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This one is a butt kicker for sure. Unfortunately I didn’t take my time and ended up with elevation sickness at the top before you reach the last peak. Made it to 10,500. Lots of semi dangerous rock scrambles to get to the top as well but as long as you take your time it’s a very beautiful hike. May lake is gorgeous and the views are pretty amazing. Trail is pretty moderately steady until the last bit up to the top. I will be doing this again this summer only I’ll be sure to take my time as I go.

5 days ago

Lots of snow and ice on the trail today. (3/11/18) Trekking poles are a must! But I’m pretty uncomfortable on snow/ice... Also, the trail is closed after Inspiration Point (~3miles up) right now. I only made it about 2 miles up.

Did this in July 2013. Beware of afternoon thunderstorms. Went up about 8am. We started back down about 1100 am with wispy clouds rolling in. Quickly became threatening. Raced down to reach our car as storms began.

So worth the work. Awesome views at the top. Narrow pass at the top but doable..

The lake is more like a pond but still pretty. The 90 degree angled granite in the background is what will take your breath away though.

amazing view. you can see upper and lower falls and also half dome.

Awesome trail I've been able to do a couple of times...

Takes about 10 miles to get away from the general population leaving from Happy Isles. But Cathedral Lakes is one of Americas best campsites. You could get there in a little over a half a day if you left from Tuolomne Meadows heading north to happy Isles.

Such a beautiful snowy day for a wonderful trail

19 days ago

A little snow on the trail today - trekking poles were great. Views were unbelievable!

started my hike at Yosemite village, went to half dome village,then on to mirror lake, absolutely beautiful there, from there I went to the ahwanee hotel where I ate my lunch on the back lawn and felt like a king.after lunch I set off for Yosemite falls,then walked through cooks meadow to sentinel bridge.came in February in hopes of seeing horsetail falls at sunset but alas we're back in a drought year and there just haven't been enough precipitation, but I'm not disappointed, after all I'm in Yosemite it's beautiful here and no crowds!

26 days ago

Amazing views of the valley... one thing I would like to mention for folks trying to figure out how straneous this hike is.. I would rate it 3.5/5. The reason one might feel it is hard is because off the elevation profile. Unlike most hikes, where the trail goes up and down a little bit: the attitude on this hike rises continuously from start to stop. So might feel tired frequently as you have been walking uphill since you started. At the same time the hike providers enough scenery for one to stop and take a breath. I am not an expert hiker so, it took me around 3-3.5 hours to reach the top and 2 hours on the way down. All in all it is worth it as you get to see all the famous granite walls of yosemite, El Capitan, Half dome and yosemite falls in a single panorama. The time we went it was partly cloudy and the sun was on the opposite side of glacier point so there wasn't much direct sunlight. As a result, if you stop for long you might feel chilly. Bring a light weight windsheater to shield yourself from fast moving winds in the valley. Hiking poles are not necessary but recommended for ease.

For DSLR owners: Make sure you being your camera as the views are just amazing. I would recommend a normal 18-55mm lens and a zoom upto 150mm is enough. You might need a zoom lens as you can frequently see rainbow getting formed on upper yosemite falls. With better zoom lens you can also capture Nevada falls.

easy going trail with good views!

26 days ago

This trail was wonderful! Took me a little over 2 hours to get to the top and about 1.5 hours to get back down. Plan for at least a 5 hour day so you can enjoy and eat lunch at the top.

The views are worth every step, but this is not an easy hike. There are great views almost instantly on the trail so you are distracted during your 4 plus miles trek uphill. Make sure you bring plenty of water since the fountains and restrooms may be closed during the off season.

I got there before 9am and barely found a parking spot and I recommend to get there early. There is also restrooms slightly passed the trail entrance so make sure to take advantage before you begin.

Highly recommend it!

27 days ago

The trail was beautiful and pretty much snow and ice free (except for one short area). This hike is a killer. Up up up and then down down down. My legs are super sore as well as my knees. But so worth it!

Just a short walk to the trailhead from Upper Pines Campground, which is where we camped. It was an easy hike, and we enjoyed the beautiful views of Half Dome. We were surprised to find the water level at Mirror Lake was pretty low at this time of year, but a nice walk nonetheless.

Beautiful hike, lots of amazing views. Saw two doe mule deer yesterday. Went around in a clockwise direction, this brings you by the interpretive section at the beginning of the hike.

This one was a beast up and down but you can’t beat the views of Yosemite falls on the way up. Views at the top (at Glacier Point) were spectacular!

We exited at Agnew Meadows, but still a wonderful backpacking experience.

1 month ago

Two words MUST DO! what an incredible hike. Challenging enough for the thrill seekers and nothing more beautiful than this hike. You are able to see a beautiful view of the valley, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Half dome. This hike is really the best views of the park. There is no shuttle directly to the trailhead and parking is kind of limited, but plan accordingly and you will experience the best views of the park. Only downside I found of the trail is that they decided to pave it way back when and now is falling apart so its half paved half dirt, I wish it would've been all dirt, but beggars can't be choosers.

Magnificent view!

This is one of my favorite hikes in the park. Amazing 360 views on the top of the dome. View of half dome Yosemite falls Nevada and vernal falls. And it’s absolutely stunning!! A Must do in Yosemite. It’s worth it to make it to the top if you take your time anyone can do it !!!

trail running
1 month ago

I went on February 2nd. Second time on this trail. Amazing trail, currently the gate is open, I’m assuming someone just opened it, since there is still snow getting to glacier point. I was trail
Running the hike, so I was coming back down once I got to the top. I was only able to get to 3.5 miles up before I decided that it was too slippery coming down. There was also a tree in the trail but you can go over it. Awesome challenging trail.

Easy yet so fun

Other people have written fantastic reviews about this hike, and I have to agree with all of it. Amazing trail. I think it’s better than Upper Falls, also — the footing is easier due to the path being mostly paved. Still strenuous due to elevation gain and length, but worth every step.

I'm a ranger in Yosemite and this is hands down my favorite day hike in the park. Difficult and technical in places, but the summit is more than worth it. Be aware of weather, things can change very quickly up there and you could get caught in an unexpected storm.

1 month ago

Tenaya Lake trail has beautiful views of stone mountains and snow-capped mountains well into July. Be prepared to walk through about a foot of water in the beginning and end of the trail. The only downside to this trail is that the view never seemed to change but since the view was so grand it didn’t seem to bother me much.

1 month ago

Turned around at the winter closure point (2.8 miles in) due to some knee pain in the group, but this hike was beautiful, challenging, and offered fantastic, photobook quality views of the classic features of Yosemite. Weather was unusually mild, and we found ourselves shedding most of our layers as we warmed up.

The ascent is doable but consistently challenging without a lot of breaks in grade, but most of the switchbacks are wide enough you can stop for a few and and admire the view. Trekking poles may be a good idea for the descent, even if there isn't any ice or snow. Definitely wouldn't want to hike without traction (spikes or yaktraks) if there was any snow or ice.

I hear it's crowded in the summer but was reasonably traveled in the winter, with no more traffic than I'd expect on a day hike you can park at the bottom of. Parking fills up fast so you may need to park elsewhere and walk in (any parking lot along the south-side of the valley loop trail would give you good access).

Possibly my favorite outing yet. Yosemite may be the most beautiful place on earth.

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. I’m terrified of heights so the last bit was rough but worth it.

Trail is mint. Uphill from the car park is relentless, but not terribly challenging. Last mile was closed due to snow, but still a great stroll and awesome picture opportunities at every turn.

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