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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.

Incredible views and strenuous! Definitely worth it!

hiking
16 hours ago

Great weather for ducks! Having said that, I was completely blown away, humbled, and mesmerised by the falls. The rains over the past few days (and significantly added to today!) meant the waterfalls were in full flow. So dramatic. Don't miss this. A very good reason to go out of season (OK several reasons):

No crowds
Not too hot
Bags of water

Hard work, yes, and for those who suffer with a touch of vertigo (I realise I do), I'd say that's yet another reason to go out of season. You need good boots, not trainers as it does get slippery. Take care, I'm not exactly lacking in fitness, but I did a solid face plant having caught my boot in a root....

Wonderful walk, by the time I finished (and thank you to my occasional companion from Chicago) I knew I'd been on a fairly serious hike.

Doooo itttttttttttt....

on Sentinel Dome Trail

hiking
1 day ago

absolutely beautiful view, 360 degrees. I will do it again

some spectacular views of the yosemite valley. I hiked from glacier point to Nevada falls and back up to glacier point. 2nd day, hiked sentinel dome. I will do it again.

Amazing view from the top. Well worth the hike. Less traveled than most hikes in the park. Walking back in the dark with flashlights was doable.

Hiked this trail in late October. Views are amazing, weather was awesome. Some reviews are harsh on the conditions, but considering how much foot traffic there is, the trail isn't really all that bad

Views are spectacular.. loved this hike. The ascent was tougher than I anticipated but the top of Nevada falls is amazing. You can hike this trail if you're not in good shape but you will be pretty miserable by the end. Leave early

Bring extra socks.

The best hike of my life!! Did this hike on 11-9-2017. The weather couldn’t be more perfect.

Will always do this hike when I have the chance. Hiked this last Sunday and the falls were lower but still beautiful. As of 11/12/17 the JMT from Nevada Falls is closed due to ice and you have to go back down to Vernal in order to take the easier switchbacks down. (Be warned after the initial 2,300 ascent the link to JMT requires about 500 more feet of stairs to reach.) Excellent views all around!

Easy and beautiful .

It showed as 13 miles and 3200’ on my tracker. I’m ok with that. It was challenging, and spectacular!

backpacking
4 days ago

Went late July 2017. A lot of snow just in areas near trail made route finding tricky. Mosquitos during the sunrise/sunset hours and near low lying areas-bring headset! Great views, lots of trout at Nelson.#14 black caddis worked well at sunset! Wish I had more time to cross country it to Reyman lake and up/over to Rafferty creek.

Sore legs, great memories!