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Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most scenic and spectacular hikes in the world. Over 3.5 million visitors travel from all corners of the world every year to marvel at the waterfalls and hike the famous trails of the 3rd oldest national park in the United States (Established October 1, 1890). With over 800 miles of trails you are sure to keep yourself busy. Most visitors head straight for Yosemite Valley, but there are many great hikes in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows and the Hetch Hetchy as well. The park's elevation ranges from 2000ft to 13,114ft (600m to 4,000m), stretching from Giant Sequoia groves housing 200ft trees over 2,000 years old, to breath-taking valleys carved by glaciers, and home to the highest waterfall in America, to alpine meadows filled with rivers, lakes, and wildflowers. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife. Tuolumne Meadows is a great area to visit to get away from the large crowds in Yosemite Valley. This area is a few thousand feet higher than the valley and may take some time before becoming completely acclimated. Wawona is in the south western part of Yosemite National Park and is much less visited compared to the Valley. There are several highlights of this area including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia which was protected by Galen Clark 150 years ago and is home to over 300 massive Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest trees in the world still alive today.

One of the coolest trails I've done. A hike that will get your legs pumping and is utterly beautiful. Would recommend to anyone willing to get a little wet and a little tired for amazing views.

walking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Stunning views!

hiking
3 days ago

A tough hike, but the most amazing view in the end. If you have time, El Cap is right around the corner. Bring a map and compass when snow is present.

Just finished this yesterday. Great hike! If you're coming from Glacier Point down the hike should be rated as moderate. The only strenuous part coming down from Glacier Point was after the Illilouette footbridge. It took me 2.5 hours to get to the top of Nevada falls and another hour to get down to the bus stop. The person who said it was potentially a7 hour hike from Glacier Point isn't quite right. 7 hours is insanely long for this trail! It was a somewhat busy trail; I passed between 30-40 people between Glacier point and Nevada falls on a Friday afternoon. Overall it is a beautiful trail and I look forward to doing it again.

If your feeling up to adding some milage to your hike you can head back towards little yosemite valley/JMT. It's very beautiful (but wet) there behind all the different domes.

Exceptional.

Just sitting here recovering from today's hike to Cloud's rest in yosemite. We did the hike from the valley. It was brutal and yet hugely rewarding. The first segment up vernal and Nevada falls is well known. STEEP. then some flat before some steady climbing up switchbacks and then spits off to the right. Left foot traffic going to half dome. Then steady climbing until you get to the last mile which on May 21 was totallly covered in snow. You can see your target which seems high and it is! The views from the top are unbelievable. We highly recommend. OH yeah, Alex Haler is wrong! It takes every bit of twelve hours. Lots of food and water needed.

Just sitting here recovering from today's hike to Cloud's rest in yosemite. We did the hike from the valley. It was brutal and yet hugely rewarding. The first segment up vernal and Nevada falls is well known. STEEP. then some flat before some steady climbing up switchbacks and then spits off to the right. Left foot traffic going to half dome. Then steady climbing until you get to the last mile which on May 21 was totallly covered in snow. You can see your target which seems high and it is! The views from the top are unbelievable. We highly recommend. OH yeah, Alex Haler is wrong! It takes every bit of twelve hours. Lots of food and water needed.

AWESOME trail with the best views of Yosemite. TONs of waterfalls and creeks. Some tips to pass along from our first time in Yosemite and doing this hike.
Take the Glacier Point tour bus to the top! Make your reservation online first to secure your spot. We were able to park in the first lot on the left when you turn in to get to Yosemite lodge. Park there and head over to the Tours desk to pick up you tickets. Once at the top make sure you spend some time there! Head over to Glacier Point and get a good view of the valley and falls. Then you're off!

The trail was busy at the start but lined out after 1 mile in. It will get buys once you start getting closer to the falls. The Mist trail is VERY popular and crowded. If you are worried about getting "misted" bring a light weight poncho that will cover you AND your pack.

Recommend stopping for lunch and the top of Nevada falls. Also because from this point on its allll steps down. You can refill with water at the bottom of Vernal Falls if you need - though you nearly to the end at this point and a majority of the trail is paved from here.

Once you pop out at the end of Happy Isles trail, head left. If you're tired get in line for the free shuttle that can take back to the lodge. When we were there the shuttle line was 3 buses long according to the ranger. So we opted to walk. Since it was 5 pm shuttle are usually VERY full and can often get stuck in traffic, even though they are supposed to come every 20 mins, it is more like every 30-45 mins. So enjoy the flat, paved 2.2 mile walk from the trail head of Happy Isles back to the lodge. GREAT hike!