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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.

Trail is mint. Uphill from the car park is relentless, but not terribly challenging. Last mile was closed due to snow, but still a great stroll and awesome picture opportunities at every turn.

Counted the switchbacks on the way down (because why not) and there are about 134 in total. Fantastic views on this trail!! Worth it.

Did this trail on Jan 21. The trail isn’t too bad. But there is some snow and ice patches the further up you Go. the pass is technically “closed” at 2.8 miles but there were a lot of footprints beyond there so I broke the rules too. From the closed portion to glacier point it’s pretty much compacted with snow. It’s fine going up but you may want microspikes on the way down for a bit more traction. I found them very useful. I would also recommend trekking poles. I had them and my knees were fine. Most people I met did not and that was their biggest complaint with all the downhill switchbacks. Beautiful route and completely worth the view. Be a rebel.

Great trail the stairs can be tricky with people going up and down at the same time on the same tiny slippery stairs..

My favorite trail. The views are amazing.i hike this once a year!

It’s definitely hard, but so worth it! Take your time.

the stairs really does kick your butt, but the view is worth it!

hiking
3 days ago

did this trail last fall on a whim.hiked from Curry ,and I do mean CURRY village! thinking I was gonna do the valley loop.got to the trail head and said I'll see how far I get and just kept on going!I went at my own pace and stopped to rest when I needed to the views are beyond words and glacier point is the exclamation point!took me pretty much all day, but what a day.couldnt hardly walk for the next 2 days but worth every step! PS not bad for 60!

hiking
3 days ago

did this last summer great trail,I would rate it as moderate bring lots of water great way to beat the crowds of summer and when the falls in Yosemite valley are at a trickle these are still gushing beutiful scenery

Went beyond inspiration point and enjoyed the solitude and killer views of el cap half dome and the valley!
Lots of elevation but totally awesome

hiking
6 days ago

It was difficult, but well worth it!

I am not a poet. Words cannot describe how humbling gods work is. Over every peak, the trail gets more beautiful.

on Four Mile Trail

hiking
8 days ago

This hike was killer! It was a last minute hiking trail we went on, it was tough, gorgeous, and very rewarding throughout the whole hike. It took all day, so if your planning on taking your time make sure your bringing extra water/snacks/flashlights and layers.

Energizing switchbacks with beautiful valley views!

backpacking
8 days ago

The trip was pleasant, hard and fun.
From the parking lot for overnight use to the trailhead there is around 1.5 miles to go.
After the tunnel there are about 6 miles straight uphill climbing about 3000 ft, then around 1 mile flat to beehive meadow, from where 1-2 miles to Laurel lake.
We started from parking lot at 1:30 pm, reached beehive meadow around 5:00 pm, when was already a bit dark. But we decided to go to the lake, where the marking said only 1.2 miles away. However the trail later was cut off by a river. I guess one of the step rock was flushed away, only left us a gap filled with waist deep water which we can't cross. So we had to spent time trace the water and find a spot shallower so we can cross. This was done in total darkness. A little bit scary, so be prepared and leave earlier (we hike relatively fast).
In darkness we spent some time looking for the lake, near the lake and its water outlet creek, there is an awesome camp site which has a fire ring already. The lake is just like 200 yards away and creek is close for water.
The only down side is the lake's edge is not very accessible, so the view is not ideal. But it does not hurt. We had a great time.
The way back is a bit challenging as the terrain downhill was all big pebbles and rocks. Watch out for your ankle and follow a comfortable speed.
We went there in mid-January, however there was no slow and I feel the low is 30F at night. Pretty warm for this time of the year!

backpacking
8 days ago

The trip was pleasant, hard and fun.
From the parking lot for overnight use to the trailhead there is around 1.5 miles to go.
After the tunnel there are about 6 miles straight uphill climbing about 3000 ft, then around 1 mile flat to beehive meadow, from where 1-2 miles to Laurel lake.
We started from parking lot at 1:30 pm, reached beehive meadow around 5:00 pm, when was already a bit dark. But we decided to go to the lake, where the marking said only 1.2 miles away. However the trail later was cut off by a river. I guess one of the step rock was flushed away, only left us a gap filled with waist deep water which we can't cross. So we had to spent time trace the water and find a spot shallower so we can cross. This was done in total darkness. A little bit scary, so be prepared and leave earlier (we hike relatively fast).
In darkness we spent some time looking for the lake, near the lake and its water outlet creek, there is an awesome camp site which has a fire ring already. The lake is just like 200 yards away and creek is close for water.
The only down side is the lake's edge is not very accessible, so the view is not ideal. But it does not hurt. We had a great time.
The way back is a bit challenging as the terrain downhill was all big pebbles and rocks. Watch out for your ankle and follow a comfortable speed.
We went there in mid-January, however there was no slow and I feel the low is 30F at night. Pretty warm for this time of the year!

Awesome trail. Well maintained, amazing views, you really can’t ask for anything better

The stairs will kick your butt... bring snacks and layers!!

Did this hike in 5th grade and planning on doing it again this year! It was an amazing experience and such great scenery. But extremely difficult and can be tough to follow if you do not have an experienced hiker with you.

Not really a hike (all flat) but worth seeing!

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