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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.

We went on the Lower Yosemite Falls trail as soon as we got to Yosemite an hour ago. It's a very easy hike that's pleasant and quick. Makes you appreciate being here. Plenty of photo opportunities too.

hiking
1 day ago

My husband and I hiked to Half Dome this past Tuesday and words cannot accurately describe how incredibly amazing it was. Whatever you do, do not give up once you get to the cables! You already did the hardest part by climbing up those nutty ass steps on the sub Dome. Shake your nerves out, put on your gloves, and do it. You'll need at minimum 4 liters of water so if you can't carry that much, bring a filter thing and get water from the river. Trust me, you'll drink every last drop!

Great easy hike heading towards Yosemite.

backpacking
1 day ago

This is the most rewarding hike we've ever done. Make sure to bring lots of water and bug spray. The mosquitoes were outrageous in the forest. Definitely allow atleast 10 hours to do it.

View from the top is well worth the climb

Fun hike , not too hard. Did it with Sentinel Dome.

1 day ago