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hiking
23 hours ago

this trail is the gateway to the back-country and that's about all it is good for. When I hiked it several years ago it was loaded with bears bluffing backpackers, trying to get them to drop their packs and run - especially when you get to "City Camp". Watch out for rattle snakes cooling off under rocks and also for cubs who are trained by mama bear to scare you and take your food.

hiking
23 hours ago

Easy hike with nice views, but there' are other domes in the area that are higher and offer a more sweeping view.

This trail can get so overcrowded at times. I would give it 5 stars if it weren't so busy. Try Neil Meadow to Neil Lake if you want that Tuolumne type experience. It is located at the top of Pate Valley and Pleasant Valley Junction and follows the PCT to Benson Lake and Rodgers Lake.

hiking
23 hours ago

Best time to hike Illiloutte Falls is in the spring when the falls is in full volume!

hiking
23 hours ago

This is a destination trail. The primary destination is the lake! If it were not so crowded, I would give it 5 stars. But you can't get there until the snow melts (June/July) and that's when everyones on vacation. Try getting farther into the back-country hikes for quieter backpacking trips and hikes.

hiking
23 hours ago

In April & May when the falls are in full volume then the hike is a must. Also, in the winter when the falls are iced over, the hike is a must to watch the ice climbers!

This easy peasy trail used to be packed with tourist when there was more water. Still, it is a beautiful trail to visit, especially in the winter on snowshoes! :-)

Do this trail at night during a full moon. No people and beautiful!

hiking
1 day ago

Easy with beautiful views. But, there's more! Take the PANORAMA Trail from Glacier Point for even more beautiful views. You will end up spilling out at the horse trail behind Nevada Falls back into Yosemite Valley or you can take the steep Vernal Falls shortcut too then meet the gang who drove you up to Glacier Point back in Yosemite Valley.

hiking
1 day ago

Some trails are boring because of way too many switchbacks. This is one of them. HOWEVER, once you reach Glacier Point the views are well worth the effort! It would have gotten 5 stars if those switchbacks weren't so dizzying! Bring water and watch out for those who are running DOWN those crazy switchbacks.

Well worth the hike! Once you make it to the top you've got a nice flat area to walk along Yosemite Creek before making a left hand turn to hike to Eagle Peak (Near the summit of El Capitan). A great view of the valley floor and if you walk a little further up the trail you can see the reaction of the rock climbers who make it to the top of El Capitan! Very worthwhile experience! (There's a spring hidden in the granite along the rock slide area of the upper Yosemite Falls trail) Few find it but the water is fantastic!

hiking
2 days ago

A great day hike if you’re up for the challenge! I highly recommend. The trail got icy and really snowy but we plowed through to enjoy some of the best views I’ve ever scene.

hiking
3 days 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!

Best time to hit this would be mid day to get the best lighting for photos. It is 1k of elevation per mile basically so it's not exactly easy but the trail quality is good for the most part. Trail was busy on our way down at about 1130AM so it's up to you if you can handle the crowds. We chose to hit the trail early to have the spot to ourselves.

This trail was amazing and a good workout. We accidentally ventured off the trial and the view just kept getting better. Can’t go wrong!

hiking
snow
4 days ago

The whole trail is amazing. This hike has scenic views the entire way up and down which made it special.Priceless!
Whole trip took almost 6 hours round trip, including breaks to strip off clothings layers, lunch, take pics, take a time at the overlook. Things I would recommend bringing, specialy in winter: a good pair of boots and micro-spikes. It gets icy at the top! he last 1.5 miles of the switchbacks are covered in snow and ice.

hiking
snow
4 days ago

We did this trail on January 18th. The trail got snowy(up to about 3/4 ft) when you got all the way to the top, but most of it had no snow. The views at the top as well as the entire way up are absolutely breathtaking. Was quite challenging for the average hiker but a million times worth it.

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

8 days ago

East short walk in the snow.

8 days ago

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

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

8 days ago

Pretty trail in winter.

Amazing view, totally worth the trip!

We did this hike January 11th and were astonished with how warm it was! We brought MANY layers ready for chilly weather but we ended up stripping down to a single layer of pants and t-shirt! If you start from 7-9AM you are going to be in direct sunlight for the entire trip up with little intervals of shade. With that said, we were so happy to feel the suns warmth (hot!!) because we were coming from freezing Boston weather. This hike had scenic views the entire way up and down which made it really special. The half dome is perfectly visible throughout the first 2 miles of the hike or so. Then the views switch to the falls! Gorgeous. Perfect introduction to Yosemite. Took us about 6 hours because we had breaks of taking off layers.

—WARNING—

The last 1.5 miles of the switchbacks are covered in snow and ice. We brought spikes for our shoes and we cruised along but we saw MANY fall hard. To enjoy the entirety of the hike, definitely buy shoe spikes!

Amazing hike! A must do!

Short and sweet! Easy walk to the bottom of the falls.

This was my favorite hike of all time. The difficult hike up is totally worth it because of the amazing views. Did this hike in the middle of December, and there was only a little bit of ice towards the top.

Really fast if you know what you are doing.

Was quick and easy... nice view!

Hard Core with excellent views hiking up and at the summit! Coming down...tough on the knees.

Did with my 60 year old parents at the end of November. Some snow on upper part (past lookout point). Amazing views. Using poles and frequent breaks it took us all day.

Great in winter to get to Glacier Point. Also amazing views throughout multiple valleys.

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