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Sara LF reviewed Sunrise Lakes Trail
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail, no mosquitos right now, very few people (for an overnighter on a Sunday). The third lake was our favorite — has some nice camping spots and lots of fish. Water is brisk but warm enough to swim.

Elizabeth Crimmins reviewed Dog Lake Trail
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Road biking

After dog lake trail which was beautiful we crossed over Tioga road and walked along the river which was really spectacular!

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Laura Urbina reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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HikingGreat!
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Karen Potter reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

This is a nice, flat, kid-friendly trail to see a nice waterfall. It’s more like a short walk than a hike, but good for the kids.

Jaime Hoover reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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HikingGreat!

Such a good little hike! Ended up being 15 miles. I really enjoyed it. Super pretty and perfect weather!! Everyone pick up your trash though!

Clara Vargas reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

Easy trail!

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Kevin Ferret reviewed Mount Hoffman Trail
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sam graza reviewed Mount Dana Summit Trail
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HikingGreat!

Awesome summit day. As others have said it's gentle enough for first 3/4 mile then gets fairly steep. Views from the top as others have said are very impressive.

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Arcelia Ruiz reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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HikingGreat!

Easy, short trail with not much elevation gain but still beautiful view of lower Yosemite falls. Trail is paved and shaded too and people were swimming in the pool of the falls when we reached the viewing area of the falls.

Jordan Card reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

Easy trail for the family to do to see lower Yosemite falls.

Kelly Ireland reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

Easy stroll among beautiful shaded trees. Wide field of river rocks to practice your balancing zen. Falls is at a trickle but still a worthwhile view.

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David W. reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

Easy

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Intcher Bramlett reviewed Lower Yosemite Falls Trail
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Hiking

Easy stroll, paved and dog friendly

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Varun Gupta reviewed Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail
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Hiking

Gorgeous but crowded

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Ross Hutcheon reviewed May Lake
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Hiking

Awesome vistas

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SpxChih C reviewed Mount Hoffman Trail
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Symren Takher reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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Hiking

Long, but worth it!

Sergey Shapovalov reviewed Hetch Hetchy Loop via Lake Vernon
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Hiking

We did a part of the trail (Hetch Hetchy to Lake Vernon and back) as an overnight family hike (2 families with kids 11+) last weekend. About 10.5 miles one way, but the elevation gain was more than 3,000 feet. The views of Hetch Hetchy were majestic. Lots of blooming and bees in Beehive Meadows. Lake Vernon was warm yet refreshing after a long day hike. A few things to keep in mind. 1. The gate to Hetch Hetchy part of Yosemite is only open 8 AM to 5 PM. Any other time, you won't be able to enter. 2. This is not high Sierra. At this elevation, it is getting very hot at daytime, especially this time of the year. So leave as early as you can. Ideally, spend the night before you go in the backpacker's campground, and start with the sunrise. 3. There's not much water available along the trail. Bring a plenty with you, and/or refill by filtering water from the small creek about 5 miles from the trailhead. 4. A large part of the trail has no shade. Protect yourself by applying sunscreen, wearing sunglasses and a hat. 5. We met 2 rattlesnakes: one on the trail, the other right next to our camp by the Lake Vernon. Be careful! 6. A big bear visited our camp (other camps by the lake too) early in the morning while we were still sleeping. The bear knew what he was looking for: he didn't waste time on the bear canister, checked all the plastic bags instead, found no food there (all was in the bear canister), and was gone before we had a chance to pull out a camera. So: be cautious, be prepared. And have fun - the trail is beautiful!

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Hiking

--Magnificent hike!!! I think it's the best hike in Yosemite, even better than half dome. Easily one of the best hikes in the western U.S. --We're a slow-hiking group. Left at 6:30 AM, half way up by 9, summited at 11:30. Lots of breaks and photos. Left summit at noon and back to the car at 4:30. Gaia GPS tells me we spent 5.5 hours actually moving. --Hike was very do-able. The "steep" section in the first third of the way up wasn't so bad. I got winded here and there on this hike, but nothing that was a big deal. I'm 56 as I write this, ~150 pounds, in moderate condition, and no endurance athlete by any stretch of the imagination. --The narrow spot at the end really does LOOK intimidating as you approach it, but once you're on it, you'll find all sorts of PERFECTLY SAFE routes. Trust me on this. The view at the end is simply magnificent. The only reasons not to do that last little staircase stretch is if you're completely wiped out at that point and are losing your sense of balance (not likely) or if you have a pathological fear of heights. Otherwise, just go for it. Everyone else makes it up safely and so will you. --Water. We took the advice of All Trails reviews and packed a gallon of water each. One member of our party drank it all. I drank 3 liters. This was on August 1, 2020, a hot day. --We left at 6:30 AM. During the summer you shouldn't leave a minute later. You want to do as much of this hike in the cool first half of the day as possible. The people starting out at noon were making a big mistake, in my opinion. --Food: I ate a big premade breakfast of home fried potatoes and veggies, 2 Cliff bars, a veggie burrito that I purchased and brought from my home town, a small bag of chips, a very small handful of almonds, and split a bagel with my son. I probably burned every calorie! --We had ZERO mosquito problems. I wore DEET, but my son put NONE on at all, had a short sleeved shirt on and shorts, and didn't get a single bite (neither did I). So mosquitos are clearly a seasonal issue. Do come prepared though! Others have been nearly eaten alive by mosquitos if you read some of the other reviews. --Prepare to be amazed. Cloud's Rest is breathtakingly beautiful.

Peter Jackson reviewed Ostrander Lake Trail
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Backpacking

Gorgeous hike through enormous blooms of wildflowers in mid July. The last couple of miles are a doozie, elevation wise. Take more water than you think you’ll need as the more strenuous portion is largely exposed. The ranger referred to the last bit of gain as “heart attack hill.” Its well worth the effort and taking a dip in the lake in the early afternoon was sublime. Didn’t see any bears but I heard something walking about in the night. Canisters were not tampered with, and saw very few people. Had the lake to ourselves for a full day. Scrambled up the rocky ridge to check out Hart lake. There are markers in the trees if you go that way but some of them are fallen to the ground. GPS is your friend if you go that way.

Jay Tailor reviewed Mount Dana Summit Trail
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Hiking

pretty hard, AMS will hit you hard if not prepared. Took 3.15 way up and 2 hrs way down. need really good shoe. top view is spectacular.

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Tim Johnston reviewed Lukens Lake Trail
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Dante Myers reviewed Mount Hoffman Trail
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Hiking

The most if not one of the most incredible hikes I have done so far. Starting off easy near May Lake which is incredible in its own right (we had plan on doing the shorter hike prior to learning about Hoffman) we had a nice lunch sitting by the lake which was nice and chilly. We started up to Hoffman and you can immediately see a difference in trail upkeep. The trails fairly easy to follow until you start hitting granite then it’s back to smooth until you hit a straight shot of granite. Follow the Cairns and use your hands until you crest the top. This was the longest part of the trail for us. You’ll see the Phone/tv tower thing and a clearly marked trail until you again hit granite it turns more into rock climbing than hiking when you head up. Take your time but definitely don’t skip out on this part. Incredible views of half dome and both may and tenaya lakes as well as meadows. Overall it was strenuous but not terrible definitely doable for most just take your time and be careful, the trail does come with some risks

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Trent Bekker reviewed Clouds Rest Trail via Tenaya Lake
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RockyScramble

Incredible hike. Views from the top are very hard to beat. I started this hike at 7AM but starting at 6AM probably would have been wiser. Even on the way down the heat started getting to me. I would advise bringing 4 liters of water with you as I easily went through mine. My legs are noodles but it was well worth it.

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Hannah Xavier reviewed Hetch Hetchy Loop via Lake Vernon
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Backpacking

Very challenging loop! I did it before in June 2016 and the weather was far more forgiving, doing it again in July 2019 was surprisingly hotter. Stayed the first night on the North Bank of Lake Laurel. If you're willing to hike the extra distance for some privacy do it. When I did the route in 2016 we camped on the south shore. Somewhat difficult to navagate the trails as you near the lake, but manageable. Night two was at Lake Vernon. Wonderful place. Find a campsite on the northeast corner to avoid the crowds who like camping at the trail fork. Great water access (saw a bear as well!). Final night was spent all the way down at Rancheria. Leave Vernon early to beat the heat on the exposed granite. DO NOT underestimate the downhill on this day (suffered some blackened toenails). When I went in 2019, the switchbacks leading into Tiltil were swamped with downed trees. Not impossible to get over, but nice to have a helping hand to do so (reason I bumped down to four stars). Finally went back out beehive meadows through Wapama falls. For being relatively level, this leg of the trail took us far longer than expected. Love Hetch Hetchy! Come in with the right expectations and you will too!

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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike, physically challenging hike, not technical. The trail took us about 7 1/2 hours to complete. It is about 15 miles total start to finish. We hiked the trail July 28, 2020 fairly good conditions crystal clear skies no bugs, epic 360° views. Shade the first 3/4 part of the way up. Recommend start early as possible and bring plenty of water. We went thru 1/2 gallon each and could have used a bit more.

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