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Erik Pedersen reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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Hiking

Some burnt out areas. A number of houses on the beginning part of the trail. But the trail is flat and the views are pretty. The swinging bridge was a hit with the kids. If you are looking for a short easy one, this definitely ticks the boxes.

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Maritza Loyola reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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Walking

A bit of a drive from Yosemite Valley, but worth it. We completed this hike from trailhead to trailhead with a stop in the middle at the river for lunch. Short hike, but a fun bridge- our kids (4 and 9) loved it. Trail is very exposed, not a lot of shade until you reach the river.

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Sarah Heredia reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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Hiking

Beautiful morning hike!

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Seth Saludez reviewed Panorama Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great memories! I still consider the Panorama Trail as one of the most challenging hikes I've ever done (so far), according to the circumstances that occurred. 30 minutes through the hike, I sprained my left ankle badly. With the excruciating pain, I thought I was done and can't go any further. Though minutes later after the incident, something clicked and I was up to the challenge. So my buddy wrapped my left ankle with a compression wrap and took 2 tablets of Ibuprofen, then I went head-on hiking 12 more miles. It was somewhat difficult to a certain extent but I was just proud of how I mentally pushed myself and conquered that hike even though I was in excruciating pain.

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HikingClosed

It’s currently closed, no parking access, park ranger will cite you for entering

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Carolina A. reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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Nature tripsGreat!

Great for kids. It’s more of a walk then a hike. The trail in is ok but the end at the river is gorgeous. Great place to observe the rushing River, relax, and have a picnic.

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Love this trail. If you go in the summer bring lots of water, lunch, a swimsuit and towel, and plan to plan to spend the day. It’s about 12mi round trip from Tuolumne Meadows and offers spectacular scenery, a granite beach, waterfalls and wooded areas. The hike itself is not difficult but gives you all the best of Yosemite. A must do.

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Dana Elizabeth reviewed May Lake
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Backpacking

Went in the summer so the weather was wonderful. If you hike up from the midpoint parking area it’s a short, all uphill hike but not very difficult. May lake is beautiful and is a great day hike or camping spot.

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Hiking

Very crowded but the trees were amazing

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Hiking

Lots and lots of downed trees....nature’s obstacle course!

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James Greenberg reviewed Twenty Lakes Basin Loop Trail
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50-something couple did this hike in August 2020 during Covid, Yosemite was very limited access so we opted for this Yosemite-adjacent experience. It was spectacular! 10mi drive from Lee Vining, 3mi up forest road rough in spots, peaceful boat taxi from parking to trailhead. At the trailhead you can choose clockwise or counter on the loop. We and most of our boat companions opted for clockwise. Having completed it now, I would recommend counter-clockwise or go clockwise and reverse back after Lake Helen. It's a tale of two environments -- west side is alpine lakes and streams, east side is a wide valley. Connecting them is a dry waterfall which must be ascended if you loop clockwise. Very steep and strenuous. Obviously if you start the other way you get to descend! There are literally 20 lakes. It is like Switzerland. One could easily camp overnight for a fuller experience. The boat taxi asks you to name a return time so they can allocate space. We were an hour late but they had no problem accommodating us, fine young lads manning the boat.

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Ap Qazi reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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Hiking

Very pretty hike. Flat and easy. Park next to the 7th day Adventist camp. Was only one other person in the parking lot when we got there around 2pm on a Friday. Great place to have a picnic.

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Silviano Gonzalez Jr reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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HikingGreat!

We walked to both entrances again but did not find the third trailhead. It was the perfect last hike for our friend who returns to school and won't be with us for future hikes. The southwest bound trails on either side of the water lead you to more cascades and spots to be near the creek. FYI for anyone social distancing or just wanting to get away if the bridge area gets too congested with people.

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HikingIcyPrivate property

This is a great hike. Did this trail in January, so had to hike from the parking lot to the welcome center. Ended up being about ten miles total. It is icy and snowy in places. Tons of gorgeous trees on the way up. It’s a very steady incline.

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Stephanie Nason Bolton reviewed Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail
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HikingIcyMuddy

Breathtaking! Path is muddy and icy in some areas. It was getting close to dark so we didn’t complete the entire loop but we will be back! This beautiful hike should be an all day event to take your time and take in the majestic sequoias.

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Hiking

Bring your trekking poles! It gets icy toward the visitor center. Beautiful blue sky!

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Silviano Gonzalez Jr reviewed Swinging Bridge Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!

The bridge area was fun to stop at and hang around. The trails to the bridge are pretty flat but differ greatly in aesthetic. If you take the Chilnualna Falls Road you have to pass the restrooms/parking lot and a bridge then you will find the trailhead and another parking lot at the end of River Street. If you take Forest Drive you will find the other trailhead just below the 7th Day Adventist Youth Camp. This trail has no burned trees and is flat. The other trail has a couple of little inclines and has some uncompleted tree burning/cleanup but you get to walk next to the Wawona Dome. There are a couple of trails that head past the bridge on each side but they are unmapped. Bring bug spray for the mosquitos near the water!

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Kelly Jacob reviewed Glacier Point to Union Point
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Hiking

Very steady and steep incline majority of the way up. We stopped about every 1K to take pics/a breather. Lots of snow/ice for the second 2/3rds of the way up so definitely need spikes to get to most of it. There is a gate maybe 3 miles up but we just walked around it to continue on. Saw a few other people at the top as well. Amazing views of the valley and Half Dome the entire way up. Not a lot of variety in scenery since you’re walking up the same side of the mountain most of the way, but obviously still amazing sights.

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Johnathan Glissand reviewed Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Trail
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Stunning trail!

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HikingIcy

Great views. This ended up being 11 miles over 6 hours from the parking lot at Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza. We took the trail instead of the road from the welcome plaza to the trailhead which we would highly recommend. If there is heavy snow like there was when we hiked it, budget more time. This would have probably been a 4.5-5hr hike without snow but with snow it can be challenging.

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Hiking

I'd say we are average hikers and it was possible during the strict park hours to finish it! Started at 9:10 and finished at 3:20p with a decent lunch break at Glacier point. Highly recommend shoe spikes and poles for the snowy bits that started around 2 miles in! Loved the views all the way up and at the end. Coming down was slippery and you'll need spikes.

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HikingGreat!

This was a fun hike but not one we were eager to accomplish quickly. We were continuously stopping to gaze on the enormity of these giant Sequoia's. With it being winter and the California's current Stay-at-Home order, the park is only open 8am to 5pm and has really cut down on visitors. We started hiking at 9am and didn't see any people until around 12 when some people finally caught up to us at the end of the trail at Wawona Lookout.

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Hiking

Nice hike through the big trees. You can take many different paths to the end which is Wawona Point. Wawona Point has a great view of Wawona. Cannot see Yosemite valley from here. This trail has a lot of shade. I did this trail before the big winds that blew over many of the trees.

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Hiking

Beautiful view at the top, totally worth it.

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Yair Amster reviewed Glacier Point to Union Point
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