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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.

Did this trail a bit inadvertently, as I was planning to loop back to the trailhead. The JMT was closed for winter so I took the Panoramic. A great hike with great views. Stopped short of the last footbridge before turning back as it was getting late. Ended up hiking down from Nevada Falls in the dark. Took about 6 hours with only a couple short stops.

hiking
9 hours ago

Beautiful trail. You get to see alot of waterfalls, two upclose and some from afar. The weather was a little challenging since it was freezing at 37deg. Bring alot of water and snacks, you will need it on the way up.

hiking
1 day ago

Started this hike early during a weekday and only ran into a few other people. Didn't do the full loop but carved out a nice piece leaving from the lodge and circling back around near El Capitan. Nice level trek around the valley with some breathtaking views of all Yosemite has to offer.

Wonderful view from the top. 10/10 would do again.

Started at 7am and only ran into one other person on the way up. Amazing views and two lovely waterfalls that were still flowing pretty good. Hope you like stairs because you will be climbing quite a bit of them to reach vernal falls and even more if you want to reach the top of Nevada falls. Bring lots of water!

I did this trail the first weekend of December after the road had been closed to Glacier Point. The views from the trail are breathtaking- you'll really see the whole valley! I also liked the switchbacks way more than the stairs of the Mist Trail. This really is a full day hike, so if you leave later in the morning during the winter months be prepared to hike down in the dark. There were some icy sections of the trail as well, so consider bringing trekking poles or crampons. I had crampons with me and did not regret bringing them. Also be aware there is nowhere to get water along the trail in winter aside from one stream about a quarter mile up from the trail head. The drinking fountains at the top are shut off in winter and the bathrooms closed. Bring enough water for the whole day.

hiking
4 days ago

easy to moderate, Wapama falls was awesome.

hiking
4 days ago

Very easy paved trail, great views of the fall.

great views, easy hike .

hiking
4 days ago

hiked to here with my wife, great hike, hard, but not too hard, wife turned around here while I continued to the top
of upper Yosemite fall.

incredible hike, very hard. Very rewarding. bring water. even in December I drank almost 3 liters.

Beautiful dome at the end of trail with fantastic valley views, as well as the views of half dome, Yosemite falls and el cap. It was not super crowded so it feels like a relatively quieter experience compared to glacier point which is crawling with people (not underestimating glacier point though, it is still a must visit).