Explore the most popular Historic Site 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.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Really nice trail with beautiful falls. It is an hour and half drive past Yosemite Valley, so plan that ahead. During the summer, it’s really (really) hot so try to come earlier in the day and bring lots of water. Is doable for all types of hikers, but yes, it was extremely hot. Other than the heat, I enjoyed this hike very much.

Incredible, and very busy. We got in about 8:00 am and still lots of people. This app is incredible! We took the “perimeter” trails and no people anywhere near us. The perimeter trail is the dotted line on this app, next to the red line. Using some of the red line trails out we never took the same trails back down. The climb to Wawona point was a strenuous climb 1,200+ vertical, but so worth it. It’s warm so bring plenty of water and a hat, it’s not always shaded. When we got back down to the parking lot it was some completely filled, absolutely crazy.

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing scenario. First lake bigger than the second one, with still ice in it. The hike suggest to go further top after the second lake: I did, but actually there was no reason, no panorama, just a couple of holes of old miner's exploration.

to see Grizzly giant is so worth it..pls go and see it -will not disappoint you. we started easy on this one.

The trees are a must see. Nice options for the various trail lengths.

on Grizzly Giant Loop Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Crowded but worth the effort to come back later in the day when the road reopened. Best to come early or late when there are less people. The shuttle runs from 8 to 8.

Nice up and down 5mi. loop. There were a couple of odd intersections where you could accidentally get on a boring road-like trail. Even in July we got rid of all of the MOB of people who were doing the grizzly giant loop. As soon as we passed the grizzly giant, we really only saw three other groups of hikers. We skipped the point since we were on glaciers point the day prior and that view isn’t going to be beaten. Get there EARLY.

A very nice uphill hike in a forest with many impressive sequoia trees. Many wild flowers in blue white purple pink yellow. The hike takes you to a view over the green valley. ( no waterfalls or granite walls) We arrived a bit late to the park and decided to do this hike as a starter. At the start of the trail there were many people and it felt less natural, but as the trail continued we enjoyed quite , nature and hardly any other hikers near us. Must say tough that It’s not a breathtaking trail. Trail is very wide, most of it on dirt road.

The recent renovation is great. The trail and boardwalks are great, look nice, and it is a great trail to some pretty cool trees.

This was an excellent introduction to Yosemite. Easy trail with gentle hills. Great trees and some awesome info provided along the way by signs.

hiking
28 days ago

Pretty nice walk among pretty magnificent trees. If you’ve never seen a sequoia, this is a must-do and you’ll likely rate it five stars. Having been to the Sequoia NP multiple times, I find it hard to give it anything more than four stars. There’s nothing categorically unique here that you don’t get in the other park, though the Grizzly Giant is indeed pretty cool looking and somewhat different from all the other giants over there.

hiking
29 days ago

6/14/19 Trail was populated and not difficult at all. Gorgeous views

Hetch Hetchy is nice but it's still a reservoir and a much farther drive than to the Yosemite Valley and just one trail! I just wanted to check it out but I probably won't go back I'll stick to the rest of Yosemite! Got there at 7 a.m. to start the trail early and make it to Rancheria falls but they opened until 10 a.m. so I had to wait and I did a small trail to Tuolumne Grove in the meantime. By the time Hetch Hetchy opened and we got to the trail it was past 11 a.m. really hot and no shade so we only went a mile past Wapama falls. The trail was really hot with no trees and mostly just a view of the reservoir. The highlight was Wapama fall it was super strong and we got completely soaked especially when we crossed the bridges to the other side. No one else crossed the bridges, everyone was scared. We kept meeting groups of people we passed along the way to the falls and everyone just made it to the falls. When we headed back we saw a couple that dared enough to cross the bridges too! It was dangerous to some extent but doable.

As others have reported it is heavily used. Best to get here early to beat the crowds. Easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hetch Hetchy is absolutely beautiful right now! The wildflowers are in full bloom, lots of bees and butterflies flying around. Beautiful views of Kolana rock, Hetch Hetchy dome, the dam, and very full and fast flowing falls. The falls are dangerous right now! I would give it a few weeks before attempting to go beyond Wapama Falls. A person went missing very recently (6/7-6/9-ish) after apparently being swept away at wapama bridge. Just because the bridge may be open doesn’t mean you should attempt to cross it. Use common sense. I hiked this 6/12 and we saw a sizable bear right at the beginning of the trail as you’re coming out of the dam tunnel. It wasn’t startled by the 15-20 people already on the trail; it continued to attempt to approach, so be extra cautious if you’re hiking this alone or in a small group.

Easy hike but busy. We did see saw deer off the trail. There were so many old Sequoias- pictures don’t do it justice so I recommend making the drive to the Mariposa Grove even though it was about 45 minutes from Yosemite Valley.

hiking
bridge out
washed out
1 month ago

Unfortunately, due to the extreme snow melt, the footbridge at the base of Wapoma Falls was impassable due to high waters and there was no opportunity to move forward on to Rancheria Falls. The trail was beautiful though, and feeling a bit cheated on mileage, I decided to reroute and head up to Bee Hive where i came to a fork after 2 miles. Once at the fork, I decided to head back down to the dam and head back to camp.

Easy stroll through thousand year old trees. What’s not to like.

Easy trail with incredible views of the sequoias.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked on 6/7 - Trail is quite rocky with areas where you’ll have to cross through water to continue. Use caution as snow melt is creating rapid moving water streams. Lots of poison oak on the sides of the trail. Beautiful views.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail. Well maintained the whole way. I wish I had more time (and no cranky children) to explore further. The Clothespin Tree was my favorite. Keep your eyes open for snow flowers!

Pretty cool seeing how big the sequoias can get. The hike was easy enough, the Fallen Tunnel Tree was not what we were expecting, so it was a little disappointing, but it was a beautiful hike in all.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, fairly easy with some rocky sections. It was hot and there is not very much shade so come prepared with water. The views are spectacular, and the falls are raging right now.

Went in late summer and while the falls are pretty nice, the rest of the trail is quite meh.

Well kept trail we stuck to the right most trails on the way up and the left most trails on the way down about 4 and a half hours

Super fun hike. For the most part it’s paved or tightly packed. Very well marked. Has parts where it’s steeper but most levels can handle these trails. I say trails because it has a lot of different directions but can easily do them all including going to wawona pt in 4-6hrs depending what pace you choose. Enjoy the awe of the largest living things on planet earth

If you are looking for a fun trail that is not that difficult this is a good one. Has it’s challenging spots but for most part fairly easy. We went on a cooler day, but can see how it can be a “hot” trail. 90% unshaded. Nice views throughout entire hike. 4 completely different falls (5/31) with the final being the highlight. This fall was raging and if you dare go on the bridge you will get soaked!

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