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4 days ago

A friend of ours recommended this Trail but he must have been on it many years ago. The vast majority of the trees going down are blighted by either fire or pests. The Sequoias at the bottom still stood but it's a blighted forest. I would go to the Mariposa Grove and instead.

5 days ago

The best trail in the entire park with incredible views especially at sunset. A quieter place in Yosemite as well if you arrive early or later in the day. Hoping it stays that way! After a long day though, the hike is a little tiring on the way back because of the incline. Still my favorite hike. Would do it over and over again.

14 days ago

The hike isn't hard but the view is second to none at the end

A short hike, slightly uphill but easy to navigate (even for our 7 year old). Great views at the top on the rocks. The trail was well marked with interesting facts about the trees and such, even pointing out the poison oak (which was visible but avoidable and easy to identify from the info given). Took us about 45 minutes, including stopping for pictures and a snack/water break.

A pleasant little hike that gets very busy later in the day (like everywhere else in the valley), so an early start is highly recommended. Nice views of the North Dome with the Mirror Lakes and some pleasant meadows along the way.

We set off on this trail with the intention to finish it but got kind of lazy about a mile in (it is steep!) and opted to hang a hammock with a beautiful view down the Yosemite valley instead and enjoy our lunch before continuing on with touring the park. It was nice to hike even a little ways away from the road/bus tour stop and enjoy the view in peace.

1 month ago

As far as reward to effort ratio goes, you can't get much better than this. The walk from the parking lot to the viewpoints is short, paved, mostly flat and, understandably, pretty crowded. Actually, just finding parking space can be quite tricky. The views of the valley and especially the Half Dome are absolutely stunning though and I really can't recommend this highly enough.

1 month ago

Very nice hike! Went a bit beyond the .5 mile(?) to see the views of the other end of the lake from a higher level. Very smokey from Ferguson fires. Will definitely go back when smoke clears for better viewing. Got in and back before noon to try to beat heat. Will take my kayak next time since lake access just across from parking area.

I'd say more moderate than easy due to the Stone "stairs." Still doable by the 7 year old with me. Granted, air quality was poor due to smoke from wildfires. The "stairs" were cool and the "lake" was awesome even with low water levels. Would love to do the whole thing on a clearer day.

Awesome trail, but looking a bit disheveled after the Railroad fire roared through the area & took out bridges, restrooms & signs

Do yourself a favor, take the bus to Glacier Point and hike all the way back down to the valley. You can hit up Nevada and Vernal falls on the way down, plus a bonus of crossing over Illilouette falls on the way to Nevada. This hike is for the most part all down hill, so for those who find going up the trail to Vernal and Nevada, this will be much more doable. The views are spectacular!

Easy hike with big payoff of views. Great view of El Capitan.

Not too crowded when my sister and I went in May. It was quite an incline but very beautiful and peaceful at the top.

Love this hike! Beautiful view! Bit of a rush to stand near the edge!

2 months ago

Great little walk for an amazing view of Half Dome and the valley floor.

Amazing views!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Take your camera

Lovely swimming spot, but cold! Also beware of the fast currents.

2 months ago

Our first warm up hike last week in Yosemite. Seeing any Giant Sequoia is worth the hike. Paved road as a trail. Only a hand full of giant Sequoias. If you like this hike you’ll love Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia.

Great places to swim

How did this trail got 4 stars? Only a few sequoias and only one rather large one. Not worth your time.

2 months ago

nice short hike along an historic old road to see giant Sequoias at the end

Easy going walk via the nature trail up to mirror lake. Enjoyed all the boulders that had fallen from the cliff above (half dome).

Several doe and fawn in the meadow upon our arrival and not startled as we kept our distance and admired North Dome and Half Dome.

The amazing thing about this area is that so many of the trails connect! I will most definitely be back and do more hiking, but this time around, Yosemite was just a half-day stop. And if you’re doing the same thing, get here early and head to this spot! I’m currently on a huge road trip and this may have been the most amazing sight my eyes have ever seen. Simply spectacular. Additionally, another cool thing is that there is great phone connection so I was able to facetime and share the view with some of my friends and family back home. All that to say, I’d HIGHLY recommend this lookout point of the valley, whether you’re just stopping by the park for a few hours, or hiking some of the trails around it!

This may be a short hike, but bring water!

on Taft Point and The Fissures

2 months ago

Great hike! Not too bad, not much of an incline. Took us 45 mins - 50 mins to get to the edge. Amazing view of the valley and El Capitan! Don’t forget to take a picture to that other edge of the point. Also, be aware and be prepared for mosquitoes along the hike.. Have off lotion/spray handy with you. Wear windbreakers or layered clothing.

We walked the mile long trail from the Taft Trail/Glacier Point Junction. Well worth it!

This was an excellent hike for our group, comprised of several children, ages 5-14 and my mother in law. The kids loved scrambling over rocks and fallen trees and especially loved crossing the lake and dipping their toes in the cool water! Couldn’t have asked for a better first hike in Yosemite!

2 months ago

Simple walk to amazing views! Worth going at sunset as it lights up Half Dome!
Kids loved being able to be free, climb rocks and having flashlights.

Great little hike we did with our almost 2 year old. He walked the first 3/4 of a mile and we loaded him into a child carrier backpack for the remainder, mostly because he was tired but also because the fissures posed a risk for his fast, wandering legs and because at that point the trail became steeper and rocky for a short time. The view though was spectacular.

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