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.

hiking
17 hours ago

Very easy if you're looking to just get out and see the lake, but LOTS of mosquitos near the west side, you need heavy-duty bug spray for that section. Nice walk by the lake but no great views of the distance. I imagine this would be pretty good for families/beginners because it's all flat

hiking
17 hours ago

the first and last mile are paved, then the small loop is dirt. Seemed pretty heavily trafficked, although we went near the end of the day so it wasn't too bad. Pretty darn easy, although I find walking on a paved incline annoying. We did see 2 deer from the trail as well

hiking
18 hours ago

as others have said, great views and not a lot of people. Went a couple days ago and the road was closed off so we added about 4 miles total walking from the parking lot up to the trailhead. Also, very close to the lake there's a great lookout point if you just scramble up the rocks - when you're almost there, the lake is off to the left and there's a rock face to the right where you get the lookout.

This was an incredible trail with great views! We hiked it this morning, starting at around 7. It’s a pretty decent walk from the parking lots near the upper pines campground, but that is the closest parking you will find. We were able to get a sport in the closest lot a little before 7. The shuttle will take you closer, but the shuttles do not start running at a decent interval until almost 10. I absolutely recommend doing this hike at sunrise or right after. It was cool on the trail and very manageable temperature wise (around 65-70) on the way up. Also once we got back about a mile from the trailhead (around 11), it was miserably packed. We were able to hike at our own pace in the quiet. Plus the photos are much better before the sun is directly overhead and very bright! We did the hike in about 5 hours with about a 30 minute break at the top of Nevada falls for “lunch”. The part of the trail closest to Vernal Falls is very slick! Go down the John Muir as this trail suggests. I couldn’t imagine squeezing by someone on narrow, wet stairs. It was overall a great hike, but a challenge. It really clocks in at about 8 miles when you have to walk all the way back to your car and the John Muir trail on the way down is steepish. If you aren’t a regular hiker, this could be hard especially in the afternoon. The park recommends you take 3L of water, and I would go with no less.

on Elizabeth Lake Trail

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

This is a wonderful and gorgeoues hike but please please please MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN SHAPE AND HYDRATED before going to the top. I had the unfortunate experience of watching a guy (who looked very out of shape) have a seizure yesterday at one of the viewpoints and people around him had to do CPR for 45 minutes before a rescue helicopter arrived. I doubt he survived. A little girl in his group was traumatized and she was crying watching this and all of this was truly horrible. I started the hike at 07:00 when it was nice and cool and I was already on my way down after noon when I saw this tragic incident and it was already near 90 degrees. I saw a lot of people climb this trail without carrying water which is very very stupid in July. Sorry this is such a judgmental post but yesterday's experience saddened and angered me. Also, I know trekking poles aren't considered "cool" but they make life a lot friggin easier going down. It's also a good idea to wear shoes with some traction because I saw a lot of people slipping and sliding. It was superrrr crowded coming down near Vernal Falls after noon so if you start this hike around then you will be in a packed line getting up to the first falls. There were some Darwin Award Winners trying to swim in the Nevada Falls water and Park Ranger had to tell at him to get out. A little boy died last month doing this same thing. Also had to witness plenty of "let's do stupid stuff on the ledges of cliffs for a selfie" activity (which you can Google and see how many people die at Yosemite due to this idiocy). So the trail itself was wonderful but be prepared with water and decent talk shoes and go earlyyyyy. Basic stuff others have already said but I have to add the advice of not overestimating your fitness before going up to the top of Nevada Falls in summer.

This one is literally just a bridge and a small path before and after. great after a long day of hiking to cool down with.

July 20, 2019. Super Easy hike to the falls. Very doable with kids. Great views of the falls.

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.

Like a lot of review have said, underrated!!!! I loved this hike, it's not super hard, but you get amazing views and some challenge if you'd like. Sentinel Dome was great!

This was a nice trail in Yosemite. I've done alot of trailing at Yosemite and try doing something diffrent every time so this one's another one of the list. The trail is moderately long but with a long ascent to start the trail then it flattens out as you pass the granite mountain then you start descending to the trail junction to Cathedral Lakes. The trail splits to Upper and Lower Cathedral Lakes, most people I talked to didn't know that and only went to the one the sign pointed to which is Lower Cathedral. I had heard how bad the mosquitoes were at Lower Cathedral and damn they didn't dissapoint, those little suckers were relentless. The area at Lower Cathedral was really nice but I swear most people only stuck a couple minutes cause off the constant harassment of the mosquitoes. I went to Upper Cathedral first and the area wasn't as nice as Lower Cathedral but the lake was nicer, clearer more swimable and you can actually hang out there a long time without a swarm of mosquitoes attacking you, just a few hear and there. Overall it was just another great trail at Yosemite and then I hit Tuolumne Meadows after that.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

Beautiful! The views are amazing, the hike is slightly strenuous but rewarding. Just waayyyyy too many people in summer. Parking is nearly impossible. Park far away and take shuttle in.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

Good trail with good views. It ended up being just to easy for us and we did the whole trail in 3 1/2 hours. We were going to do it as an overnight trip but it ended up being really short and not difficult enough once we got to a campsite. I would recommend this trail to people looking for a quick day hike but not as an overnight trip. Overall good hike just not what we were looking for.

Loved this hike! Be sure to wear hiking shoes as it very wet and slippery! The waterfall is beautiful so be sure to go to the top!

Excellent varied hike with incredible views. Can be made into a loop on the south side of sentinel dome but it isn’t as pretty on that side. Not overly strenuous, my 60+ year old parents were able to complete this hike. Icing on the cake was mama bear and cub sighting on the way back. Park at glacier point prior to 10Am before the congestion hits. Bring plenty of water. Hiked on 6/16/19 and here was some snow remaining, still easy to find the trail. Not too crowded at that time either. Would recommend 10/10!

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome trail! Today we walked up to Columbia Rock via the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. 3 miles round trip. Took us about 3 hours. My family thought this trail was a little harder than Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls. Amazing view of the valley. My 10 and 8 year olds did this with us. Started at 12 pm today and trail was not busy at all. Can definitely tell why it is rated as moderate!

Difficult trail but picturesque panoramic view, awesome hike. Nevada and Vernal Falls were incredible.

This is a gorgeous hike to several big waterfalls in Yosemite's high country. I think it is a hike that you have to finish if you get close-- all the waterfalls are at the end. You'll definitely need sunscreen and bug repellent. There are some places along the river that would be great for swimming. The toilets at Glen Aulin were open. We drank all of our water (100 ounces/each) with a mile or two to go. Distances are not perfect-- the signs going in suggest it is a 10.8-mile road trip, signs coming out add up to as much as a 12.4-mile road trip, Alltrails clocked it at 12.6 miles, a Yosemite hiking site says it is 13.1 miles and my Garmin watch said 13.8. The Tuolumne Meadows store is just a mile or two down the road from the trailhead and has anything you may need. Make sure to stop at Soda Springs either on the way up or coming out. Great hike!

hiking
bugs
muddy
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Bugs were ridiculous around Dog Lake. Dome was beautiful but hazardous in places.

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 days ago

Rocky and uphill most of the way. Not so bad, but the elevation is HIGH, so prepare to take lots of breaks, especially for kids or beginning hikers. The lake is beautiful but had plenty of mosquitoes! Quite a few families with 5-8 year olds were also on the trail. We combined it with climbing the dome and did it in 2 1/2 hours and that included eating lunch at the lake.

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