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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.

Hiked it out and back from Tenaya Lake on July 23rd and conditions were excellent. There is an ankle high water crossing right at the beginning so be prepared to remove your shoes or have wet feet. Otherwise the trail was dry, well marked, and in great shape. I was expecting it to be harder but the Half Dome hike from the Valley I found more difficult. Blue skies and Half Dome views from the top are awesome. Enjoy!

13 hours ago

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20 hours ago

Such a beautiful view of half dome and the falls across the way. Took awhile to get to and not very much hiking to do there. But it was still crazy pretty and we decided to just go hike on one of the nearby trails. Oh and the geology hut is awesome definitely take a look at that if you're interested in that kind of thing!

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20 hours ago

This is a great trail for a Peak of this magnitude. We got off trail trying to avoid the snow fields but if you you just go straight through the fields if they are present then look for the LARGE cairns; they will keep you on trail and lead you directly to the summit. If you have to ask yourself if you are on the main trail, you probably aren't.

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1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail with an awesome up-close view of the falls at the end. Loved it!

This amazing hike was worth the climb. Definitely one of the most grueling hikes I've ever done. We hit the trailhead at 7am and made it to the top of the falls at 9am. We talked to a heavyset family and they took 4 hours to get up. It feels long and is uphill the whole way, and is mainly comprised of granite steps and loose sand. Coming downhill on the granite is pretty slippery so I would definitely recommend wearing GOOD hiking shoes. Lots of ill prepared hikers wearing Nike's or sandals had a hard time gaining traction. Trekking poles are also a good idea, your knees will thank you.

Once you're at the top, you have a great view of the valley and can walk down some cabled steps to get closer to the waterfall. There aren't many guardrails so I wouldn't bring young kids even if they somehow made it up the whole hike.

We went a bit further (another .8 miles) to Yosemite Point which is the peak to the right of the falls (if you're looking up at it from the valley), and that was also spectacular. It was even less crowded up there and very quiet.

I went through about 3.5 liters of water, so bring plenty of H2O!

My first ever backpacking trip. Hard and incredible. The views are outstanding, and I think it's easier to get to Half Dome this way than from the Valley floor.

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2 days ago

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2 days ago

lots of fun scurrying up the rocks to the waterfall. it's very easy and paved for the first bit, but when you leave the path and start up on the slippery rocks it becomes much more challenging and fun!