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Majestic, grounding, and rewarding hike! Not to busy in the winter but pretty icy at the top. Took 5 hours from start to finish.

hiking
2 days ago

Wonderful 360 view at the top. Would be a great place to star gaze and watch the sunset.

Took about an hour to get to the top. 50 min to get back.

My girlfriend and I did this hike on Monday (12/3), and it totally kicked our butts!

We had originally planned on just going up to Columbia Rock and back. But after making it up in just 45 minutes, and with it being such a nice day, we decided to push forward and see how far we could make it up to the top.

This ended up being an incredible idea, as we encountered only three or four other hikers on our way up, and the views from the overlook were truly unforgettable!
However, in the deep snow (over a foot in places), the zig-zagging back and forth through the switchbacks made me question our decision at times …

But this is a truly incredible hike with breathtaking views of Half Dome and the Upper Falls leading up to the summit.

CAUTION: Make sure you are cognizant of your surroundings (i.e. falling ice), as there were some massive chunks that came cascading down the mountain side and landed within an arm's reach of us.

The climb to the top is absolutely worth it though, just be prepared to feel that 3,100 feet-plus of elevation gain on your way up.

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike for its solitude, challenge and beauty. Would love to come back in the summertime when the falls are gushing!

Awesome hike! I completed it yesterday 12/6/18. The last third of the trail gets quite slippery with hard packed snow. I put my microspikes on at the lookout at the top, but should have put them on sooner. The final path down to the lookout is very exposed and covered in loose sheets of snow and ice, though the metal railing made it passable. I was grateful for gloves, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen - the snow glare was bright. I continued another .8 miles past the falls to Yosemite Point - it was a great view but a lot of trouble (deep snow) to get there. If you aren't up for it, you can still take the short walk out that way to the wooden bridge. It's picturesque :)

road biking
13 days ago

Beautiful, scenic loop. We did that on bike around 2-5 pm, which seemed to be a rush hour for cars. Everybody is driving slowly, there is not much room to overtake, so we had to stop every time a car would pass or we would overtake a car which slowed down for taking pictures. Next time we would rather go in the morning or on Wednesday and Saturday morning when it is completely shut for cars. Otherwise it was a lovely biking, would highly recommend.

We completed part of this trail on July 25, 2018 before our mandatory evacuation due to fires. We had to be out of the park by 9:00 so we knew we had to start early and hike fast. Due to the early evacuation, we were the only hikers on the trail. We moved as fast as we could in order to see as much as possible. The switchbacks definitely get the heart rate up and I went through quite a bit of water and the sun wasn’t even out. The steps were dusty and dry, but very slippery at times. Start early and bring plenty of water! Even though our hike was cut short due to the mandatory evacuation, this was my favorite hike!

hiking
23 days ago

An experience I’ll never forget. This backcountry is absolutely stunning. My friends and I signed up for the lottery twice. Got picked on the 2nd attempt. We arrived and made acquaintances with our fellow lottery winner and a volunteer hiker, Charlie. He ended up guiding us all the way to the Wave and giving us some lessons along the way. Best way to spend my birthday week! Try to grab a spot on the BLM page. If not, best of luck on the day you sign up at the BLM office!

Spectacular views.

hiking
25 days ago

I won the Lottery! The lottery today was for Thanksgiving & Black Friday. 90 groups, representing 264 hikers, wanted the 20 permits. I feel like Charlie from Wllly Wonka and the Chocolate factory. I was the last one called for Friday. I got the last winning ticket. My first time in the walk up lottery. Did I mention I won the Lottery?

Well maintained trail. Lots to explore at the top so the whole hike took this 58 yr old 9 hours. In November, with only 10 hours of daylight, it was essential to start early. Thrilling cliffs and vistas. Loved having good boots and hiking poles. So did my 27 and 30 yr old daughters. But we saw others in tennis shoes and even hiking sandals!

Pretty crowded hike but beautiful views. Got to the top in about 2 hours. Bring lots of water, even in November it got really hot.

scenic driving
1 month ago

I have done this drive a few times while staying near Gatlinburg; usually during the summer. The loop can be a slow drive if crowded and this is the reason why I give it a four star rating. There are some places to park and exit the car to explore.

great trail! loved it!

The Ranger suggested we come in from Redwood Creek to access this trail and it was spectacular! I highly suggest this route. You’ll start at the Tall Trees trailhead but take the Emerald Ridge Trail down to Redwood Creek. From there you’ll head north up the creek for about 1.7 miles. There is no established trail which made this extra exciting with only minimal risk. It’s absolutely gorgeous down there, but you will have to cross the creek in several places with water up to mid-calf (it was early November when we did it). Our trekking poles came in very handy and I suggest bringing an extra pair of socks! Just extraordinary scenery and solitude. You’ll have to find the trail that cuts you into Tall Trees loop…we used All Trails to show us where we were and so it was easy to see when we were close to the loop. The loop itself is beautiful of course, and then we exited via the Tall Trees Trail. Highly, highly recommend this route as the creek was just beautiful. Don’t forget your permit before you go.

Did the upper falls and Yosemite point hike In one go. I found the hike to the falls to be moderate at best, totally doable but don’t underestimate. Bring enough water and start no later than 9am.

Yosemite's oldest trail (and it shows). The granite can be slippery at times, and even if it was bone dry, we witnessed many stumbles.
At this time of the year, there wasn't any water, so... instead of Yosemite Falls, it was more like Yosemite Walls. Nevertheless, it is a breathtaking (figuratively and literally) hike. It's worth going the extra mile and hiking from Yosemite Overlook to Yosemite Point. The round trip departing from the Yosemite Lodge bus stop and back was 8.2 miles with a 3,386 elevation gain. Worth every step.

A fabulous trail, once again. It’s a strenuous uphill at the start with a mild dip in the middle then back upwards, continuously. The views are great but at no time was the heights a concern to me. There was a bit of traffic coming down. 2 hrs 10 minutes up and 1 hour 35 minutes down. Down was easier than expected. Lunch at the top was amazing.
Take water ! 2.5 litres per person and that’s for November with great weather, that we had.
Highly recommend.

This trail was rated moderate, but frankly, it was tough. I'm in good shape and I was tired and my quads were hammered by the time I finished. An amazing view from the top. This is a great hike. Just be prepared for a workout.

I did this hike earlier this year and kicked my fat old arse to say the least. Basically you can break this hike into three parts, the first third is a set of switch back hike that is moderately steep and a mix of dirt and granite stone (about 60% stone). You'll get great views from here and you're just above treeline, giving some very nice views. I'd say that about 40% of the folks I hiked up with turned around here, but really you should do the at least part of the next section if you ask me.

The 2nd 1/3 is a gentle set of twitch backs that take you to near the bottom of the 2nd falls. The view along here is mostly of the higher/2nd falls, which is better then the lower section of the falls if you ask me. i would generally tell people who are not up to doing the complete hike, to do this section too, as it fairly easy trek and of course the views are worth it.

The last 1/3rd is a very tuff section and exhausting to say the least. This mostly hard rock granite rocks that are also a nice incline, so be careful here as it's easy to slip and end up on your arse. If you have hiking polls, you should make full use of them here. Keep your eye on the right side of the trail because the left side. The left side is Eagle's Peak and higher than the Falls side, this gives the impression that you have to hike even higher then you really are hiking (I hope this makes sense). You end up about half mile behind the falls and you'll then trek across solid granite to get back to the falls itself.

The views are great from here, but also, if you do this in any other season other then Summer the sun is south of you and getting good photographs of the south side are kind of blah. Lesson learned to say the least. After I ate my lunch I trekked down to guard railed ledge and took it all in. I then trekked over to the stream/river and soaked my feet as I exhausted. While I started the climb around 9am, I didn't up to the top till about 2pm, so I turned around at 3 and started down.

The trek down, was painful. I think I was oldest and fattest person I ran into that day, so all that steep granite rocks you have to use on the first and last 3rd took toll on my body to say the least. It also took me longer than most folks as I found I had to take much smaller steps to keep from ending up on my big butt. I ended up having to do the least 30 minutes of the hike in the dark too, thankfully I brought a flashlight along. Also in the last 1/3 of the decent the trail filled up with a lot of folks coming down (all in much better shape then me). So that slowed me down too as I kept having to get out of the way of the folks behind me (I'm glad I did, nothing worse then getting stuck behind a slow poke like me).

I'm super glad I did this hike, though for me, I won't ever do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of interesting rock formations and really unique trails.

Best short hike I’ve ever done. Don’t worry about getting lost. You are always able to see the visitors center from the dunes.

Loved this trail!

Strenuous and spectacular. 6hrs round trip with my 9 year old daughter in October. Falls were mostly dried up, but that allows you to explore the drop off area at the top.

Grab your permit in the morning, get the instructions to go here.

We did it first thing in the morning and saw nobody around us. It was so nice.

Since the trees are so tall there aren't a ton of them around, so don't expect a dense forest, but it's gorgeous as it is.

hiking
1 month ago

After driving 6 plus hours to get there, it definitely was a good trail to stretch not only the legs but the entire body on! Such a fun trail!

A very nice walk with amazing big Coastal Redwoods and then Fern Canyon- be prepared for water crossings. Then beach and back up into the old growth forest- just magical. We would rate this moderate only- the trail is excellent. Fern Canyon is slow going with the stream and multiple crisscrossing but great. 20 kms all up and 4 hours 43 minutes. A really lovely day out. So peaceful. Highly recommend.

started off on chesnut branch up to cammerer, dropped packs at the spur trail. went down walnut bottom and camped at 37. nice spot, with all the warning I did think a bear was going to eat me but the worst thing to happen was a mouse kept bothering my friend and I. hiked up sterling trail 2 miles but turned around to big creek due to weather change. great trail

Amazing areas I will back soon

Beautiful hike through spectacular redwoods. We started at prairie creek visitor center and headed toward fern canyon, which is a site to see in itself. Prepare for wet shoes if you decide to go through fern canyon instead of straight to the trail base. You’re basically walking through a creek surrounded by fern covered walls. From there we headed across the beach to the start of miners trail back toward prairie creek visitor center. Overall it took us about 6 hours to finish, which includes stopping to eat lunch and stopping for many pictures. Would definitely recommend for someone up for some adventure

1 month ago

beautiful scenery

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