Looking for a great trail in Yosemite National Park, California? AllTrails has 229 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 100 moderate trails in Yosemite National Park ranging from 0.6 to 62.2 miles and from 3,802 to 12,542 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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bugs
12 hours ago

Tried this after a long day in Yosemite with 2 kids. Was in a bit of a rush to try and beat sunset over the valley, and a hiker on the way back down said he saw a small bear 15 minutes up the trail and turned around. Because of tired kids and apprehension about the bear, we only went .3 miles or so up the trail - enough for some elevated views over the parking lot. Would have loved to do the whole trail, but it wasn’t meant to be.

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13 hours ago

Gorgeous hike , the waterfalls were amazing. Way too many people though , I easily passed 1000 people going up and down the trail. Just an outrageous amount of people and I was there on a Wednesday

Great hike! Not as many of the regular tourists and the view from the top is amazing! Even saw a marmot on the trail !

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14 hours ago

Freakin awesome trail, especially how it goes into the misty trail and Nevada falls!

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14 hours ago

best night sky and sunset in Yosemite!

views of canyon walls were amazing. Mirror lake isnt as clear or large later in the year. dont take the buss to the trail head. just walk.

beautiful. crowded as it is the first stop in the valley and traffic is terrible.

Completed this hike today! Took us 6 hours in total 9am-3pm. Extremely challenging but worth every step! Saw a bear too, which was incredible. Take loads of water and be prepared to sweat as there’s areas with no shade. Awesome experience.

Amazing views when the crowd is smaller

The approach to the falls on the paved path was pretty crowded, and the lower rock scramble had a lot of people as well. Continuing to boulder to the left put us back into shade (this was around 2:30p?) and we kept going up the far left side against the rock face. The mist from the falls was mostly off of us and we didn’t get too chilled from it. We went basically as far up as we could and got a nice view of the valley - that made the trip more than worth it. Rocks were fairly slippery despite being dry (moreso than Bridalveil falls area).

Would recommend doing this hike earlier in the season. It was beautiful and definitely worth it, but very hot and lacked some water in the streams/was full of dry brush (which was expected in late August). Also a lot of gnats on the trial, but overall was very beautiful

Our first stop in Yosemite - a nice intro with the kids and something they enjoyed. Nice rock scramble past the paved trail. Late morning put this in shade so was quite pleasant in late August.

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22 hours ago

Nice walk through the woods! The trees were incredible! Mostly alone on the hikes except at the landmark trees. Definitely got the heart rate up and a sweat going but mostly energized me for a day of sight seeing and fishing thereafter! Great for a smooth transition to altitude change and more strenuous activities! DID I MENTION THE TREES were incredible!!!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
22 hours ago

This hike was incredibly worthwhile. In Vermont my partner and I trained all summer hiking 3 mountains to practice steep altitude change. So happy we did! The hike was strenuous but worth it. We brought 7 liters of water, on the last mile down we ran out, 8 liters would be best for two people! It took us 7 hours with 1 hour of solid rest and chill in the pools at the top and at the point. We had no idea based on reviews there were places to swim at the top but I suspect that’s not always the case as the water flows faster in spring. Switchbacks at the top are the hardest part especially in 100 degree weather! Whew! And the altitude difference due to where we live... Sandy on the way down: shoes with good grip I recommend. Definitely chill at the falls and then go up to the point! You already made it so far go for it and go to the point- you will not be disappointed. Do the dang hike! I promise the pics don’t do it justice!

the view are great! the hike goes down and if your not conditioned this will be tough to go up. make sure u bring lots of water . there is period of time were there is no shade . My son (15 yrs old ) join us on this hike and he got dehydrated on this hike for the lack of hydrating the day before. Even though we had our son get I'll unexpectedly, we do plan to do this hike again. so I definitely would say this hike is not moderate for uncondition individuals.

Hiked this trail today out and back, Jaw dropping views! Well worth every step. Get ya some!

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1 day ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

Just completed the loop (August 15-18, 2019). Amazing views the whole way but the temperature was unexpected especially in the open areas. The highs were in the +100 degrees so it slowed us down a lot. Plenty of water along the trail which helped out a lot. We went counter clockwise with our first night stay in Tilltill Valley by the creek. The meadow heading into the valley was full of mosquitoes which completely covered us in bites regardless of how much bug repellent we used. Also, the switchbacks after Rancheria Falls were a killer! I highly recommend taking a break at the falls and completely refilling your water supply before making the trek into the valley. The campsite was great with a creek next to us. Our second night was spent at Vernon lake. The switchbacks heading to the lake were not as bad as the first day’s but still strenuous. Campsite was hidden on the NE part of the lake. The floor was rock which was nice and flat. I would have preferred to stay closer to the river on the SW side of the lake, just before the footbridge but the site we chose was an amazing view. There was an active black bear in the area but he didn’t bother us. He paid us one visit and left us alone the rest of the day. Our third night was spent at Laurel Lake, only about 5 miles away. The hike was strenuous at first but then eased up a little bit. Our campsite was on the S end of the lake just before the creek coming from the lake. Beautiful view and a Great Lake to swim in. Lots of deer walking around at night but easily scared. On the fourth day we hiked 8 miles back to our car with mostly down hill trails. I highly recommend this hike but with a warning, plan on a tiring couple of days. Some sort of physical endurance is required but it is definitely rewarding. This trail doesn’t have a lot of visitors, you will feel very secluded until you enter Laurel Lake. A lot of weekend warriors stay there but still not as busy as Yosemite Valley.

Used this map to hike from Olmsted point to The Valley Floor only. Be advised - it is easy to get lost where I marked the blue arrow ( in photos ). A well used trail turns to the left in front of a boulder, some cairns appear to mark a trail but it ends up in some bushes. I believe it leads to some bouldering sites. Stay to the right of that boulder, make sure you stay below HWY 120 for a while ( you can hear cars and people), otherwise you may be misled into the Tenaya Canyon...

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bugs
rocky
1 day ago

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1 day ago

five stars

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bugs
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

This trail was beautiful however, we did see a black bear and a snake. But the views were definitely worth it

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