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hiking
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!

Did this hike in mid December and it was great- some icy patches along the way at the time but navigable in hiking shoes alone. Beautiful view from the top of the falls!

snowshoeing
muddy
snow
1 day ago

We completed this trail on Jan ’19. We drove from Merced to Half Dome Village (In Yosemite). We parked at half dome village. We were at the shuttle stop at 8am (at the half dome village). The shuttle showed up right at 8am and it took us to badger pass (~30min). We started hiking / snowshoeing for about 2.5 hrs and made it to Dewey point. We experienced great views and we ate a few snacks at the top. Then we came down. It took us 1.5 hrs and took the bus back to the valley at 2pm. It was a great 8mi hike / snowshoeing.

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!

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

6 days ago

East short walk in the snow.

6 days ago

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

on Bridalveil Fall Trail

6 days ago

Pretty trail in winter.

It got harder towards the end and the last portion was completely covered in snow. Overall great hike with multiple waterfall views. We just did this today and loved it. You also get multiple AMAZING views of Wowona Dome throughout the whole hike. We only saw one couple on the hike the entire time. Would definitely recommend!

Gorgeous hike, it wasn’t difficult at all. Lots to see, the beauty is breathtaking!!

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

We went up to Nevada falls via the Mist Trail and then looped back down the John Muir switchbacks. If you like to hike you must do this - it’s beautiful and rewarding. I love this hike. We went when the falls were just thundering and we were soaked so be prepared for that possibility depending on how Vernal falls is running. If you’re in Yosemite and have not done this hike just do it you will not regret it! Spectacular views.

Really fast if you know what you are doing.

Was quick and easy... nice view!

JM trail was closed so we couldn't do the loop in mid october. Ended up doing out and back on the mist, still a great hike. Definitely one of the more popular trails in the valley, so be prepared for lots of traffic on trail.

18 days ago

Did this in 2016. Was beautiful and well worth it.

We did this hike in mid-December. While cold on the valley floor, we quickly warmed up with both the elevation gain and increased exposure to the sun. Really busy at the base of the hike but thins out as different path options are made available. Beautiful views of the valley and two legendary waterfalls. Great places to stop for lunch or enjoy a beer. Easy to follow, although we weren't able to do the full loop due to trail closures from rockfall risk.

cross country skiing
19 days ago

Skiing Warning: Despite this site and YNP trailmaps, this is not a x-country ski route! The meadow portion is great, but after that is marked as black diamond = most difficult. Very icy, narrow, steep, winding. Never had to hike so much in my ski boots.

Challenging hike but the views are worth it. I'd definitely like to check it out in the Spring. Trail got pretty busy on the way down so start early.

Awesome trail that is almost completely uphill out and downhill back. This is a do not miss hike when in Yosemite. The views get better and better as you go. Completed it over New Years so it was a little icy on the stairs by the top of the falls but there is a little side route to avoid the ice if you need.

beautiful fall. very short and worth doing with kids

not really a hike but a short walk but worth stopping and checking specially if you have little kids as we do. they loved it. we did it on December and it was impressive. the little creek was frozen adding additiona attractive

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

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.

Beautiful!

Great views of a different part of Yosemite and away from the big crowds. The trail is dotted with small waterfalls. The trip to the top and back was about 8.8 miles, so plan your day accordingly. Since it's out and back, you can turn around at any point. I'm glad I brought a heavy jacket. It got pretty cold at the top. We have no issues with Mountain lions or bugs. There was no snow either, even though it was mid December. I don't think I would try the steep parts of the trail when it's icy. Great day on the trail.

This trail during late December is a bit snowy and slippery near the top. The view is beautiful at about the halfway point and in my opinion there is no need to do the whole thing thing if you don’t feel like it since the view is practically the same. If you go during snow bring good footwear and at least a hiking stick to avoid slipping. I would do this again in spring.

Hard not to give every hike in Yosemite 5 stars, this is a super easy short hike but great to see lower Yosemite falls, we did this back in October so the falls were just a trickle but beautiful regardless

epic view

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!

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