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3 days ago

Probably one of the most gratifying hikes in Yosemite because of the panoramic views on Glacier point, and stunning views of the valley at every hairpin. In terms of difficulty this is a solid hard. There are steep switchbacks on the way up and slippery gravel on the descent. We took 3 hours up and about 2 down. Started at 930 and back at 430. Had a blast!

Very enjoyable journey. Saw only one couple on the way out from 3d Gate the whole way. The Maine Bar Trail is quite steep and poorly maintained, but that short struggle is the only downside, unless you do the loop counterclockwise and have to go up it. Took the Dead Truck Trail on the way back, which added a bit of a workout before it levels off. Creeks were very pretty, even with low flows. Lots of shade, so would make a nice summertime hike, with stops along the Middle Fork.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome hike!!! Tons of switchbacks with great rewarding views from glacier point. Ended up being over 9miles 4.6 each way. Hit it early!!

nice views but badly marked
be sure you know where you go

hiking
9 days ago

We hiked up to the glacier point which was a great hike with even greater views !
We had lunch on the beautiful glacier point and hitchhiked back to the village because we don’t like in and out trails that much. It was a perfect day.

10 days ago

amazing hike. took 2h to ascend & 3h to descend. would highly recommend hiking poles on the

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous hike through the forest. There are NO ocean views despite the photos here, so please keep that in mind. It was beautiful anyway and we were almost the only ones hiking on a Saturday.

I could have been in better shape. Great views of the valley. I would not suggest this for the novice. No special gear needed when it’s dry. No food at summit on October 30th.

Definitely a moderate to hard hike. Saw a lot of bear droppings some fresher than others so I would definitely recommend not doing this hike on your own. Phone gps map helped to stay on the correct trail. The posted signs can be a little confusing. Overall, beautiful and worth while. Great workout.

Although not as immediately grand as Lake Aloha or Clyde Lake, Lake of the Woods is really just as beautiful and has the added bonus of feeling even more secluded and peaceful. Plus you can always add Lake Aloha to this hike as it isn't much further.

Is a great place I like.to walk there

Started at thomas creek and did the 7 mile loop to white creek trail. Thomas Creek is good for all ages. There were hikers, walkers, bikers and dogs. Up to Dry Pond has switchbacks to help with elevation gain. Colors and creeks were gorgeous.

Very enjoyable, not too difficult. In the early morning there were a few people, but coming back down it got crowded. The Fall colors were glowing and the sound of the creek, even this late in the season, was so peaceful. Loved it.

21 days ago

Good uphill trail with progressive incline. There is no official parking lot or trail markers. You can park on the side of the road.
Trail length is 5.5 miles. View at the top is nice, although not the best.
The road is public with a few cars passing to watch out for on a few blind corners.

hiking
1 month ago

Fern Canyon Trail is by FAR, THE MOST beautiful forest I have ever had the pleasure of walking through. Breathtaking and magical are the words to describe these enchanted woods. I’ve gone twice, one on a clear sunny day and the other when foggy and rainy. Hands down it was so mystical being there in the fog and light rain. I was waiting for a fairy to jump out at me from out of the mist! Nothing short of a mystical fairytale awaits you when visiting this dreamlike forest!

my wife and I just got done going up and down. went up at 1145a got there at 245p. stayed up there and enjoyed the views for an hour. headed down, that took about 2 hours on the dot. mosquitoes were waiting for us, but walk fast to the base camp restaurant to refuel. we dont hike hardly at all but first time in Yosemite we wanted a challenge and the thrill of accomplishing this. went through half a gallon of water, sunscreen was a good idea as well. bring snacks for the top!

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an amazing trail. It's a great deep dive into Desolation with visits to multiple lakes and sweeping views, despite not including scaling a peak. Each leg of the trail is more spectacular than the last, and it's gorgeous from the start. The view of Lake Aloha from the top of Mosquito pass is stunning. There's still plenty of water in parts of Aloha despite it being so late in the season. I'm looking forward to doing this one again early next summer.

hiking
1 month ago

It was beautiful, challenging and totally worth it!! You must make it to the top, the view is unbelievable. It was 6.70 miles round trip and elevation increase of 1680ft. .

Bring your hiking poles and hiking shoes!! I brought mine even though I read here that you shouldn’t and I’m glad I did. so many people commented they wish they had poles. This trail is not as bad as upper Yosemite falls. Made it up in 2hrs 20 minutes but it took me longer to Get down probably because I yielded to so many coming up later in the day. Beautiful views for sure. 8am start was perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

I did just the down portion of this hike. I was driven up to glacier point and enjoyed the wonderful view of half dome, north dome, Yosemite falls, and the valley floor. The trail was a strenuous walk down. It’s rocky and can be a bit slippery in spots with sandy rock on top of the “paved portion.” There were great views of El Capitan and the cathedral rocks, as well as Yosemite falls on the decent.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hiking trail, especially for dogs. Most of the trail is shaded and there’s an abundance of flowing water for dogs to drink from and splash around in. The scenery is pretty; trees, streams, and a view of a cool rock cliff (I don’t know what to call it) at one point on the trail. I didn’t find any parts of the hike to be very challenging so if you want a good workout just increase your pace:p

I did the Upper Thomas - Dry Pond - White’s Creek loop on a Monday morning. Beautiful. Mostly in shade, except for the downhill side of Dry Pond. Not too crowded, lots of friendly dogs being walked and a few courteous mountain bikers.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this on 22nd September. Started late around 11:30 AM. Took 4 hours for ascent and 3 hours for decent. Terrain is treacherous, hiking poles don't help well due to uneven grounds. Switchbacks sometimes seem never ending. Yosemite waterfall was dry, so the wall looked plain and dull. The valley view was spectacular but never changing. You will reach a point where you will see half dome and that's more than half way done. Bring plenty of water for one way like 2 liters as at the top you can refill it. Get good shoes with traction as the terrain is slippery due to gravel and sand. Very challenging hike with rewarding views throughout. If you are starting late, please get bug spray as after 5-6 PM, the biting flies won't leave you, I promise. Nevertheless, I will definitely be coming back next April to do the same when the water peak off is high. Can't wait.

22nd September was free national park day and the crowd at glacier point was crazy.

1 month ago

This is not a trail but a paved (public-ish) road that takes you up to the peak. There isn’t a sidewalk so you are walking on the road but there were hardly any cars when I walked it. I didn’t see a single other hiker on the way up or down. This was on an early Saturday morning.

Oh, and parking. There are some pullout spots that can accommodate a few cars near the marked beginning of the route. There is no actual parking lot that leads to any trail.

The view at the top is fairly decent, I would say if you’re looking to get a good workout hill climb, then you should check this one out. Takes about 1 hr to the top if you’re fairly fit, 45 mins back down for 1 hr 45 mins total.

I’m a beginner hiker this year ramping up to bigger hikes with elevations. That said, I was hiking solo on this trail and after a couple miles I decided to head back due to lack of experience. Will try again when Someone else can join me.

1 month ago

I would suggest to go counter clockwise starting on the fire road because there is no shade, it was not too hard seemed more moderate to me, you must cross the creek 20 times and some of the crossings are 20 feet of water to cross even in the summer, in the rainy season you will have trouble and will get wet.
I did not see any other hikers the whole trail. My Fitbit showed over 10 miles not 8.5.
My time was limited it took me 3.5 hours I would have liked to stop to enjoy the views and animals but rushed through it.
Overall a nice private trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I would like to come back and do this again, but on a cloudy day. Maybe in October or November. Because of the fires, the air was pretty smoggy and everything looked dry. The falls are all dried out at this time.

I started at 05:45 AM. Two other gentlemen started at the same time. Someone else started at 07:00 AM and he caught up and passed me on the way to the top haha.

Lots of beautiful views and it is fun to see the sun touch everything and then come down to completely different lighting. No surprise, lots of switchbacks, but it is a fun, challenging, enjoyable hike. It took me 3.5 hours to make it to the top and two hours to get back down.

Glacier Point is a madhouse.

I had an amazing experience getting to run into a momma bear and cub on the way back down. She was on trail as I was cantering down, we both scared the life out of each other as I turned the switchback and she was less than 15 feet away. I kept my eyes on them and they watched me as I passed. Pictures are lame, because I wasn't about to be one of those people who gets too close and then dies. I just held my camera in the air and clicked while I backed up. Just wonderful! I hope I never forget that moment.

1 month ago

Serene redwood-lined trail; very easy to hike with just a bit of an uphill climb at the start. Highly recommended!

One of the best hikes I’ve done in Mt Tam. You will go though many different types of forest and nature. The lake is really beautiful about halfway through.

We took a couple of detours and made it closer to a 12 mike hike in about 4 hours.

Highly recommend.

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