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1 day ago

Fairly easy, well trafficked even in winter. Nice views looking up! Some small streams to cross and one spot with scrambling in the winter. Best spots are after the lake when it gets quiet!

Short little trail that goes around the pond. Great for kids!

Easy, narrow, well marked trail. Parking available. The trail descends until you get to the bridge. So the way back is up! There’s a part on the trail that forks, you can see the bridge on the right, but go left to get to the bridge. Be mindful of the cows around!

6 days ago

Pleasant easy walk in the winter, when there are few visitors. beautiful forest.

If you're directionally challenged like me, park at "Ya-Gub-Weh-Tuh" campground and trailhead. The trail is located right off the parking area.

I took my dog on Saturday just before the rain came. It was an easy walk, and had beautiful views. We got to the bridge in about 20 minutes. There were a few other people on the trail, all friendly, and considerate. Look forward to going again as the seasons change.

It was a nice easy walk. Fairly flat trail. Went in January so there was not many people.

Peaceful and easy in and out trail. Love the views. Watch out for roaming cows ! Lol

We did this hike Jan 1 2019. It was not to busy . We got to enjoy the quiet walk with our daughter, son in law and one yr grandson. I rate this hike easy . Since we had our grandson we completed it in 2 hrs in and out. we will be coming back .

lovely easy hike, not much of a lake but the views and that forest is totally worth it.

The trail is very pleasant and in good condition. And our 4 year grand daughter made it both ways!
A No stress hike.
Definitely worth the drive!

Fairly easy, though there is a paved road side and an unpaved side that’s a little more challenging.

Great views of half dome. Areas to stop and throw rocks in the water, if that’s of interest. Decent picnic type hike. Still open and clear in the winter.

Park at north pines camp ground if you can. There’s also a shuttle stop if you are able to get on the shuttle.

Locked gate. No trespassing signs posted. why???? Drove up from the city for what?

Beautiful trail..... Makes you look at Fresno a little differently lol! One of my favorite local hikes

Thank GOD

great place to relax

great hike beautiful spot to relax

Just beautiful. Not many people in the winter months, at least, so a peaceful walk alongside the river. Stunning rock scapes and a scenic bridge over the river at the half way point. The mirror image was worth everything!

Hiked this trail yesterday for sunset. It's fully covered by snow, so not an easy one in this season. You have to follow other people's steps to stay on the trail. If you want to see sunset on time, be sure to prepare to reach the top early, since the sunset in winter season could be as early as around 4pm-5pm. We started the trail at 4pm, however, we only finished half of the trail after 30mins and the sunset already started. We had to find a high point on the right side of the trial to catch the sunset. Although its not the top of the trial, it still can catch the whole sunset, very beautiful. In addition, make sure to bring a headlight, since it would be dark quickly, you might need it to find the trail while you are back.

Awesome views. Great way to take in Yosemite Valley.

Fresh snow made the trail a little hard to follow in the beginning but once we found our way there wasn’t any issue.

Did the hike in regular waterproof hiking boots. Probably should have used snow shoes.

An easy, local trail; perfect for when you want to get out of the house, but dont want to travel far. There can be lots of traffic depending on the day, but for the most part, easy and chill.

Easy and fun for the whole family. Beautiful view of the river from the bridge..

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail up to a granite dome with 360 views. A little different than any of the other trails we did at Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Not too steep. Well maintained trail. We were the only people on the trail in late November.

on Buena Vista Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great Panoramic view point looking over the mountains. Also amazing spot for sunset, we had the pinkest sunset at this point. We lost the trail on the way up but if you follow all trails route you will be fine. But alternatively if you want to get up to the top quicker you can just simply climb up, which wasn’t too difficult. Small car park but we went at the start of November so was quite and space. Also no toilets at trail head.

Beautiful trail in the fall, the leaves are falling, crisp air and deer sighting. Relatively easy on both paths, small incline of stone steps but it can be done. Good hike for all ages.

Always a good trail, family friendly, fantastic perspective of Half Dome.

Great hike! Easy not bad at all. Bridge is very beautiful! Only bad thing.... too much poo from every kind of animal on the trail.

Beautiful morning walk with two bear sightings, both with one cub. Easy trail and only one bottle of water required. We walked from the Upper Pines Campground. Mostly shaded but some sun to warm us as we came back the loop trail.
Highly recommend.

Great for all levels, great hike anytime of year. I’ve hiked a few times alone with my puppers just for a good workout... My not so active pre-teen who would rather be playing video games enjoyed himself as well. Lots of great quiet spots to just enjoy the views. Fun bridge and not too many people.

I always start my trips to Yosemite with this hike, and it’s the perfect warmup to more strenuous ones in the park. When you first arrive at the trailhead, it splits - I recommend taking the dirt path instead of following the road, which is more for the bikers and strollers. This trail is relatively easy and flat. The views once you reach the lake area are gorgeous (and even more stunning in the winter). Most of the crowds stop there, but I like doing the full loop. There are restrooms available too. There’s also plenty of wildlife that still passes through here despite the crowds (including bears and bobcats).

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