad. Favorite Colorado hike

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Amazing trail for those more active and fit. If you’re scared of heights, this will thrill you toward the end. It starts off really easy and then out of no where you’re climbing huge steps to the top that are steep.. also, get there early.. we arrived at 7:10 and when we came back down a little after 9am it gets extremely busy, people waiting around for others to leave and people parking all the way down to the main entrance on the Main Street. Definitely a good work out for arms, legs, and good cardio. Great hike and views! Well worth the body aches

Great hike. I prefer to do the loop. If you take the wash to the river it’s not super difficult to locate the hot springs. Buts not clearly marked either. You’ll need to go up and over going “downriver”. You can not follow the bank. Bring lots of water and a snack. Takes me about 4 hours. I always try and pick up at least one piece trash that’s sure to be laying around.

hiking
2 days ago

1.20.19: beautiful, we made it all the way without snowshoes just fine (did have spikes on our boots). It was PAINFULLY windy and cold both at Dream Lake and Emerald Lake (felt like North of the Wall on Game of Thrones) - highly recommend some kind of Buff Neckwear to pull over your face and either ski goggles or at least sunglasses for eye protection.

Did this hike in mid December and it was great- some icy patches along the way at the time but navigable in hiking shoes alone. Beautiful view from the top of the falls!

love love this hiking trail it's my all time favorite place helps get a workout and take all your stress away its beautiful place to sit and relax at the end of the hike

Test

I accidentally took the difficult trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Beautiful at sunset in January

hiking
4 days ago

Opened the park a few days ago after shuffling around some money. We made it to Dream Lake w/o snow shoes. It was incredibly windy there and everyone we saw turned back - definitely need snow shoes to go from Dream to Emerald. Great hike up to Dream, though.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Beautiful at sunset in January.

No comment...just wonderful, amazing trail.

This was a beautiful hike. HOWEVER, before reaching the devils bridge there’s a very steep climb on rocks. VERY SCARY! I did it but I wouldn’t do it again.

The only hike worth doing over and over again, so many new ways to hike it, especially if you’re a climber.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing! #whyihike

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing!

Beautiful view ! Start early to beat the crowd and watch the sunrise .

The guides kinda just rush you through. The canyon is gorgeous but I didn't get to really take it in.

Amazing views

hard trail down. beautiful views
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Amazing

Easy trail with a bit of climb at the end. Beautiful views. Take the trail and let the vehicles take the road.

Loved it

Probably one of my favorite short hikes I’ve done. The views are beautiful the entire time and constantly changing. Personally would probably rank this hike as easy, though the last sprint to the top is a decently steep incline.

on Emerald Lake Trail

9 days ago

I tried to go there today but the road is closed during government shutdown

very easy hike worth it beautiful view

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