Explore the most popular forest trails in Yosemite National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great view of El Capitan

hiking
9 hours ago

Full flowing waterfalls with bridges at the base at the time of writing this. 5/19/18. Get soaked running across bridges but so refreshing during a hike. Best hike to date for me.

19 hours ago

Great trial with big uphills we tipped Vernal then came down JMT back to the bridge spectacular views. If you go to top of falls be prepared to get wet

Easy trail and great with all the water. If you want to get close bring a rain coat

Awesome hike. The falls are beautiful.

Definitely hit the trail early, as others have said it gets really crowded. A hundred feet from the trailhead a bobcat walked right by me. The trail and views are phenomenal, especially the rainbows from Vernal Falls. As you ascend up Vernal the steps get pretty crazy, but the view from the top is so worth it. I continued on up to the top of Nevada Falls. Let me tell you, it’s no joke! Quite a work out, but when you get to the top of Nevada Falls you forget all the pain of going up. I opted to descend the John Muir Trail to skip the steps I hiked up. Ended up being about 9.5 miles (from trailhead parking), 2500’ elevation gain, and a little over 5 hours for me... that includes several breaks! Watch your step, take plenty of water, and know your limits and you’ll be fine.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is a must do in Yosemite. The views are absolutely phenomenal for minimal work. It’s especially great in the spring when Yosemite Falls are really roaring.

Way better than the out-and-back trails. Take the easy to miss Roosevelt trail along the south rim cliffside from Sentinel Falls and Roosevelt Point to near Sentinel Dome.

Get their by 7 if you don't want to be overwhelmed by the crowds. You don't get soaked though. You get misted, moistened, sprayed, or damp but unless you fall in the river you're not getting soaked. I dried off in 15 min of sitting in the sun. The stairs are huge so take John Muir if you're short or have problems with stairs.

Awesome hike, Wapama Fall are worth the trip.

One of the most popular trails at Yosemite and an awesome one. Was my girlfriends first big hike. Plenty of people on Vernal falls mist trail but fun getting wet and enjoying the scenery. You get a break between the two trails as it is more flat, then a sharp ascent to the top of Nevada Falls. Took us a 8 hours to do Vernal and Nevada up with John Muir trail down. This was an easy pace with stopping for lunch for 45 min at Vernal Falls. As we were coming back around 7 pm, we saw a bear about 5 minutes from the base of the trail. My first time! Although looking back the bear seemed more afraid of me than me from him. I made myself Big and yelled. He went away. But was very cute looking back. Highly recommend this great trail!

On the top of the fall there’re several lovely rocks that looks like penguins on the edge of the cliffs next to the fall. Magnificent view of the valley and the snow mountains far away.
So many places you can take postcard style and Instagramable photos. My personal favorite is the flat rock on the edge of the cliffs on the top of the fall overlooking the valley.
There’s a small bridge across the river to Yosemite point but if don’t have the time to go to Yosemite point definitely check out the bridge, it’s very close to the top of the fall.

Not a very hard trail for downhill but it offers a great view of the Nevada fall and the valley. It also has a small cascade which you will walk under that brings you a great experience for the summer.

Amazing place! No crowds, flowing waterfalls, blooming flowers and gorgeous spring weather!

the views on the way up are amazing. Also- read about the history of inspiration point, it's pretty impressive.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing hike- in just a short, 1-mile easy hike, you're at the top of sentinel dome with 360 panoramic views. You can see el capitan, half dome, basket dome, north dome, yosemite falls, and many more amazing views! My favorite hike we did in Yosemite, even though it was so short!

Nice short little, easy hike- the ending is fairly amazing, getting to see the fissures and the dropoff at taft point make the hike!

Super easy with good views. A little touristy, but fun to stand in the mist

Great walk with some excellent views. The only problem is that the loop between sentinel dome and Taft point was covered in debris and had a slightly iffy river crossing in the middle.

We did the hike last march. It was amazing to hike up to the top. Because it was still spring, there was still ice on the trail and the trail was slippery. A lot of people had to stop and went back down. We decided to come forward to the top and it was the best decision because the view is super beautiful. Just be careful of the water and slippery trails!

Truly stunning and CHALLENGING trail. Note that there is no camping allowed beyond Bridal Veil Creek just beyond the junction with McGuirk Meadow Trail.

We started very late on Saturday after running the nearby Yosemite Half Marathon so only made it about 1.5 miles before setting up camp. The site was beautiful- open rock face overlooking the western section of the park. If you're able to, I'd recommend camping at Stanford or Dewey points as the vista is even more beautiful and has nearly 180 views including el capitan and half dome.

Day 2 was steep uphill until Dewey point after which we had some nice downhill to Bridal Veil creek. Good campsites near the water. NOTE you cannot camp beyond the bridge here! After setting up camp around noon we did a dayhike to Taft point and Sentinel Dome. It was clear people camped along here, but it's illegal! Taft point was very busy since it's a short hike from Glacier Road. Ditto for Sentinel Dome, but both were worth it. Unparalleled views for this entire section.

We hiked out from Bridal Veil creek on day 3. Very intense and challenging downhill. Overall, an incredibly gorgeous and rewarding trip!

My favorite trail we did in Yosemite. It’s a short hike with an incredible view at the top, and not many people travel it. The last .2 miles or so are a steep climb up the mountain to the viewpoint but it’s well worth it, and fun!

The views from this trail are incredible! On a sunny day, the light reflects off Vernal Falls and creates breathtaking rainbows over the waterfall. Be prepared to get WET though, and the trail itself is steep and slippery- definitely a 7 out of 10 difficulty wise. We did not go all the way to Nevada falls, but took a “shortcut” following the John Muir trail to get back to the trailhead to avoid descending the slippery steps. If I were to do it again though, just brave it and go down the wet steps, as the John Muir way takes about 2 miles longer to get down.

What a place! Spectacular!
We did the whole trail and found it to be 12 miles with 2100 feet of ascent. Worth it! Be sure to visit Glacier Point afterwards to see where you hiked. So cool!

A very well maintained path which was quite busy up to Vernal Fall and much quieter above, towards Nevada Fall. The views along the walk were stunning, with a very high water flow at the moment.

Hiked to the falls, and the loop you see on the map above it counter clockwise. If you do that it's about 18 miles total and doubles your elevation gain. Also as of writing this the trail on the southern side of that loop was washed out and disappeared, so make sure you either you know how to navigate. Needless to say if you throw in that loop this trail is challenges and the 10 decent is brutal on the joints.

5 days ago

Few things to pass on: 1) gloves are a must. We bought some cheap ones at the Dollar Store and they were perfect. We then passed them on to fellow hikers. 2) bring plenty of water and food. The constant climb and high altitude saps your energy quickly. 3) the posted distances are off. Advertized mileage is 14-16 depending on route. We took the Mist Trail up and John Muir down and logged over 21 miles! We referenced a Garmin GPS and also the iPhone Health App. Other hikers had similar experiences.

Got a cable permit for May 11th, the first day they were open and what an amazing experience! Left the parking lot at 6:05am and were back there at 6:00pm. We took our time, stopped quite a bit, and spent almost an hour on top.

Awesome experience, must do at least once in a lifetime! Huge props to the group that maintains the trails and cables. Thanks for all the work!!!

Given that I’m more of a day trip hiker I would rate this probably moderate for the incline on the return trip. I pushed a jogger stroller though which was handy when our 3 year old decided she wanted a lift. The scenery is beautiful and shaded and you will find several groups of sequoias near the cabin. They are big but not like others we’ve seen. All in all we had great family time and would do it again.

So beautiful. Watch your steps and pay attention to the signs. At the second bathroom, just past Vernal falls, take a right and climb up a rock step based path. It goes up and give a great view of the Nevada falls before turning back becoming the John Muir trail that connects back down near the footbridge.

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