Explore the most popular walking 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.

Hiked up and continued to Sentinel Dome. Was not as difficult as I expected. A steady pace was possible completely aerobically. Every corner offered a new view. Changing sunlight kept it interesting.

Yesterday my wife and I finally started this trail at 6 am. After watching YouTube for 10 months and a few months of hiking in around Brisbane Australia to prepare, we soon found out how under prepared training wise we were . We took advice from others on the day to take it steady and at our pace. The peace and quiet and scenery was amazing with a fog covering the valley floor on a chilly clear morning. . The only disappointment was we didn’t make the top. Even with this disappointment we knew the hike down would be as tough as going up. Is you do decide to climb this beautiful place don’t underestimate how hard this hike is.

Beautiful views. The trail work is amazing! Hats off to the trail crews.

Amazing views, definite must do. Parking lot is a decent size to accommodate the crowds. Kids and hungry hikers loved the snack bar up there, must do!!

Easy hike through the woods to the meadow. Pretty muddy in some areas. No flowers were in bloom when we went on 5/20/18.

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

Must do hike. Had my 70 yr old parents with us and they got to the top. It’s a climb but totally worth it. The 360 views are amazing!

Outstanding hike, be prepared to climb and get wet. The steps to Vernal falls on the Mist trail will leave you drenched from the water fall mist. The views are fantastic.

Be prepared to climb and climb some more, but you will be rewarded with an awesome view. Make sure you go to the observation point to look straight down the falls. Make sure to wear hiking shoes, you will be sliding back down to the valley if you don’t. There are allot of steps and loose rocks and sand to slip on as you descend. Bring water on sunny days or a filter to get water at the streams along the climb. Rain will only make it more slick so be prepared.
Amazing and difficult hike, highly recommend! Will get your heart pumping for sure!

Really enjoyed the flora and the incredible vistas and the waterfalls that are abundant all the way up!

This is a pretty challenging trail and definitely earns its “strenuous” reputation. The first few miles to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls is the most difficult and once done with that it’s another few miles to El Capitan, but from start to finish there are some amazing views. It was a busy day with a lot of visitors stopping at the top of the falls so be prepared to share the trail. Start early, where comfortable shoes and bring lots of water and snacks to keep you going.

Beautiful falls and you get close enough to get pretty soaked in the Spring months. Lots of steps and they get really intense just before you reach the top of the fall, but the view from the top is so worth it. If you feel up for it, I definitely recommend continuing to Nevada Fall and returning on the John Muir Trail.

If you are on Glacier Point Road, you have to check out this place. Such amazing views!

So amazing in the Spring to see the power of the water. Easy trail and allows you to get really close to the base of the falls.

This is a fantastic trail that should be considered by all that love the high sierra. I did this in July 2015 over 15 days starting south of Whitney and ending in happy isles. Days where long but not outragous. I was on my own but never felt lonely. Lots of people on the trail to talk to if you want. You can also just hie along and people will leave you alone. Finding a camp site or water wasn't hard. I tried to finish my day making it halfway up a pass. This way I could rest the night and make it over the pass for breakfast the next day. Be sure to pack lite, I mean really only bring what you need as that pack certainly gets heavy after 15 days on the trail.

Great view of the waterfall

Great loop, be aware thou.
the whole loop it's block by rocks, so it is flooded. You need to go upper side of trail at one point. Probably 1 mile, going between Rocks, over tree trunks and under tree trunk. So, not as easy for now. We got Sun, Rain and Mosquitoes.
Si dress accordingly to the weather.
Still thou, a challenge for beginners like us. I found a stick about 6ft. came very handy to go through this obstacles.
Great spots for pics!

Only did the Mist Trail. Didn’t go all the way to Vernal Falls. It was difficult. Uphill the whole way. Spectacular views of the waterfall. I highly recommend!

Please see Taylor M’s review

It’s more like 7 miles round trip..
I would recommend going up early to avoid the people traffic. Please have hiking shoes or boots, running shoes are no problem going up, the problem is coming back down and stepping on slick rocks.

I thought it was very hard but totally worth it. I was with 20 somethings and they had to wait for me a lot but since it was Mother’s Day they were very kind. I loved the challenge and felt very accomplished when we were done. Beautiful waterfalls but very crowded.

Awesome and amazing hike with gorgeous view all the way to the top! WARNING this is a difficult hike with trail consisting of mostly stones and rocks "A cement stair master"

Despite the elevation gain, the treadway is for the most part is smooth with comparatively few rocks. Stunning views on the way up of Yosemite Falls, and of the eastern end of the valley, including Half-Dome, once on top.
Only small scattered patches of snow remain on the trail in the higher elevations as of early to mid May.

Quintessential Yosemite trail!
Very enjoyable despite the heavy traffic.
Early to mid May (on a weekday) best for more impressive waterfalls with Spring thaw and lesser throngs of other hikers.

leave the bay area around 3 a.m. Roll into Yosemite about 6 or 6:30. In Hit Yosemite Falls Trail. And then have all day afterwards.

Power through the punishing ascent at the beginning. It’s worth it! This has stunning florae the whole way that made me feel like I was in the Pacific Northwest. There’s also tons of manzanita (and really old, grown in manzanita). There are some switchbacks about 3/4 of the way in that took me longer than I’d care to admit to complete, but the falls itself are worth the climb.

I’m surprised this hasn’t been featured on Westworld or something. It has a foreboding, imposing look and has to be seen to be believed. If you are scared of heights, be forewarned that the top of the falls may creep you out a bit.

I am a beginning hiker and wouldn’t rate this as hard at all. It is rolling hills, but it doesn’t have any crazy ascents like pretty much every other hike in the Sierras. It gave me the confidence I needed to start going on more ambitious day hikes and is absolutely stunning in wildflower season (April 2018 in my case). I recommended it for beginners just starting out with dayhiking, but wear a hat and sunscreen up, because it’s very sunny!

Great view of El Capitan

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.

4 days 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

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