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Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most scenic and spectacular hikes in the world. Over 3.5 million visitors travel from all corners of the world every year to marvel at the waterfalls and hike the famous trails of the 3rd oldest national park in the United States (Established October 1, 1890). With over 800 miles of trails you are sure to keep yourself busy. Most visitors head straight for Yosemite Valley, but there are many great hikes in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows and the Hetch Hetchy as well. The park's elevation ranges from 2000ft to 13,114ft (600m to 4,000m), stretching from Giant Sequoia groves housing 200ft trees over 2,000 years old, to breath-taking valleys carved by glaciers, and home to the highest waterfall in America, to alpine meadows filled with rivers, lakes, and wildflowers. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife. Tuolumne Meadows is a great area to visit to get away from the large crowds in Yosemite Valley. This area is a few thousand feet higher than the valley and may take some time before becoming completely acclimated. Wawona is in the south western part of Yosemite National Park and is much less visited compared to the Valley. There are several highlights of this area including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia which was protected by Galen Clark 150 years ago and is home to over 300 massive Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest trees in the world still alive today.

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10 hours ago

lovely hike and recommend doing the full loop

Amazing sunset, highly recommend

Lovely walk and included the extended part 6-7 hours to take in Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan and crossed over at the bridge. Some of the paths you have to cross the water via fallen trees or stepping stones. One we couldn't pass as the river/snow melt water was so strong but we just walked along the road for a little bit. you really get away from the masses and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

very easy and short trial. Best to do after 11am when it is out of shade

Easy hike. Heavy to moderate traffic no matter the time of the year. Beautiful walk beneath Half Dome along Tenaya Creek. Great for families. Can be muddy during rainy season.

Gorgeous hike. Many people backpack up this trail. I just did an out-and-back to make it 6 mile hike round trip. Not for people afraid of heights as the numerous switchbacks up the valley wall lend steep views of the valley. Not a very difficult ascent out of the valley.

There's no better place in the world to be than in the Yosemite Valley. The Valley Loop Trial provides incredibly heavenly views of nature's magnificence. Best time to venture here is late October-early November or March ( to avoid the masses).

This was the hardest yet one of the best hikes I have ever done, and this comes after 2 months backpacking and hiking in South America! I parked in Happy Isles and hit the trail at 6:30am. I went up the John Muir trail and came back down the mist trail and would recommend this way round. It's a gruelling but beautiful 6 hours to the top. The first few hours are very steep to the falls but slightly shallower through the forest past Half Dome. I went mid May 2017 and the last few miles were snowy which slowed me down but was very beautiful. The view from the top is worth every step. The panorama is absolutely breathtaking! No words or pictures do it justice. It takes around 4.5 hours going down. I took 3 litres of water and drunk almost all of it. Plenty of food needed as well as advised below! Don't underestimate how challenging the hike is but you will be so well rewarded! 21 miles return and around 11 hours with 1 hour at the top.