Explore the most popular Wild Flowers 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.

Great hike, 2 hours up and 1:40 down at a quick pace and with a nice long stop at the top to take in a view. The first chunk of the trail is a lot more trafficked since people go to the lookout of the falls, from there it was less crowded, at least during the week.

The view is breathtaking. Once you hike this trail, no need to go to Glacier point.

It’s more than 7.2 Miles, should be close to 9 miles. The elevation gain is more than 5400ft from my Garmin watch. The first part is zig zag, quite challenging, the middle part trail is quite rocky and last part is zig zag too. The view of the valley and fall is amazing! Worth it! It will take a normal hiker 7 hours for round trip I believe.

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.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
22 hours ago

One the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done! The views are just, breath-taking! Lots of mosquitos because of the melting snow. I would recommend hiking up and back before noon, it gets really hot at the top once you’ve cleared the tree-line.

We hiked this amazing trail yesterday. The falls were full and powerful. The trail is in excellent condition except for a few spots where the trail is under about 18” of water about a mile after reaching Glen Aulin. We brought water sandals to change into and just kept going. No problem. The hike is long and tiring but absolutely worth it. We left the trailhead at 6:30 am and returned at 5:30 pm, spending about 30 minutes at waterwheel falls.

Only went to Wapama falls. The hike was moderate but miserable. Hot sun very few spots to stop for shade. The trail is mostly climbing over rocks. Exhausting. The falls however were fabulously roaring splashing the bridges and drenching us with spray. The Hetchy canyon doesn’t even compare to the majesty of the Yosemite valley canyons. Glad I went once to see it but not a do over. #oneanddone

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
1 day ago

July 20, 2019. Good hike. I started it from Glacier Point and it was a good 3 mile round trip hike. Going up is a steady incline and once you get to the dome the incline get steeper. Super fun, greats views of El Cap, Half Done, Three Brothers, and Yosemite 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.

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
2 days ago

My friends and I won multiple permits and we have permit available for 6 people on July 21st. Let me know if you are interested (surah123@gmail.com) and we can meet at cable tomorrow at 11am–noon.

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
2 days ago

This was a challenging one for sure, but worth it for the views that only get better as you ascend. My thighs were burning on the way up with the never ending switchbacks. We left around 7 AM and it took 7 hours round trip including a lunch break and the wife taking countless photos. If you go in the morning, most of the ascent will be in the shade which was nice. But I would suggest 3L of water minimum

amazing hike. lots of different environments on the trail. lots of mosquitoes

love it! amazing view of the whole park!

I did this trail yesterday with my cousin. Her and I started this trail at around 8:00-8:30 am. On our way up the moutain, we saw 3 girls do this, two wearing hiking sandals, I even asked them "no hiking boots?!" I recommend hiking boots..At the start: we parked just outside the entrance of Yosemite. If your back is to the ranger station, the trail starts left of the sign, to the right is the meadows which a ranger will tell you to stay out of. As soon as we stepped outside the car, we were attacked by mosquitos. The trail starts in a foresty area and you'll see Dana lake which reflects the mountain in the water. This trail is filled with exotic looking vegetation/flowers. Some snow patches on the trail caused us to bypass it from the right. Lots of scree and tallus, watch your footing. touching the rocks will leave your hands red due to sediment color which runs off into the snow causing the snow to appear slightly pink. climbing up is steep and it looks like a landfill of rocks everywhere. We hit plateau and came down, we were at our car by 3pm. So if you plan to make it to the top, start super early. Also we saw total 14 hikers on this trail, so it's quiet. We saw a few marmot and took a picture of a nice but shy one hiding in the rocks. Its also a bit hard to breathe due to elevation. I recommend lots of water and tons of bug spray.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

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