Looking for a great trail in Yosemite National Park, California? AllTrails has 245 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 109 hard trails in Yosemite National Park ranging from 2.1 to 211 miles and from 3,828 to 14,475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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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.

6 days ago

Incredible hike. The trails are all relatively well maintained and there's no particularly difficult terrain (well, until the sub/dome), so the difficulty really comes down to level of fitness. The better shape you're in the more enjoyable this hike will be. Beautiful views no matter what time of year, but it would have been nice to see the falls in the spring. Went slightly before sunrise on a weekday morning with cables down, saw more bears on the ascent than people and had the whole (err half) dome to myself for an hour. This is really the only viable way for a chance at total solitude on the dome, highly recommend. Make sure to bring the appropriate harness setup and/or your climbing shoes (provided you have some technical rock climbing skills and are comfortable unroped on polished granite slab) or you'll be stuck at the base. I didn't really see the need for gloves, but better to bring them than not as YMMV. Whether you decide to go to the top or not, the journey is worth the effort.

The views were stunning but the area was pretty crowded.

Fantastic hike with a huge payoff waiting at the end. Good challenge the last mile. I could have sat with that view all day. Loved it. Going again.

After hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls yesterday, I found this hike harder than expected because I was worn down, my arthritis was killing me, and because of the steep climb/high elevation. Cathedral Lake was peaceful and beautiful, which made the hike worthwhile.

Very beautiful even nearing winter when the lake is just sand. Was nice and relaxing. Saw a wild bobcat less than 4 feet from us on the trail which was amazing

Great trail. Took around a half day with some stops along the way.

7 days ago

Epic on a sunny day

Incredible views at the top. Highly recommend this it’s an amazing experience. It took us way too long because were out of shape.

Absolutely amazing, a must hike. We started at 7am and made summit by 10:30, a warm November day. The views of the valley are absolutely incredible. Towards the top it’s all sun, bring plenty of water. My Fitbit says it’s more than 7 miles, but 3200 vertical is accurate. We aren’t young, but did not think the switch backs were too difficult, just choose a nice pace. Going down took us the same amount of time, not too slippery, but stay safe from gravity on the thousands of steps.

8 days ago

Lots of roots and rocks. Mostly in the shade, great views from the top.

A great hike, reasonably short but steep. The views are stunning. My favorite spot in Yosemite. In Oct 2017 I hiked with my girlfriend and proposed at the top. She said yes! 2 years later, we did the same my family and we watched as another couple became engaged at the summit!

Lovely walk, mostly flat with grey autumn views. We wandered as a family and took 2 hours. It was fun to read the placards about how the space has been used over the years.

8 days ago

Awesome and beautiful hike, not nearly as extreme as stated. Two waterfalls are visible in November. It’s approx 2800 vertical 7.5 Miles, but plenty of shade if you go early. Suggest to go early to avoid the masses at Vernal. To avoid masses on way down take Yosemite valley trail. Enjoy !!

9 days ago

This is an absolutely wonderful hike! Highly recommended in the spring when the waterfalls are full. Be prepared to get wet though, as you make it soaked towards the end the hike to Vernal Falls. The switchbacks up to Nevada Falls can be challenging, but it's worth it. I also highly recommend that you start this hike early to avoid the crowds of people going up the Mist Trail.

Stair master all the way!

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Turned the last trip into a overnight so we could see the sunrise on the summit. Went mid-October and it was really cold in the morning (low 30s). The switchbacks a mile and half in can be challenging but it's totally worth it.

9 days ago

Great trail! Loved how beautiful the lake was. Super quiet up there, you could hear the wind blowing thru the trees and the small waves on the lake. Highly recommend it! The last 1.5 miles was the butt kicker part. That was the inclination part of the trail. The first 3-4 miles was very easy and kinda like a walk thru the meadows and some forest areas. But it is totally worth it all in the end! You won’t regret doing it. Definitely going to be doing this one again!

This was the most incredible experience of my life! I went with my dad, we spent 26 days backpacking from Whitney portal to Yosemite.

The trail offers many views of the major sites in Yosemite valley, although the waterfall as dried up when I came (Nov. 2). Colors are more muted as expected this time of year, but the trees were still pretty green! I started on the Sentinel Point side and saw most of the great views close to the beginning and end of the hike. I'd say the hike is accurately rated as moderate.

9 days ago

Amazing views of Half Dome from many different angles. It’s worth the extra miles to go all the way to Nevada Falls.

10 days ago

This was a nice trail with some beautiful trees. The cabin is pretty cool to see. There really isn’t much to see for a half mile past the cabin, and I think the trail should have ended at the cabin. If you’re trying to choose which grove to visit the Mariposa grove is much larger with the visitors center and hundreds more trees.

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